Labour Women's Network Elections and AGM 2019 - Are you ready to stand?

ELECTIONS UPDATE AS OF 19th AUGUST 2019:

Polls are now open in our election and verified LWN members will receive an email or postal letter for ERS (Electoral Reform Service) with candidates’ statements, voting instructions and a unique voting code.

Polls will close on Tuesday, 10th September 2019, at noon, with the results being announced on Saturday, 21st September 2019 at our AGM at Labour Party Annual Conference in Brighton (please see all the information below).

If you haven’t received your ballot by the start of September, please get in touch here, and we will investigate and reissue if necessary. Please check your junk mail first; the email will come from Electoral Reform Services (not LWN).

Candidates
If you would like to read the candidates’ statements, please click here.

You can find lots more information below about our elections and AGM.


Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday, 21st September 2019 in The Hilton Brighton Metropole in the Tyne Room, just before the start of Annual Conference, starting at 12.30 prompt. The AGM is open to full members of LWN.

Please be aware that the AGM is in the Conference secure zone, 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.

Management Committee Elections 2019

Calling all potential candidates…. 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. The next few years are going to be very exciting for us and we have plans for more and bigger training, events and continue to campaign plus much more - so we require a hardworking, committed committee.

This year we will be holding elections for:
Chair (1),
Secretary (1),
Treasurer (1), and 
Four (4) Committee Members

All full members of Labour Women's Network are entitled to stand, as long as you have been a member of LWN for four months prior to the date nominations open (13th June 2019).

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

At our last AGM, we changed our constitution, so that at least one space on the Management Committee is reserved for a BAME woman. You can find out more about this in the FAQ.

All LWN committee positions are for a two year term, except the Treasurer post, which on this occasion is for one year.  You can find out more about this in the FAQ.

Nominations open on Thursday, 13th June 2019 and will close at noon on Tuesday, 16th July 2019.

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 usually hold a committee meeting once a month; mainly in London on a weekday evening, and 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). The meetings schedule for the year ahead shall be determined at or shortly after the October Away Day to allow Committee Members maximum opportunity to attend. It is also hoped that committee members will be available to assist at annual and women’s conference and other events we hold, including our training weekends.

Posts Being Elected

Chair (1)
The Chair is the public face of LWN and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of organisation. This includes chairing meetings, co-ordinating the work of the Committee, agreeing and ensuring progress towards strategic goals, and representing LWN with external stakeholders. 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 LWN Chair, please nominate yourself here

Secretary (1)
The Secretary ensures the operational smooth running of LWN, including oversight over membership, communications and LWN’s responsibilities as an employer (currently of two part time members of staff). She works closely with the other LWN officers - the Chair, Treasurer and Training Co-ordinator, and others to advance LWN and the interests of its members.

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

Treasurer (1)
The Treasurer is responsible for oversight over LWN's finances. This includes taking a lead role in producing accounts, budgets and financial reports; holding administrative responsibility for LWN bank accounts; and making sure that LWN complies with its legal responsibilities, including reporting to the electoral commission. The Treasurer also leads on fundraising in conjunction with staff, Officers and Committee.

If you want to stand as LWN Treasurer, 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 an LWN Committee Member, please nominate yourself here

For all posts, you will need to prepare a 250 word personal statement for your nomination form. This statement will be made available to LWN members with their ballots, placed on our website once polls are open and sent via a link with voting instructions to eligible members, and shared on social media.

Please note: LWN (or you) cannot amend your statement once it has been submitted on your nomination form; any words after the 250 limit will be removed without notice so please count (spell check etc...) your words carefully.

Key dates for our Management Committee Election:

Nominations open: Thursday, 13th June 2019,
Nominations close: Tuesday, 16th July, at noon,
Polls opens: Monday, 19th August 2019
Eligible voting members will receive an email or letter via Electoral Reform Services (ERS) with voting details. Candidate’s statements will also be on our website from this date.
Polls close: Tuesday, 10th September 2019, at noon
Results announced: Saturday, 21st September 2019 at our AGM at Labour Party Annual Conference in Brighton

If you haven’t received your ballot by the start of September, please get in touch here, and we will investigate and reissue if necessary. Please check your junk mail first; the email will come from Electoral Reform Services (not LWN).


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 inform you 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 commissioned ERS (Electoral Reform Services) to administer our election (as do the national Labour Party and 90%+ of Trade Union elections).

ERS will send out email’s or letter’s to eligible members with voting instructions and a link to candidate statements. If we haven’t got an email address for you or you have unsubscribed from our emails, you should receive this via post, but it would be helpful if you could update your preferences so we can email you in the future.

If you haven’t received your ballot by the start of September, please get in touch via email with Jane at Jane@lwn.org.uk , and we will investigate and reissue if necessary. Please check your junk mail first; the email will come from Electoral Reform Services.

Helen Pearce, LWN Secretary is Acting Returning Officer.

I’ve submitted my personal statement, what happens to it next and what happens if it more than 250 words?
Your statement will be made available on our website once polls are open and sent via a link with voting instructions to eligible members. Once it’s been submitted on your nomination form it cannot be amended by you or LWN. It’s important that you think about your personal statement and what you want to say in advance, click here for a few tips.

We ask that you make sure your statement is 250 words or below. If your statement is over 250 words we will remove the last few words to make it 250 words without notice. So it is VERY important that you check your word count and spelling, grammar etc.  You are able to cut, copy and paste into the document from Microsoft Word.

I’ve heard you have one reserved spot for a BAME woman on the Management Committee, how does this work?
Yes, last year we changed our constitution at the AGM to have one fixed post on our Management Committee reserved for a BAME woman who receives the highest number of votes.

On the nomination form you will be asked if you self-define at BAME, please tick if this applies to you, complete the nomination form, write your personal statement and submit, and we will do the rest.

Why is the Treasurer's post only for one year?
Our current Treasurer is retiring in the middle of her term of office, therefore the new Treasurer will serve one year and then be up for re-election in 2020 to serve a two year term.

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.

When and how will I find out the results of the election?
We will email out all candidates on the morning of the 21st September, and ask that you keep this information to yourself until 2pm.  This email will be a very short email just giving details of who has been elected. Upon request (but after Labour Party Annual Conference) we can provide more details about the votes cast etc...

What is, and happens at the AGM?
An annual general meeting (AGM) is a constitutional 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 ask questions of 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. We ask that all candidates do their best to attend our AGM.

Our AGM is usually held on the Saturday morning before Women’s Conference but as this year Women’s Conference was a separate event we will be holding it before the Labour Party Annual Conference.

This year our AGM will take place on Saturday, 21st September 2019 in the Tyne Room The Hilton Brighton Metropole, starting at 12.30.

Please be aware that the AGM is in the Conference secure zone, therefore you will need a Conference pass to attend; more details are available on the Labour Party’s website here.

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

Helen Pearce
Labour Women’s Network Secretary and Acting Returning Officer 2019