What is a board member?

The Board is responsible for the strategic planning and decision-making which take the Association forward. Being elected by your peers to serve on the Board carries lots of benefits and most headteachers recognise the enhancement of your professional status that this brings. 

As the SLA is both a company and a charity board members are registered trustees (as a Registered Charity: 313660 in England and Wales, SC039453 in Scotland), and also Directors of the SLA as a Company limited by Guarantee, (registered in England no. 552476).

It is important that the board reflects the widest possible range of sectors, regions and experience and represents the diversity of the United Kingdom.  Our trustees have a wide range of skills and new trustees are appointed with any skills gap in mind.

Our vacancies are therefore advertised widely across the library, education and volunteering sectors.

The SLA Trustees

The Process

We will be looking for members with enthusiasm and commitment to stand for election to the upcoming vacant positions as they become available.  Trustees are normally elected at an AGM for a three year term (renewable once if re-elected).  

Vacancies are advertised in Spring for the next AGM.  Following an initial application form and subject to the legal Declaration Form being completed, a shortlist of candidates will progress to interview by a selection committee of Trustees.  Recommended candidates will then be put forward to the members for election at the AGM. Board applicants will need to write a short statement so that members can identify the best candidate. 

If you are interested in applying please read through the nomination form, the declaration form and the roles and responsibilities below. If you have any questions Sue Bastone, Chair of the Board, would be delighted to hear from you -

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