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Election to the IAPB Board

At the 2014 Council meeting in Paris, IAPB members approved key recommendations from the year-long governance review. The changes included the possibility for all members to vote and be elected for a number of seats on the Board. Here is a quick guide to the new rules.

How can I stand for election to the IAPB Board?

Alongside trustees who are directly chosen by key constituencies within the IAPB membership, the IAPB Board now includes eight elected seats. These are reserved for candidates from Group B or C members. You don’t have to be the chief executive of your organisation, but you will need committment as well as leadership and strategic experience.

Terms of reference for the Board, as well as a trustee role description and person specification can be found here. You should assess your suitability against these, before considering an application.

Candidates can be nominated  by any IAPB Council Member (including the nominee's own organisation) and seconded by another. However, they must be drawn exclusively from Group B or C member organisations.

Full guidance on the election and selection of the IAPB Board can be found here

What kind of commitments are involved, being on the IAPB Board?

Election to the Board is for an initial four-year term. Re-election for a further four-year period is possibile, after which you must stand down for at least one term.

There are two Board meetings per year and the Annual General Meeting held alongside one of them. Location of meetings rotate around the world, however accessibility and costs are key criteria when choosing a host city. Whenever possible, Board members are asked to fund costs of attending meetings through their own organisations. However, in circumstances when that is not feasibile, IAPB will endevaour to support attendance so that staff of smaller organisations are not discouraged from standing.

As a Board member you may also be selected to serve on individual Board committees, or asked to represent IAPB at external meetings. There is a substantial amount of reading and paperwork associated with the governance of the organisation, predominantly in the run-up to Board meetings, which will require your energy and attention. Board Members who are elected can expect to receive a full induction.

Next election

Six out of the eight available elective seats have been filled following the first election held in 2014. The next election is scheduled to take place at the Council meeting in 2016. The Board may decide to call for a by-election to fill seats left vacant (there are currently two), or to replace elected trustees resigning from the board. 

You can see the current composition of the IAPB Board here.

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