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ers (The NEC). Four of the vacancies are for regional representatives in the North W est, East, London & the West Midlands regions of England. Two are for representatives for Scotland and Wales. The members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) are charity trustees and company directors of Community Matters (registered as The National Federation of Community Organisations). They are jointly responsible for a chari table company with an annual income of over £1million and fifteen employees. The NEC is responsible for managing the affairs of Community Matters. The NEC currently meets four times a year on a Saturday usually in London. NEC members are also expected to attend Community Matters Annual Conference and AGM which this year will be held on 15th October. A fair amount o f reading is required in preparation for meetings, plus the requirement for NEC members to support the Chief Executive in commenting on both internal and government policy/consultation documents. The NEC also establishes a number of sub-committees, including a Finance and General Purposes Sub-committee, a Standing Orders Sub-committee, a Human Resources Committee, and working groups as and when required. NEC members are expected to serve on 2 or 3 sub-committees and working groups, alongside staff a nd others drawn from outside the NEC. Meeting times and venues are set to suit the membership of each group. Where necessary this will take into account the fact t hat some offices are inaccessible to people who find stairs a problem. Members of th e NEC may be asked to represent Community Matters on outside bodies. Members from England are expected to act as a contact person within their region and the representatives from Scotland and Wales in their countries. All expenses incurred on NEC business are reimbursed within agreed guidelines therefore NEC members should never be out of pocket as a result of the work undertaken on behalf of Community Matters. NEC members are able to contribute their local experience to national policymaking. They are able to appreciate the much broader national picture and develop their knowledge, skills and confidence. An NEC member has described it a s `an adventure'. Most find it satisfying and enjoyable.
Any member or paid employee of a member organisation of Community Matters can be nominated. The nomination must be made by a member organisation. If you wish to discuss further the responsibilities and rewards of being a Trustee of Community Matters please contact either the current Chair, Gerwyn Jones on 01792 549303 or the Chief Executive, David Tyler on 020 7837 7887. Election of 2011 members At the 2011 AGM of Community Matters (The National Federation of Community Organisations), to be held on the 15th October 2011 there will be vacancies on t he National Executive Committee for which elections will be held. . Wales 3 year term . London 3 year term . North West 3 year term . West Midlands 2 year term . East 3 year term . Scotland 3 year term If there is more than one nomination in a particular region or country a postal ballot will be held amongst members in that region between 30 May and 8 August 2011. Th e results of the election will be formally announced at the AGM. If there are no nominees from a particular region the NEC will be asked to fill the vacancy in accordance with Article 40 of the Memorandum and Articles. All members (not just those in the regions concerned) are now invited to make nominations of candidates, BUT the nominated candidates for elected regions MUST be from the region concerned. Who can stand for the National Executive Committee? A candidate for election to the NEC shall: Be a member or paid officer of a member organisation of Community Matters. Be nominated by a member organisation of Community Matters The nominee must give his/her consent in writing for the nomination to go ahead, along with a brief resume of not more than 150 words of his/her relevant experience and service to the movement. The closing date for receipt of validated nominations is 27th May 2011
NOMINATION FORM Election of members of the National Executive Committee from: Wales Scotland North West East London West Midlands Return this form by Friday 27th May 2011 to: Community Matters, 12-20 Baron Street, London N1 9LL NOMINATION FOR NAME & ADDRESS OF NOMINEE NEC MEMBER WALES 3-year term NEC MEMBER SCOTLAND 3-year term NEC MEMBER - NORTH WEST Region 3-year term NEC MEMBER EAST Region 3-year term NEC MEMBER LONDON Region 3-year term NEC MEMBER WEST MIDLANDS Region 2-year term Nominating organisation (If a nominee is not a member of your organisation, please state which organisat ion s/he belongs to) . Address .. . .. Signed Name in block capitals .. Position in organisation .. . .. To validate this nomination, Community Matters will have to establish that the n ominating organisation is a current member and that the candidate is a member or a paid of ficer of a member organisation. Community Matters will seek from the candidate a written statement indicating his/her willingness to stand and a brief resume of not more than 150 words of his/her re levant experience and service to the movement.