ATL's national officers

ATL currently has nine national officers, elected by members.  It is the national officers of ATL, along with the general secretary and her representatives, that take part in talks with government representatives and employers, on employment and education issues affecting all of ATL's members.

From September 2014, the makeup of the officer group will change. It will comprise the: 

  • president
  • vice-president
  • immediate past president
  • treasurer and member governance officer
  • policy officer
  • AMiE president.

These are listed together with the remit under Appendix F of the rules and constitution.

Once elected, the vice-president follows a path through the ranks, over a three-year period. In their second year they become president, in their third immediate past president. In September 2014 the current junior vice-president will assume the office of vice-president and therefore there will be no election for this position this year.

National officer elections 2014/2015

This year, the election process is open for vice president and for policy officer.


  • Candidates must currently be a standard member and must have been one for three years including the 12 months immediately prior to the closure of nominations.
  • Candidates must be nominated by at least 10 members of the Executive Committee, or at least one branch, or 25 standard members from more than one workplace. 

Nominators are required to clearly indicate who they are nominating, including their ATL membership number and candidates must accept their nomination by signing a statement to this effect.

Download the application pack and return the completed nomination form to Pat Ware by noon on Monday, 15 December 2014.


Canvassing is permitted only in accordance with the bylaws and protocol approved by the Executive Committee.

  • Clause 22 which states that canvassing for the purpose of gaining written nomination may only be undertaken from the date of issue of the notice of election.
  • Clause 23 details the provision for candidates to forward a single email communication for circulation to district secretaries and executive committee (this must be received by 7 November for distribution on 11 November).
  • Clause 26 sets out the forms of canvassing allowed up to the date voting closes.


If the nominations exceed the number of available seats a ballot will be held and within 10 working days of the close of nominations all candidates may submit an electoral address (no more than 300 words) and a recent photograph.

Vice president nominations

If there is more than one candidate for the position of vice president a hustings event will take place the week commencing 26 January 2015 and will feature on the ATL website. Details are being finalised but it's likely to include:

  • Short biographical details
  • A short statement on why you want the role
  • A short video featuring a one-to-one interview between candidate and a professional interviewer, which starts with a two minute 'pitch' on why you want the job followed by two minutes of questions which will be provided in advance.

For more information about ATL's national officers, see the national representatives page and for further information about the ballot procedure, please contact Pat Ware.

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