Board Elections

ALIA Board election 2018 

In 2018 we sought nominations for four positions:

  • Vice-President (President-elect);

  • Institutional Director; and

  • Two general Board members.

In practical terms, the role of the general Board members and the Institutional Board member elected by ALIA Institutional Members are the same - providing representation for all ALIA Members.  However, our Constitution requires us to provide Institutional Members with an opportunity to vote for a Director as a discrete element of the election.


ALIA is pleased to announce that Robert Knight has nominated and formally been declared elected to the position of Vice-President (President-elect). 

Following the ALIA Annual General Meeting on 15 May 2018, Robert will assume the role of Vice-President until 2019 when he will become the President for one year.

Select this link for more information about Robert or access it as a pdf file here.

institutional director

Nominations for the Institutional Director role have been received from three ALIA Members: Helen Ebsworth, Patrick Gregory and Monika Szunejko.


As the number of candidates exceeds the available position, a formal election will now be held.

Background information about each of the candidates can be downloaded as a pdf or viewed at this link. 

General directors

Nominations for the two general Director positions have been received from seven ALIA Members: Chris Buckingham, Helen Ebsworth, Peter Green, Patrick Gregory, Paula Kelly Paull, Monika Szunejko and Rob Thomson.

It is encouraging to have so many Members keen to contribute to the Association in this way.  As the number of candidates exceeds the available positions, a formal election will now be held.

Background information about each of the candidates can be found at this link or downloaded as a pdf file here.



election process

CorpVote, an independent election specialist has been appointed to manage the election process.  Voting will open on Monday 5 March 2018 and close on Friday 13 April.

Instructions for casting a vote will be emailed to all eligible Members by the election company.  Members without a registered email address will receive voting material by mail.

The successful candidates will take office at the ALIA Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Who can vote?

All current personal Members and Institional Member representatives are entitled to take part in the election process.  Members must be current financial Members as of 12 January 2018.


ALIA elections are governed by By-law 3 and CorpVote, an independent election specialist has been appointed to manage the election process.

The following table provides an outline of the election timetable:

Nominations open

Monday 13 November 2017

Nominations close

Friday 12 January 2018

Voting opens

5 March 2018 9am AEDT

Voting closes

13 April 2018 5pm AEST

Directors take office

ALIA AGM 15 May 2018



Directors help to shape the Association’s future direction, provide guidance to the executive team, make policy decisions and are responsible for the financial sustainability of the Association. 

Being a Director provides a unique opportunity to work directly with and for ALIA to ensure our Members are supported into the future.

The Board meets for four face-to-face meetings a year either in Canberra at ALIA House or at other locations to coincide with significant ALIA events and occasional meetings via teleconference.  Board members are also invited to attend special events in their own state or territory and to chair meetings, liaise with ALIA groups and committees, actively seek opportunities to talk with and learn from colleagues across all sectors.  All reasonable travel and accommodation expenses are paid by the Association.

More information about the role of a Director can be found here.


The Association seeks Directors with skills, attributes and experience to support the CEO and lead the Association. 

These skills include experience in or an understanding of:

  • Contemporary corporate governance

  • Finance and risk management

  • Strategic planning, implementation, and review processes

  • Communication and marketing

  • Networking and the ability to leverage networks

  • LIS industry and issues affecting the LIS sector /Association.

Ideally, the Board would comprise individuals with a mix of skills and experience.


Want to know more?

Questions about the election process can be forwarded to CorpVote at

If you'd like to know more about the work of the ALIA Board, please contact the ALIA Board of Directors.