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).

Every board member is also a member of a sub-group which focuses on specific SLA outputs.


Who can take part?

Any SLA member can become a Trustee/Director. We try to make sure the board reflects the range of sectors, regions and experience, so it is important that members get involved. 


We will advertise any vacancies as widely as possible as we want our board to represent a wide range of opinions, viewpoints and experiences. 


The SLA Trustees


Get Involved

We will be looking for members with enthusiasm and commitment to stand for election to the upcoming vacant positions as they become available.

 Being on the Board means you will legally be a Trustee/Director of the SLA. If successful you will be required to sign the Trustee Declaration Form at the bottom of the page. 

The nomination process for the next new board members will be announced in December 2019.

The Process

Step 1

Fill out the nomination form, and submit it by the closing date

Step 2

After the closing date, we open the nominations, and should we have received more applications than there are places available SLA members vote to decide.

Step 3

If no vote is needed the SLA will contact you to let you now you've been successful. If a vote is needed, this is opened and remains open for about a month. The results of the vote are counted and nominees are informed whether they have been successful.

Step 4

In June you will join the board, and take up a role in the planning and strategy.

Useful Documents