Australian Information Industry Association

  

Board Election 2017


Leading Australia’s Technology Sector: Call for Directors of the Australian Information Industry Association, 2017

Each year, the AIIA renews its leadership of the sector by electing and appointing outstanding individuals who each are making significant contributions to the future of technology innovation and leadership in Australia.

Is 2017 the year you step up to represent the sector, increasing the prominence of your organisation in the discussions that are shaping Australia’s future? This is a fun, important and exceptional opportunity to contribute, shape and play an important role in the future direction of the Association and the Industry as a whole.

Nominating for a position on the Board of Directors is providing you with the opportunity to represent your industry, take a leadership role, and become involved in specific activities such as connecting with the grass roots of the sector in a new way, for example with and through Councils, being involved in committees like the iAwards and Special Interest Groups.

We are seeking nominations from Chief Executive Officers of Full Members of AIIA to fill three elected positions on the AIIA Board. If you would like to nominate for a position on the AIIA Board please read the following information.

This notice is issued in accordance with Article 17 of the Constitution of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).


Key dates for the 2017 AIIA Board election

  • Nominations open at 9:00 hrs AEST Monday, 18 September 2017
  • Nominations will close at 17:00 hrs AEDST Tuesday, 3 October 2017
  • Online Voting will open at 09:00 hrs AEDST Tuesday, 24 October 2017
  • Voting closes 16:00 hrs AEDST Friday, 3 November 2017
  • Results will be announced at the AIIA Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 (venue tbc)

About the AIIA Board

The Australian Information Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation established as a Company limited by guarantee. AIIA’s Constitution provides its governance arrangements and defines its direction and structure.

The Board of Directors oversees all AIIA operations and sets the strategic direction of the Association.

The Directors on the AIIA’s Board of Directors are elected or appointed by their industry peers and the Association’s Chair is selected from, and by, members of the Board.

The AIIA Board is composed of 16 people:

  • 10 elected directors
  • 5 directors appointed by the Board
  • The immediate Past Chair.

Elected directors are elected for a term of three years from the date of their election and are entitled to stand for re-election. Appointed Directors are appointed for a period determined by the Directors, which shall be no longer than three years.


Requirements of AIIA Board Directors

Board Directors are required to:

  • Abide by the legal and business requirements placed on directors in commercial organisations
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Attend the Board meeting held following the AGM to elect office-holders and allocate responsibilities
  • Attend each of the four Board meetings held throughout the year, each of which may be followed by an industry dinner with members and other stakeholders. Board meetings are held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in rotation
  • Host at least one function a year with a group of members, allocated on a geographical or interest basis
  • Meet their own expenses in attending Board meetings and other related activities
  • Take a leadership role in an area of AIIA activity and participate in initiatives associated with AIIA programs and activities.

Further information about the roles and responsibilities of board directors (including personal legal obligations) can be found on the Australian Institute of Company Directors website.


Conduct of AIIA Board election

The AIIA Board elections are conducted by an independent Returning Officer who is not an officer or employee of AIIA. The Returning Officer is required to conduct the AIIA Board elections in accordance with the AIIA Constitution and relevant legislation, and to ensure an accurate, secure and independent process.


Nomination process

Eligibility

Candidates must be the Chief Executive Officer of a financial AIIA Full Member company. Chief Executive Officers of Associate Member companies and other persons are not eligible to be elected to a Board position.

How to nominate

The nomination process is by self-nomination, without need of a seconder.

Nominations should be submitted online. Please contact Nicole Campbell if you have not received access to the online nomination form.

Details regarding the Nominations process are provided in the online form.

Nominations close at precisely 17:00 hrs AEDST Tuesday, 3 October 2017.

How to vote

The Chief Executive Officer of a financial Full Member of the AIIA holds the National Vote on behalf of their organisation. The CEO must have a valid Profile on the AIIA system to exercise their vote.

Voting instructions together with a list of candidates will be sent to the National Vote Holder on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Voting is conducted electronically.

Eligible elected candidates are those who receive the most number of votes. The candidates with the highest number of votes in accordance with the number of vacancies will be appointed as Directors.

If elected

New directors will be required to complete and sign the AIIA's Consent to Act as a Director form.


Information, advice and assistance

Contact Rob Fitzpatrick, AIIA CEO for information about the AIIA directorships and Strategic Direction of the Association .

We are using an online election system, electionbuddy.com, to manage the voting process. If you have questions about the voting process, please visit Electionbuddy. Please note, you will receive a voting notice which will allow you to vote once the nomination process is completed.

Contact Samantha Benecke, AIIA Membership Executive for information about AIIA membership.

Contact Nicole Campbell, Communications Manager if you require assistance with the nomination process.