Frequently Asked Questions
What do these positions involve?
With each of these positions you will become a Trustee of CIAT and a member of the Executive Board, which is responsible for the implementation of the Strategic and Corporate Plans, which can be found here. The Board makes guidelines for the conduct of business of the Institute, in line with the rules of the Institute and policy. You will also become a member of Council, which is the Electoral College and Strategic Forum for the Institute. You will be expected to contribute to the policies and future strategic development of the Institute.
What does being a Trustee involve?
Trustees have an overall legal duty to the Institute and are the individuals who take decisions. Trustees have specific duties and operate within the rules of the Institute. Trustees work collectively as the Executive Board and once a decision has been collectively made - all Trustees are bound to support that decision. A Trustee's primary duty is to the Institute and its Charter under which it is established; as such Trustees must act with integrity and adopt the values which helps CIAT achieve its strategic aims.
What are the time commitments to these roles?
You should be looking to commit up to five hours a week (approximately) but this will depend on the nature of the work, meetings, providing views and advice on documents, the time of year and external representation on behalf of the Institute that may be necessary. It is essential you are proactive and reactive dependent on the project work required. With all the positions, you will be working closely with a staff Director at Central Office, and their departmental team and be expected to respond to queries at speedily at times; this could be within a couple of hours. There will be specific meetings or working groups that you may need to participate in and possibly chair.
As an Honorary Officer you will be expected to attend two Council meetings (normally on a Saturday in March and September) and a minimum of four Executive Board meetings (two of which run in tandem with the Council meetings) as well as the Institute's AGM weekend (normally in November) and AT Awards presentation event (September). The positions are two-year terms, which become effective from the close of the 2019 AGM in November to the close of the 2021 AGM.
Representing the Institute and discipline
As representatives of the Institute, these positions require you to attend meetings and events on behalf of the Institute, for example Construction Industry Council meetings, Award presentations, university events. or Government led steering groups. presenting at conferences etc. There will be specialist meetings which you will either have to attend/chair or contribute to, and you will need to report back to Central Office on these. The staff Director will work with you to ensure that you are properly briefed and prepared for these meetings where you will be expected to speak on behalf of CIAT and the discipline of Architectural Technology.
You would work with Central Office staff in relation to social media engagement.
What do I benefit from taking on a position?
You will have the chance to shape the future of your Institute, your profession and the discipline at a strategic level. If you have ever wondered why something has or has not been done then now is your chance to do something positive about it. You also get to network extensively with peers and fellow professionals, gain a greater insight behind the scenes at Institute, Governments and sister institute levels and it contributes to your CPD obligations.