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Electing governors and trustees

Guidance and model election documents for governance professionals.


Governance professionals have an important role in the election of governors and trustees. Depending on your job description, this will be either or both:

  • To advise and support the board to ensure that elections are conducted in line with the relevant procedures and good practice.
  • To organise all or part of the election process. For instance, requesting nominations and conducting the count of ballot papers.

Whatever the nature of your role, this guide will help you to fulfil it effectively. The guide covers:

  • knowing your procedure
  • establishing your role in the process
  • being prepared
  • running an informed election
  • voting and secure voting
  • an outline process
  • a post-election checklist

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