The APComm Annual General Meeting took place during Conference. At the AGM it was announced that the election process for the role of Chair will take place in alternate years to the elections for the other executive roles. This means that you have the opportunity to stand for Chair now.
The process for election to the role of Chair will be as follows:
- Nominations – If you wish to nominate yourself to stand for the post of Chair, you can do so between Monday 12 – Friday 30 November 2018. All you need to do is complete the form attached to this month’s bulletin (or email the secretary if you’ve not received this) and get three APComm members to sign to support your nomination.
- You will need to provide 400 words outlining what you as an individual will bring to the role of chair, and a head and shoulders picture.
- All nominees will have their picture and supporting statement placed on to the APComm website and between Monday 3 – Friday 14 December 2018, members will get the chance to vote for their choice of chair.
- Voting – votes are collective – one per force or organisation, and details of how to do this will be circulated nearer the time.
Vice Chair role – While elections for the posts of Vice Chair will take place in November 2019, we do currently have a vacancy due to one of our Vice Chairs being away from work at present. We would like to extend the opportunity for members to step up and fill this vacant role until the next election process, and would welcome expressions of interest from anyone considering doing this. Interested? Then email the secretary by Friday 30 November.
Treasurer / Membership Secretary – It was agreed at the AGM that going forward, this role would not be an elected post, but that the executive committee would appoint to the role. Nonetheless, when the post becomes vacant, the exec will still offer the opportunity for expressions of interest, but the post will not pass through the formal process of elections. The constitution will be amended accordingly to reflect this.
All that remains to say is – GET INVOLVED! You do not need to be a Head of Communications to stand for the roles – you just need the knowledge and skills to bring to the role, and the time to dedicate to moving the Association foreword.
You will need permission from your line manager and Chief Officer Group, as all roles require a minimum of attendance at four national meetings each year in work time, plus additional meetings and events as required. You must also be prepared to dedicate several hours a week in your own time.
However, the rewards are many, including the opportunity to shape and influence the future direction of the Association, gain an overview of national issues and matters, and form networks with peers within police communications, and among partners.
Any one of the exec is happy to have a confidential and informal discussion – just get in touch.