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2015 IFCO Board Elections: Call for Nominations

Nominations to stand for election to the IFCO Board of Directors are now open

International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) is calling for nominations from amongst its members to stand for 2015 election to the Board of Directors.

The member-elected volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of eight to fifteen members and provides overall governance, strategic and policy direction of the organisation. The role will offer you an exciting opportunity to use your skills and experience in strategic leadership, public representation and good governance towards a common good. We are looking for individuals with commitment to our values who would devote the necessary time to help us deliver on our mission. We are particularly looking for people with expertise in finance, corporate partnerships, resource development and fundraising. To find out more about this position, please see IFCO Board Member Role Description and Person Specification.

Specific requirements towards the nominees

All paid-up IFCO members may nominate themselves individually or be nominated as an employee/ a member of the governing body of an organisational member of IFCO. Specific requirements towards the nominees include:

  • A nominee must be 18 years old or over.
  • A nominee must be an individual member, a life member, a youth member or an employee/ a member of the governing body of an organisational member of IFCO. Please note that organisational members can only nominate a named representative who, if elected, will become an individual Director on the IFCO Board.
  • A nominee must be employed or has been employed at any time in the previous 12 months.
  • An individual who is resident in a particular country will not be valid if there are two Directors resident in that particular country who will not retire but will continue to serve on the Board. For further details please check the current list of IFCO Board members. 

Nomination procedures

Each candidate can be nominated by filling out and signing a nomination form which will create a ballot for the elections. The form can be downloaded following this link. Please ensure that the following information is submitted with your nomination to the IFCO Board of Directors:

  • Nomination form, including your profile, supporting statement and signature
  • Resume outlining professional and leadership experiences
  • Photo: colour .jpg file, 6”x4” or larger and 300 dpi

The nomination should be returned to IFCO Office via ifco@ifco.info with “Nomination for 2015 Election” in the subject line by 23:59 UTC/GMT on 12 October 2015. Late, incomplete or not signed nomination forms will not be accepted.

Election procedures

An election of IFCO Directors takes place every two years at our Annual General Meetings (AGMs). The two years are not necessarily calendar years but represent the period between every second AGM which can vary within the terms of the Articles of Association. After those two years new elections are held and certain actions take place. The Board of Directors is elected for a minimum term of two years. A Director can serve no more than 8 consecutive years. 

The 2015 elections of the IFCO Board will take place during AGM in Sydney on Monday, 9th November at 5 pm (local time). According to IFCO Memorandum & Articles of Association, one-half of the Directors must retire, with those longest in office retiring first. At this election up to ten members will be elected to the Board of Directors. Later on, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected by the Board from among their number at its first meeting following the elections.

If the number of nominees does not exceed the number of vacancies to be filled then the nominees will be declared duly elected at the AGM. If the number of nominees does exceed the number of vacancies to be filled then an election will be conducted at the AGM in accordance with the determined procedures. The appointment of a director is not to take effect until he/she has signed the prescribed Companies House form.

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If you have any questions about nominations, membership or any other enquiries related to this year's Board elections, you can contact IFCO office via ifco@ifco.info where we would be delighted to assist you.