Steve Frampton’s final term of office as AoC President is due to finish on 31 July 2020, and accordingly we are now inviting nominations for the role of President for the period 1 August 2020 – 31 July 2021.
Under AoC’s Articles of Association, nominations are valid from serving principals of current member colleges at the time of nomination.
We have decided to go ahead with this election despite being in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis because the President role is important. The President is part of the link between members and the strategy and work of the organisation. The crisis we are in has shown how vital colleges are to our society and communities, but it has also shown how important AoC is in supporting members through uncertain and worrying times.
Whilst the election this year will be carried out in the normal way, the context is far from normal. We also expect the new President will have to operate in a different way in the next academic year because of restrictions we believe will still be in place for some time. Because of that we are keen for anyone considering nomination to have a conversation with David Hughes, Julie Nerney or Steve Frampton about how this might work in 2020-21. It’s not compulsory, but it might help you decide whether this is a role for you.
Enclosed is a nomination form should you be interested in standing. AoC President role description is also provided.
Please read carefully all of the explanatory notes on the nomination form which, together with this letter and the Articles of Association of the AoC, form the rules of the election.
The total number of days the President is required to spend on AoC work during their year in office is 50 days a year. A certain amount of time will naturally be spent in London, but they will also travel throughout the UK engaging with members, partners, stakeholders and colleagues.
As a serving college principal, the President will remain an employee of their College and will not be employed by the AoC. A formal secondment agreement will be put in place between the College and the AoC to confirm this, and to make clear that no separate employment rights accrue to the President during their period of office.
Your Corporation may propose one candidate for AoC President. You must obtain a seconder for your proposal who must be a chair or principal from another member College. If your Corporation has been the seconder for another Corporation’s proposal, that does not preclude you from making your own proposal. Proposal forms may be signed by either the Principal or Chair, and it is expected that the Governing Body of the College, whose Principal is looking to be elected as President, will recognise the demands of the role and will wholeheartedly support the nomination.
The President will formally assume office from 01 August 2020, and will follow an induction programme held during July 2020.
The procedure for the election is as follows:
- Nomination forms, together with a 200 word (maximum) supporting statement, should be scanned via email to the Returning Officer: Jim Edwards, Company Secretary no later than 12 noon on Friday 29 May 2020.
- If, after the nomination process, there is only one candidate, there will be no requirement for an election;
- If, however, there is more than one nomination, an electronic ballot will be opened to all member colleges, and will commence on Monday 01 June 2020.
- The ballot will close at 12 noon on Monday 15 June 2020;
- If there is any dispute or question concerning or arising from the election process, the decision and ruling of the returning officer shall be final. If it is necessary to alter any of the proposed timetable or these rules, the AoC reserves its right to do so, subject to its Articles of Association.
If you have any questions about the election process, or wish to arrange a discussion with Julie Nerney (AoC Chair) or David Hughes (CEO) regarding the role of President, please contact Jim Edwards on 0207 034 9686 or by e-mail.