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Apply to be IDS AAC Chair & Trustee

We need a new Chair for the AAC who we can also recommend as a Trustee for the IDS Board.
1 Jul 2022
Written by Michelle Cruickshank
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We are currently recruiting for a new Chair of the AAC who normally serves as an IDS Trustee and where appropriate represent the views of the AAC to the Board of Trustees including presentation of the AAC Annual Report as a standing item at the December Board meetings. The successful appointee will have the requisite experience and will meet Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) 'fit and proper' test as well as other standards set out by the UK Companies Act and the Charity Commission. 

The Alumni Advisory Committee (AAC) is made-up of alumni who are appointed by the IDS Board of Trustees and IDS volunteers. Chaired by an AAC alumni member who is also a member of the IDS Board of Trustees, the AAC contributes to the governance of IDS ensuring that the alumni voice is heard at Board level. The AAC also guides and supports the work of the IDS Alumni Office.

Please note that we are also recruiting for an 'ordinary' alumni member of the Alumni Advisory Committee. Please see the details including how to apply here

What is the process of applying?

All IDS alumni (anyone who has finished studying at IDS) are eligible to apply. You need to complete a short application form outlining your relevent experience and what you will bring as leader of the Committee. Applications are being accepted up to and including 1 August 2022.

All applications will be reviewed by the incumbent Chair of the AAC and they will make a recommendation of the new member to the Board of Trustees via the Nominations Committee.

We are aiming for the new member to be approved at the December 2022 Board meeting; with a first term start date of 1 January 2023.

What's the commitment?

The Chair (and Trustees) are appointed for an inital 4 year term, followed by 2 or 4 years renewal option, up to a maximum of 8 years total.

The Chair is expected to attend regular AAC meetings (three 2 hour meetings per year), and  to engage in an advisory capacity in-between meetings. All members of the AAC are asked to be proactive in supporting alumni events and in connecting with IDS Alumni network volunteers. 

AAC meetings are held virtually on Microsoft Teams and you will need to have access to a good stable internet connection to engage effectively with IDS and the rest of the AAC.

As a Trustee you are expected to attend the Board meetings in person and IDS will reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation expenses. IDS anticipates that your attendance, preparation, travel, and remote input and training will take approximately ten days per year (this could vary depending on your location and travel time). In addition, each Trustee is asked to serve on one or more of the Board Committees, meeting between one and three times a year.

Find out more

Please download the full details about the voluntary position and expectations.

We suggest that as well as the full call information you also find out more from our existing Alumni Advisory Committee members on our website and download the AAC terms of reference.

You can find out more about the IDS Board of Trustees on the IDS website.

Please feel free to contact the incumbant Chair of the AAC Esther McIntosh (via the alumni office) or the alumni office if you wish to discuss the work of the AAC further.

When you are ready please complete the Application Form (note that it will also ask you to upload your CV). Deadline is 1 August 2022.

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