For the effective operation for any professional body, it is essential that it elects positions from amongst its membership to allow it to function within its Charter.
These positions are open to Chartered Members who are invited to provide their experience, skills and time in a voluntary capacity to the work of the Institute set within the Strategic and Corporate Plans, as approved by Council. Contributing in such a capacity is two-way and Members who have been involved have benefitted and learnt from their experiences.
Within the Institute's governance, there are a number of core roles collectively known as the Honorary Officer positions. These are the President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Vice-President Education, Vice-President Practice and Vice-President Technical. These are all undertaken by Chartered Members in a voluntary capacity other than expenses which are paid for by the Institute.
For 2021, there are three positions for election which are now open for nominations:
1) Honorary Secretary
Together with the President and Chief Executive, the Honorary Secretary is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Council, Executive Board, AGM and Conduct Committee in line with the Laws of the Institute (the Charter, the Bye-laws, the Regulations and Code of Conduct and other forms of regulatory provision made by the Institute).
Council meets twice a year and the Executive Board four times, twice in conjunction with Council.
Working with the Chair of the Conduct Committee, the Honorary Secretary is required to attend these meetings which are held at least four times a year.
Members who undertake this position must possess strong analytical skills and the ability to make informed decisions and considered judgements. The ability to interpret and understand information and evidence is essential, as is good communication and presentation skills. For Conduct, the Member must be prepared to read, at times, a considerable amount of case papers.
2) Vice-President Education
The Vice-President Education works with the Education and Membership Departments on issues such as the development, maintenance and promotion of educational and membership standards, qualification development, Accreditation and membership recruitment, retention and progression.
The Vice-President Education is invited to attend all meetings administered by the Education and Membership Departments and will represent the Institute at relevant external meetings and events.
A Member who undertakes this position must have a very strong academic background with considerable experience and knowledge of higher and/or further education and research, as well as a good understanding of educational establishments' relationships with professional institutes. They must be prepared to confidently represent and promote the Institute externally, particularly in regard to education and membership.
3) Vice-President Practice
The Vice-President Practice promotes the Institute's practice standards and policies for members practising the discipline of Architectural Technology. As such, the Vice-President Practice works closely with the Vice-President Technical, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department in overseeing the work of the relevant Taskforces and working groups. These groups cover topics on liability, practice and technical documents, building regulations and legislative issues.
The Vice-President Practice may be involved directly or indirectly with these groups but reports to the Council and Executive Board on the work of these groups and their output and that of the Practice Department.
In carrying out these activities the Vice-President Practice:
- represents the members externally relating to industry issues, lobbying for change or improvement and lobbying and promoting on behalf of the discipline;
- ensures the necessary documentation is produced for the membership's benefit on changes in legislation or regulations; and
- ensures the appropriate guidance is available to assist members in implementing and complying with legislation and regulations in their work and complying with the Institute's policies and Code of Conduct.
A Member who undertakes this position must be a practising Chartered Architectural Technologist and have knowledge of the contractual side with an understanding of legislation and regulations. They must also be confident and able to represent the discipline at the highest level which includes Government.
All candidates must be able to undertake business via email or other electronic mediums.