Board Elections


alia board election 2020

Nominations for the ALIA Board of Directors open on Monday 7 October 2019.

This is your opportunity to lead and make a significant contribution to your Association and profession.

All personal financial members of the Association are eligible to nominate for the Board.

Nominations close on Friday 6 December 2019.

You can read more about what it's like to be a Board Director from current Director, Paula Kelly Paull. 

board positions

We are seeking nominations for:

  • Institutional Board member

  • Three general Board members.

The successful candidates will take office at the Board meeting following our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 4 May 2020 as part of the ALIA National 2020 Conference in Sydney. 

what's changed for 2020?

At the 2019 AGM ALIA Members voted to change the composition of the Board.  The 2020 Board election will see the phasing in of the new Board structure that comprises:

  • President; two year term

  • Institutional Director – elected by Institutional Members; two year term

  • General Directors – five positions; two year term

  • Vice-President – annual appointment by the Board of one Director other than the President from the current Board membership.


Directors help to shape the Association’s future direction, provide strategic guidance to the executive team, identify and manage risks 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 telephone or internet.  Board members are also invited to attend special events in their own state or territory, or as special guests in other locations,  and to chair meetings, liaise with ALIA groups and committees, and actively seek opportunities to talk with and learn from colleagues across all sectors.  All reasonable travel and accommodation expenses are paid by the Association.

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

skills and attributes

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.


To nominate for the Board, simply download and complete the following forms:

Your nomination will require the support of two current financial Members of the Association.

In addition to the nomination form, candidates should complete a personal information form and provide a high resolution colour portrait photograph.

The nomination form and accompanying documents should be sent to:

ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher

Preferably via email to:

Mail: PO Box 635, Kingston, ACT 2604

Nominations close at 5pm AEDT on Friday 6 December 2019.

election process

ALIA elections are governed by By-Law 3 and an independent election specialist is usually appointed to manage the election process.

The following table provides an indication of the election timeline:

Nominations open

Monday 7 October 2019

Nominations close

Friday 6 December 2019

Voting opens (if election required)

20 January 2020

Voting closes

28 February 2020

Directors take office

ALIA AGM at ALIA National Conference in Sydney

Monday 4 May 2020

want to know more?

Information about the 2019-2020 Board of Directors can be found on the Board of Directors webpage

To find out more about the election process or the work of the ALIA Board, please contact the ALIA Board of Directors.