For the effective operation for any professional body, it is essential that it elects positions from amongst its membership to allow it to function within its Charter.
Such positions are open to Chartered Members who are invited to provide their experience, skills and time in a voluntary capacity to the work of the Institute set within the Strategic and Corporate Plans approved by Council. Contributing in such a capacity is two-way and Members who have been involved have benefited and learnt from their experiences.
Within the Institute's governance, there are a number of core roles collectively known as the Honorary Officer positions. These encompass the President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Vice-President Education, Vice-President Practice and Vice-President Technical. These are all undertaken by Chartered Members in a voluntary capacity, other than expenses which are paid for by the Institute.
This year there are three positions for election which are now open for nominations:
1) President Elect/President
President Elect is a twelve-month role prior to succeeding as President. The President-Elect position provides the elected Member the opportunity to gain an insight into the activity and role of President, working with the incumbent President, fellow Honorary Officers and the Executive Board. The Member becomes President Elect from the close of business at the AGM in the year they are elected.
The President is the principal external face for CIAT, the discipline, the members and the profession. The Institute works as a team and the position leads the team working with Council, the Executive Board and the Chief Executive implementing the Strategic and Corporate Strategy. One of the principal roles for the President is external engagement with members, fellow professionals and organisations at national and international level as necessary. Serving for a period of two years, the President will, amongst other functions:
Chair the AGM (x2) and Council meetings (x4);
Chair Executive Board (4 per year);
attend as a guest and representative of the Institute at various industry events;
meet with Presidents, senior officials, industry bodies and Government Ministers (from different nations) and personnel;
visit the Region/Centre (not mandatory, but to respond where invited); and
present on the Institute's key strategies and the Strategic Plan.
Members who undertake this position must possess strong analytical skills and the ability to make informed decisions and considered judgements. The ability to interpret and understand information along with excellent communcation and presentation skills is also required.
2) Honorary Treasurer
The Honorary Treasurer's main role is as Chair of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee works with the Chief Executive and the Finance Department to oversee the financial matters relating to Institute business such as the budget, the setting of subscription fees, reviewing and approving the independently audited accounts and making recommendations regarding finances to the Council and Executive Board. The Honorary Treasurer also presents to members at the AGM and reports via the Annual Review.
Members who undertake this position must possess strong analytical skills and the ability to make informed decisions and considered judgements. A good understanding of financial processes and the ability to disseminate financial statements is also required.
3) Vice-President Technical
The Vice-President Technical works closely with the Vice-President Practice, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department and its relevant Taskforces in overseeing the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards within Architectural Technology and the built environment. The role also embraces current industry issues and the setting the criteria for the Practice AT Awards together with acting as Chair of the Judging Panel.
The Vice-President Technical works to develop Institute position papers on issues affecting the Architectural Technology profession and the built environment sector. They lead on consultations which affect practising Architectural Technology professionals and represent the Institute externally, as necessary. The Vice-President Technical reports to the Council and Executive Board on the work relating to technical issues from the groups and their output and that of the Practice Department.
In carrying out these activities it is essential that the Vice-President Technical:
- represents the members externally relating to technical issues, lobbies for change or improvement and lobbies and promotes on behalf of the discipline;
- ensures the necessary documentation is produced for the membership's benefit on changes in legislation or regulations; and
- ensures the appropriate guidance is available to assist members both in implementing and complying with legislation and regulations in their work and complying with the Institute's policies and Code of Conduct.
A Member undertaking this position must be a practising Chartered Architectural Technologist and have knowledge of the technical aspects of Architectural Technology, with an understanding of legislation and regulations. They must also be confident and able to represent the discipline at the highest level, which includes at Government level.
All candidates must be able to undertake business via email or other electronic mediums.