Board Elections

election update

In 2019 we sought nominations for three positions on the ALIA Board of Directors:

  • Vice-President (President-elect); and

  • General Directors (2 positions).

We are pleased to announce the following election results:


One nomination was received for the position of Vice-President (President-elect) from Viv Barton and she has been declared elected to the position of Vice-President (President-elect).  

Viv Barton will serve as Vice-President for one year following the ALIA Annual General Meeting on 21 May 2019 before assuming the position of President in May 2020 for a further year.

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



Nominations for the two general Director positions were received from three ALIA Members, but one candidate withdrew his nomination to pursue other opportunities within the Association. 

This left two remaining candidates for the Director positions and an election was not required.

Vicki Edmunds and Kim Sherwin have been declared elected unopposed as ALIA Directors.  

The successful candidates will take office at the ALIA Annual General meeting on Tuesday 21 May 2019.  

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

Vicki and Kim have also provided an insight into why they nominated and the skills they will bring to the Board.  Select this link for further details. 

continuing directors

Robert Knight will move into the role of President following the Annual General Meeting.

The 2019/2020 Board will also include current Board members; Helen Ebsworth, Paula Kelly Paull and Monika Szunejko.  More information about the current Board is available at this link


ELECTION process

The following table provides an outline of the election timeline: 

Nominations open

9am AEDT Monday 12 November 2018

Nominations close

5pm AEDT Friday 11 January 2019

Voting opens (if required)

9am AEDT Monday 4 March 2019 

Voting closes (if required)

5pm AEST Friday 12 April 2019

Directors take office

ALIA AGM 6pm AEST Tuesday 21 May 2019



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 telephone or internet.  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, 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.

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?

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