Our third AGM is just around the corner and it is time for us to start the election process for the co-ordinating group members who will be elected this year. According to our policy at least 1/3 of the Landworkers’ Alliance’s 12 member co-ordinating group will stand down or stand for re-election every year. This will ensure that we maintain stability and experience in the group but also open space for new members to get involved at this level of responsibility. We are in the process of incorporating as a not-for-profit co-operative company so co-ordinating group members will also be the directors for the duration of their term.

Directors Job Description

The role of Director is a voluntary one that involves a significant level of commitment and experience. Directors meet at least 4 times per year and are expected to participate in the running of the organisation on a regular basis via email contact and phone meetings with the rest of the directors.

We aim to represent the diversity of our members among the directors including age, gender, region and type of work or holding.

The term for a director is 3 years, although directors can stand down before that term is served if necessary.

Application Process

All people applying to be directors must write a paragraph about themselves outlining, what they do, where they are based, which membership category they fill, their affiliations to other organisations, relevant experiences and what they believe they can bring to the Landworkers’ Alliance co-ordinating group. They will then send their application to landworkersalliance@riseup.net no later than friday the 24th October and we will compile and circulate all applications to the membership for reading and voting on during the 3 weeks prior to the AGM.

Members will be eligible to vote on the 1/3 of the directors they would like to elect that year. Votes will be taken at the AGM or electronically and the notification of results shared with the entire membership.

Other ways to get involved

Alongside standing for the co-ordinating group we are looking for member to get involved with the Landworkers’ Alliance in a number of different ways:

Regional co-ordinators – Do you want to represent the LWA in your region? This involves organising vistas and events to build the membership of the LWA as well as being a point of contact for local media. We will support regional co-ordinators with training and advice. if you are interested in thinking about becoming a regional co-ordinator send us an email: landworkersalliance@riseup.net

Working groups and campaigns – Do you want to get more involved with LWA working groups and campaigns? We are working on numerous different issues – if you want to get involved in one of them send us an email outlining what you would like to do: landworkersalliance@riseup.net

Organise an event – Do you want to organise an event in your area to promote the LWA and the issues we stand for, or a farm tour for other farmers and growers in your area? We can help with advise, logistical support and spreading the word. If you want to organise an event send us an email:landworkersalliance@riseup.net