Board Elections


thank you

The 2020 ALIA Board election has concluded, and we would like to thank our Members who took part in the voting process.

Thank you also to the ALIA Members; Helen Ebsworth, Sophie Farrar, Stefanie Gaspari, Justine Hyde, Vanessa Little, Annette McGuiness, Atlanta Meyer, Clare Thorpe, Dr Diane Velasquez and Emily Wilson, who nominated to join the Board.  We appreciate their willingness to support the library and information community in this way. 

alia board election 2020

In 2020 we sought nominations for four postions: 

  • Institutional Board member elected by Institutional ALIA Members

  • Three general Board members.

election results

We are pleased to announce the following election results:

Institutional Director

Clare Thorpe has been elected to the Board as the Institutional Director.


Stefanie Gaspari, Justine Hyde and Emily Wilson have been elected as Directors.


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.   

At the first meeting of the new Board,  the Board members will appoint one of the Board members, other than the President, as Vice-President for a period of one year.

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


Continuing directors

Viv Barton will lead the new Board as she moves into the role of President.  

The 2020/2021 Board will also include current Board members Vicki Edmunds and Kim Sherwin.  More information about the current Board is available at this link.

election process

CorpVote, an independent election specialist managed the election process.  Voting opened on Monday 20 January 2020 and closed on Friday 28 February. 

Election timeline

Nominations opened

Monday 7 October 2019

Nominations closed

Friday 6 December 2019

Voting opened 

20 January 2020

Voting closed

28 February 2020

Directors take office

ALIA AGM at ALIA National Conference in Sydney

Monday 4 May 2020

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 appointed by the Board from the Board members.


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

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.

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.