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AGM Governance Roles 2020

Three important governance roles are also up for election in 2020. Elections will take place on the Sunday morning of the National Conference and Annual General Meeting on 20-21 June 2020. 

Amnesty International United Kingdom Section is a democratic, membership-led organisation. Many of our key governance positions are elected by our members. Board members are elected by a national ballot of members. Other important roles are elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

AGM Chairperson

The Chair presides over the business of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) and is elected annually subject to a limit of three consecutive years. Experience of chairing large meetings is essential. The AGM Chair will also chair AGM planning and review meetings, maintain order and debate during AGM business, and advise the Board and Amnesty members on AGM rules and resolutions.

  • One AGM Chair role is up for election in 2020

Standing orders committee

The Standing Orders Committee (SOC) consists of three members who are elected for a three-year term at the AGM. Standing Orders are the rules under which general meetings are conducted. The role of the Committee is to apply the Standing Orders to all business relating to AGMs and EGMs. The SOC advises the chairperson during general meetings and, in addition, the SOC updates the Standing Orders to reflect changing needs and external legal requirements. The SOC submits a report and any suggested changes to Standing Orders to each general meeting for ratification. Candidates for election need to be  available for AGM/EGM preparatory meetings and reviews after, as well as attending the AGM/EGMs. Experience of managing Standing Orders or agenda committees of similar membership organisations is desirable.

  • One place is available for election at the 2020 AGM

Members’ and Directors’ Appeals Committee (MDAC)

Elections for the MDAC take place every three years except when a vacancy occurs. The purpose of the committee is to consider any appeals made by individuals who have been denied membership by virtue of serious misconduct or bringing AIUK into disrepute. Ideally candidates should have experience of dealing with high level disputes and disciplinary procedures, such as employment tribunals, and the ability to hear arguments from the Board and the applicant through a fair and open procedure.

  • One place is available for election at the 2020 AGM.


If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow member for one of the above roles please email no later than Friday 17 April 2020.

If an election is required, this will take place at the AGM on Sunday 21 June 2020. Nominees up for election will be given the opportunity to give a one-minute speech at the AGM as to why they should be elected. If you wish to nominate yourself but cannot attend the AGM, the Returning Officer would be pleased to read out an election statement on your behalf. Voting will take place at the AGM and the final announcement of the successful postholders will be made once voting has closed. Successful nominees will take up their posts immediately.