ATL's national officers
ATL has nine national officers, elected by members: president; senior vice-president; junior vice-president; immediate past president; two honorary treasurers; two honorary secretaries and the AMiE president.
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.
Once elected, the junior vice-president follows a path through the ranks, over a four-year period. In their second year they become senior vice-president, in their third president, and finally they become immediate past president. There are two honorary treasurers and two honorary secretaries, one being elected each year to serve for two years although ATL's Executive Committee will be putting a proposal to the 2013 annual conference changing the composition of the Officer group from September 2014 and recommending that the honorary secretary and honorary treasurer elected in 2013 hold office for only one year.
National officer elections 2012/2013
In November 2012 ATL began the election process for junior vice-president, one honorary secretary and one honorary treasurer.
There are four candidates for the position of junior vice-president: Shelagh Hirst, Clare Kellett, Caroline Kolek and Kim Knappett. There are two candidates for the position of honorary secretary: Ralph Surman and Stephen Sidgwick. The ballot for election of these posts closed on 11 March.
ATL honorary treasurer vacancy 2013
The recent election process for ATL's national officers for 2013 resulted in no nominations being received for the post of honorary treasurer. The Executive Committee has therefore decided that a further call for nominations should now take place in respect of that position.
General secretary election 2013
Under trade union legislation an election for general secretary has to be held every five years.