Being a council member
Watch this short film about some current Council members who will tell you what it’s like being on Council.
You can be a Council member
Epilepsy Action is a charity made up of individual members. Every year the members elect people to be the trustees of the charity. The trustees are the people who look after the charity. They decide its long term plans and watch over what the charity does on behalf of all the members. The trustees are very important to the charity. The name we give to all the trustees together is the ‘Council of Management’, or just ‘Council’ for short. The name we give to individual trustees is ‘Council member’.
The rules of the charity require one third of Council places to be vacated for election each year. This year there are 5 vacant places. Anyone who has been a member of the charity for at least 12 months can stand for election as a Council member. Everyone is welcome to have a go because it’s important that the Council is as representative as possible. That’s why nominations of people from black and minority ethnic groups and from people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are especially welcome.
People who know about fundraising; marketing; public relations; accountancy or public campaigning could make a tremendous contribution to the Council. But members come from all walks of life and from different backgrounds. They bring a wide range of skills and experience. So all interest is welcome. The only thing you really must have is a desire to improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy. Because that’s what the charity is all about.
Don’t forget that your nomination also has to be knowingly supported by two other members of the charity. Their details also need to be on the form. Download the form in Word.
The closing date for nominations for the 2016 elections is Tuesday 19 April 2016.