English UK's board of trustees and AGM
The board of trustees of English UK and the chief executive are responsible for the conduct of the association's business outside the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The board has 12 seats including a Chair and vice-Chair. Members serve for a maximum of three years and are eligible for re-election for a further period of three years. The Chair and vice-Chair are eligible to serve for a maximum of nine years. At least one-third of the serving members retire each year, with elections to the board taking place each year ahead of the AGM. The AGM is usually held each May at the Members' Conference.
We encourage members to participate as fully as possible in the association by voting and participating in elections to the board, supporting our campaigning and lobbying efforts, completing member surveys, and attending training and conferences including the AGM.
2022 board elections
There were seven available seats on the board of trustees for the three years from May 2022 to May 2025.
The election timetable:
- Board nominations opened on Friday 25 March
- Board nominations closed on Friday 22 April
- Voting opened on Wednesday 27 April
- Voting closed on Friday 13 May
- Results of the election were announced at the AGM on Friday 20 May
The elected candidates:
- Catrin Diamantino of Bell English
- Spencer Fordham of Capital School of English
- Mark Rendell of International House London, and
- Farhan Quraishi of Speak Up London
- Mary Doody of Kings Young Learners
- Neil Harris of CELT Cardiff, and
- Francesca Giacomini of North West Academy of English in Northern Ireland
Members' Conference & AGM
The English UK Members' Conference is one of the highlights of the English UK calendar, giving you, our members, the chance to share your experiences, help shape the association and meet your representatives. Our 2022 members' conference was a hybrid event held on Friday 20 May in London at etc.venues County Hall and online.
The English UK AGM, is held as part of the Members' Conference.
The AGM's purpose is to:
- Allow members to receive and endorse reports from the trustees on the achievements and work of the association over the year including the Annual Report, financial accounts and complaint cases heard by the Ombudsman.
- Announce the results of Board elections.
- Consider any nominations for Honorary Members or Fellows.
- Make any changes to the association's rule book or constitution (the Memorandum and Articles of Association), if necessary.
- Discuss other matters that affect the entire organisation.
During the meeting members are encouraged to vote on matters on the agenda and ask questions. At the end of the meeting, the newly elected trustees are introduced to the membership.
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Member consultation on the English UK Rulebook (May - June 2022)
As an important part of our ongoing governance review, led by our Governance Task & Finish Group, we are asking member centres to share their views in a member consultation.
The English UK governance review
In 2021, we established the task and finish group to undertake a thorough review of English UK's constitution and make recommendations to the board and the wider membership. The English UK constitution was adopted in 2004 and the association and membership have changed significantly since then. The impact of Covid-19 has accelerated some existing trends and introduced new challenges. The board of trustees felt that the time was right to review the rules, articles of association and overall governance of English UK.
This consultation will take place in two phases. In the first phase, we asked member centres for their feedback on a couple of specific areas: choosing the chair; and fostering diversity, inclusivity and representation. This phase closed on Monday 13 June 2022. In the second phase, member centres will review the draft Rulebook and submit their comments and questions to English UK as part of the member Q&A session held from 11:00 on Friday 21 October 2022. Timothy Blake, the chair of our Governance Task & Finish Group, will be in attendance to asnwer any questions. Members can also submit written feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 17:00 on Friday 28 October 2022.
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Board of Trustees meeting minutes
At the 2021 English UK AGM a conference resolution on the publishing of minutes of the board of trustees meetings was passed. All minutes of board of trustees meetings, from June 2021 onwards, will be available to members here:
AGM meeting papers and minutes
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