Amnesty International UK Section
- About the UK Section
- International Council Meeting Member's Forum
- UK Section constitution
- How the Section is governed
- Board elections and tenure
- Board members
- Board meeting dates
- Board minutes
- Board papers
Our 12-month Governance 'taskforce'The 2013 Annual General Meeting decided to establish a task force to review governance of Amnesty International UK. It is likely that between May 2013 and April 2014 the group will meet between four to six times. The deadline for applications to join the taskforce has now passed.
If you are interested in what the duties of the taskforce are, please:
Amnesty UK board ballot 2013 - 2016
Join our Subcommittees
Amnesty's Board of Directors is given advice on areas such as expenditure and policy-making by a range of specialist Subcommittees. This year four of those sub-committees are looking for new members to join their teams:
The deadline for applications is Friday 21 June.
This is the body responsible for most of the operations carried out by the UK Section - specifically, campaigning, communications, fundraising and administration. Members, groups and networks belong to this body.
In addition, Amnesty International UK Section owns/leases the offices and shops used by the UK Section and carries out the majority of the Section's trading activities. Amnesty Freestyle is a limited company and the trading subsidiary of the UK Section, accounting for events such as The Secret Policeman's Ball.
To contact us about the governance of Amnesty International UK, please email email@example.com
UK section report 2012
Amnesty International UK's 2012 report, Preparing the ground for change, offers an overview of the section's activities in 2011 including:
- Cases and campaigns
- Building support for human rights
- Learning about human rights
- The global movement
Download the UK section report here:
We have set up a new forum for members to discuss everything related to International Council Meetings and the views expressed on the forum will be fed into our own governance meetings. So if you are an Amnesty member and want to share your views on the future of the movement have your say now
Working with others: an independent review
In April 2010, Amnesty's International Secretariat, along with Amnesty UK, appointed external consultants to conduct an independent review into its work with partner organisations. The review is available to download in full below:
Read the full report - Working with others: an independent review (PDF)
Amnesty's initial response to the review is available on the International Secretariat website
Download the current Amnesty International UK Section constitution which incorporates the amendments agreed at the 2009 Annual General Meeting:
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The board of directors is the primary governing structure for Amnesty International UK.
Board members are elected members of Amnesty and meet eight times a year. They are responsible for interpreting and taking forward the decisions made at the Annual General Meeting, through the director. They also exercise general management of the section, through the director.
The board can elect standing committees and working groups to help in delivering this - as it sees fit.
The board is made up of members nominated by various constituent groups of the UK section. Two members are nominated by local groups, two by networks, and one by country coordinators. The remaining places are open to any member to put themselves forward for election.
Board members serve a three-year term of office and can be re-elected for one further three-year term before standing down. After a gap of one year they may stand for election to the board again if they wish. The board may also co-opt up to three additional members to serve one-year terms.
After the results of the election of new members of the Board are declared (normally within 10 days of the AGM), the new Board elects from within its members a Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer at its first meeting after the AGM.
Ciarnan Helferty (Chair)
Cris Burson-Thomas (Acting Treasurer)
Hugh joined Amnesty in Hong Kong (2003), serving on the board there and attending the 2007 ICM. As London Regional Representative (2008-11) he re-started Amnesty's first ever group in Hampstead which he chaired. A member of the International Issues subcommittee since 2008, Hugh has also been editing a member's newsletter on international issues since 2010. A language and cultural communications trainer in Asia and the UK for 15 years, Hugh is committed to developing greater and more effective communication within Amnesty UK's membership. Now based at Newcastle University, Hugh was elected to the board in 2012.
Read Hugh's manifesto (pdf)
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If you require Board minutes or meeting papers that aren't listed below, they can be requested from our Support Care Team on 020 7033 1777 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Papers - 1 December 2012
Board papers - 12 July 2012
|[Acrobat PDF]||Board Agenda 12 July 2012|
|[Acrobat PDF]||Treasurer Report July 2012|
|[Acrobat PDF]||Director's report July 2012|
|[Acrobat PDF]||ICM Reform Input from the IISC July 2012|
|[Acrobat PDF]||Chair's Assembly Input from the IISC July 2012|
|[Acrobat PDF]||Final Report Against Plan Q2 2012|
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|[Acrobat PDF]||IISC Meeting Report 9 June 2012|