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Thinking about joining the CILIP Board or Presidential Team?
Thinking about joining the CILIP Board or Presidential Team?

Members have the opportunity to put themselves forward to serve as a trustee or the Vice-President.

If elected, you will work with other trustees, the Presidential Team and staff to set CILIP’s strategic direction and make sure that members’ interests are met and secure. The Board is responsible for making sure that the organisation is financially sound and complies with the law.

Who can stand?

You must be at least 18 years old and an Individual Member.

What skills and experience do I need?

You should be able to demonstrate:

  • Vision, enthusiasm, excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to CILIP, fully supporting our charitable objectives, ethics and values
  • Experience of working with senior colleagues or at Board level
  • An understanding of the legal and financial responsibilities of the Board.

How much time does it take?

The Board meets four to five times a year, usually but not exclusively in London and we always try to hold one of these meetings virtually. You would need to spend about 10 days a year to prepare for and attend the Board.

How many people are there on the Board?

There can be up to 15 people on the Board:

  • Up to 12 trustees elected by the members
  • Three trustees can also be co-opted.

What experience are we looking for in our next Vice-President?

We would like the President for 2021 to take knowledge and information management as their theme for the year so we would be particularly pleased to receive nominations for people with senior level experience in this sector.

Will I be paid?

CILIP’s trustees and Presidential Team are volunteers and these positions are unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

How long would I serve for?

We are looking for four trustees in all - three to serve for four years and one to serve for two years (with the possibility of standing for a further term). If elected as Vice-President, you would serve as Vice-President in 2020 and as President in 2021.

How can I find out more?

Details of how to stand and role descriptions can be found here. Nominations close at 5 pm on 25 September 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Colbert ( or 020 7255 0512).

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