Appoint a trustee election organiser

The recommended deadline to appoint a trustee election organiser is 5 April 2019.

The current board of trustees is responsible for making the most of all opportunities to promote trusteeship. The board needs to ensure succession planning strategies are in place to encourage effective new trustees to join the board. This means it must ensure sufficient people with a balance of skills, experiences, gender and ethnicity are nominated. Make this something your school community wants to be part of.

The trustee election organiser has a key role in ensuring a successful election. They are responsible for leading their school’s initiatives to encourage informed people to stand and to support the school community to exercise their vote. The existing board of trustees appoints the organiser, and he or she is responsible to it. The election organiser, the board chair and the returning officer should liaise regularly to confirm when each step of the process is occurring in order to plan for a successful result.

The ideal election organiser should be:

  • Competent in working with Māori, Pasifika and families of those with special educational needs.
  • Knowledgeable and positive about the achievements of the board.
  • Enthusiastic and committed to the school.
  • A good communicator and fluent in the language/s of instruction in the school.
  • Effective at organising people and activities.
  • Culturally competent.

The job may be shared, but this would mean that the co-ordination of activities must be very clear.

The board may decide to pay the organiser.

This person could be a current trustee but is better to be someone who isn’t intending to stand as a candidate in this election.

The role of promoting the elections cannot be a requirement of the returning officer.

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