EIANZ News

EIANZ Board Elections | Voting opens soon

Published 13 Sep 2017

The call for nominations for all EIANZ Board positions closed on Tuesday 5 September. Nominations were received for all seven positions. A ballot will be held for the positions of Vice President Australia and Ordinary Board Member (x2). Voting will open on Tuesday 19 September 2017 when voting instructions will be emailed to all members with voting rights by the Australian Election Company. To log into the voting website, you will need to use your EIANZ username and the password emailed in the voting instructions. Please note, the electoral roll closed on 5 September 2017. The outcome of the elections will be declared at the EIANZ Annual General Meeting on 31 October 2017 and the new Board will commence from then.

Only one nomination was received for four of the Board positions. These positions are therefore uncontested and a ballot is not required. The nominated candidates for each of the following positions will assume their responsibilities as members of the incoming Board at the EIANZ Annual General Meeting:

  • President | Bryan Jenkins FEIANZ
  • Vice President New Zealand | Di Buchan FEIANZ CEnvP
  • Treasurer | Elizabeth Stark MEIANZ
  • Secretary | Paul Keighley MEIANZ CEnvP
     

To find out more about your incoming Board members, view their nomination statements here >

We encourage all members with voting rights to participate in the elections to have a say on the future of the Institute.

The EIANZ Board functions best if it brings together experienced, driven, passionate collaborators who will represent member interests from across Australia and New Zealand.

Key dates to note

Call for nominations 8 August 2017
Nominations closed 5 September 2017
Election roll closed 5 September 2017
Voting opens 19 September 2017
Voting closes 17 October 2017
Results declared at the AGM 31 October 2017
New Board commences 31 October 2017


We will provide regular updates to members throughout the election process. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Brown Central Office Manager and Returning Officer for the election on +61 3 8593 4140, +64 9887 6972 or at nicole@eianz.org.

If you are unsure of your EIANZ username, please contact EIANZ Central Office on +61 3 8593 4140, +64 9887 6972 or office@eianz.org.

The elections are being held in accordance with EIANZ's Rules of Association and By-Law 6.


Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to vote in the elections?

Current financial Ordinary (Full) Members, Fellow Members, Honorary Fellow Members or Honorary Life Members of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. Student and Associate members do not have voting rights. To check the status of your membership, log in to the EIANZ website and go to 'My memberships'. The voting roll closes on 5 September 2017. Only members who meet the voting criteria on this day are eligible to vote in the election. 

Who is eligible to nominate?

Current financial Ordinary (Full) Members, Fellow Members, Honorary Fellow Members or Honorary Life Members of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. To check the status of your membership, log in to the EIANZ website and go to 'My memberships'.   

Who can endorse a nomination?

Nominations must be endorsed by two current financial member with voting rights. To check the status of your membership, log in to the EIANZ website and go to 'My memberships'.

How much time is involved in being a Board member?

On average, Board members should anticipate spending 5-10 hours per week on Board matters. In a typical year, and at a minimum, Board members are expected to attend approximately 50 hours of meetings. Most meetings are held via teleconference at lunchtime on a week day.

Will there be any travel?

Yes, there will be limited travel. Typically, two full-day face-to-face Board meetings (8 hours each) are held annually - one at the time of the Institute’s Annual Conference (October). Other travel may be involved for Institute matters, depending on the position and Institute priorities. Travel expenses are reimbursed.

Are Board positions paid or voluntary?

All Board members serve on a volunteer basis, however expenses incurred in undertaking their role (such as travel) are reimbursed.

Do Board members receive any support in their roles?

Yes, EIANZ Central Office supports the Board. Specific administrative functions are delegated to Central Office by the Board, including the administration of finances, membership, communications, major events support and delivery of Institute-wide programs. Central Office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Where can I get more information about elections?

More information about Board elections can be found in EIANZ's Rules of Association and By-Law 6. Throughout the 2017 Board elections, we will send regular updates to members. If you have any other questions, please contact Nicole Brown Central Office Manager and Returning Officer for the election on +61 3 8593 4140, +64 9887 6972 or at nicole@eianz.org.