AGM & Management Committee Elections 2017

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday, 23rd September 2017 in the Balmoral Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole at Labour Party Conference, Brighton starting at 10.30am.  Everyone is welcome but only full members of LWN are entitled to vote, if there should be any. 

The Balmoral Room is in the secure zone of Women’s conference, therefore you will need a Conference pass to attend; more details are available on the Labour Party’s website here

At our AGM, you will find out the results of our elections (see below), receive reports from the Committee on our activities during the last year, and hear from speakers.

The deadline for amendments to the LWN Constitution is 2nd September 2017, 5pm. Please email here.   

Management Committee Elections 2017

Do you think you've got what it takes to join LWN's Management Committee?

Every year, full LWN members elect a Committee who are responsible for all the work we do during the year.  Over the next couple of years, we are looking to expand our gold-standard training schemes, increase our events around the UK and run new campaigns for women's power and agency in the Labour Party - so we require a hardworking, committed committee.

This year we will be holding elections for:

Chair;
Secretary; and
Four (4) Committee Members

All full members of LWN are entitled to stand, as long as you have been a member for four (4) months prior to the date nominations open. 

We warmly welcome and encourage involvement from women from all communities and backgrounds, including LBT women, women with disabilities, BAME women and working class women. Committee members are expected to support making LWN as inclusive an organisation as possible.

All LWN committee positions are for a two year term.

Nominations open on Monday, 24th July and will close at 5pm on the 21st August 2017. 

What does an LWN committee member do?

Each non portfolio committee member will be assigned a specific set of responsibilities at the first committee meeting following the AGM and will be expected to lead LWN's work in that area.

Alongside individual responsibilities committee members will be expected to support larger LWN work, help run the organisation not simply advise on strategy, and be actively involved in LWN projects including organising our annual dinner and fundraising events, attend and deliver our training sessions and helping at annual and regional conferences.  Many of these activities may be around the UK.

We hold a committee meeting once a month; mainly in London on a weekday evening, expenses are paid for members who need to travel to attend, have phone conference meetings when required and hold special committee meetings to discuss strategy or a specific task once or twice a year (these may not be in London). It is also hoped that committee members will be available to assist at annual conference with our activities.

Posts Being Elected

Chair (1)

The Chair of LWN is responsible for chairing meetings, co-ordinating the work of the Committee, co-managing LWN's part-time administrator and representing LWN at various levels in various ways.  She will co-ordinates projects and progress and has an overview of our work. She works closely with the other LWN officers - the Secretary, Treasurer and Training Co-ordinator, and others to advance LWN and the interests of its members.

If you want stand as Chair of LWN please nominate yourself here.

Secretary (1)

The Secretary acts as Secretary to the Management Committee and deals with general administrative matters, including membership and co- manages our part-time administrator. She may need to represent LWN at meetings, liaises with other officers between meetings, and works as part of a team of women to develop LWN's activities, membership, funding and influence in the Party.

If you want to stand as Secretary of LWN please nominate yourself here.

Committee Members (4)

Members of the LWN committee are expected to take an active role in LWN's work, this includes supporting events through organisation and attendance, attending committee meetings and representing LWN at other labour movement events as a minimum.

Each non portfolio committee member will be assigned a specific set of responsibilities at the first committee meeting following the AGM and will be expected to lead LWN's work in that area.

Alongside individual responsibilities committee members will be expected to support larger LWN events and projects.

If you want to stand as a Committee Member of LWN please nominate yourself here.

For all posts, you will need to prepare a 250 word statement for your nomination form.  The same statement will be made available on our website once polls open and sent via a link with voting instructions.  Please note: LWN (or you) cannot amend your statement once it has been submitted on your nomination form and any words after the 250 limit will be removed.  

Management Committee Key Dates

Nominations open:                              24th July 2017, 
Nominations close:                              21st August 2017, 5pm
Polls opens:                                        1st September 2017, 9am      
Polls close:                                          18th September 2017, 5pm
Results announced:                             23rd September 2017, at our AGM at Annual Conference

The polls will open on the 1st September till the 18th September 2017, an email or letter from ERS (Electoral Reform Service) will be sent to eligible LWN members on the 1st September, with details on how to vote in our elections. 

 

FAQ...

 

I have just nominated myself, what happens now?

Once your nomination has been submitted, we will verify that you are eligible to stand.  The only reasons you will not be able to stand in our elections are:

a) you are not a full member of LWN, and/or
b) that you have not had four months membership prior to the nominations opening.  

If you are not eligible to stand in our election, we will contact you to discuss this as soon as possible.  For all eligible nominations we will contact you once nominations close.  

Who conducts LWN's election process?

For a number of years now we have paid ERS (the Electoral Reform Service) to administer our election (as do the national Labour Party and 90%+ of Trade Union elections). 

ERS will send out an email to eligible members with voting instructions and a link to candidate statements.  If we haven’t got an email address for you, you should receive this via post.

If you haven’t received your ballot by the 6th September, please get in touch here, and we can investigate why.  Please check your junk mail first; the email will come from Electoral Reform Service.

Sarah Thompson, LWN Treasurer is Acting Returning Officer.

Will I be able to see who else is up for election?

Yes, once the polls are open we will put all the personal statements on our website and each eligible LWN member will receive voting instructions and a link to candidate statements.

What is, and happens at the AGM?

An annual general meeting (AGM) is a mandatory, yearly gathering of our members. It allows members to hear reports from the Committee on the achievements and work of LWN over the year.  Members can also question the Committee and make suggestions for next year.

At our AGM we also announce the results of our Management Committee Elections, and if required make any changes to the constitution.

Our AGM is usually held on the Saturday prior to Women’s Conference at the Labour Party Annual Conference, normally starting around 10.30am (don’t worry if you are attending women’s conference, as we are normally finished before the start of conference).

This year we our AGM will be on Saturday, 23rd September 2017 in the Balmoral Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole at Labour Party Conference, Brighton starting at 10.30am.

Paperwork will be circulated at the meeting only, however the exception to this is if we have constitutional changes; where the require notice period will be given to members and details of any constitution changes will be sent via email to eligible members.  The deadline for amendments to the LWN Constitution is 5pm on 2nd September 2017.

We also try to have a speaker to say a few words.

We hope this gives you all the information you need, but please get it touch here if you have any questions.

Sarah Thompson
Labour Women’s Network Treasurer and Acting Returning Officer 2017