Tuesday, 15 March 2011

ARMA Election Shock

Exciting news from a tense election night at the Association of Research Managers and Administrators. In a result that would have moistened with tears of pride the eyes of a Politburo member, the ARMA cadre nominated each other for election and were duly returned unopposed, as follows:
  • Director of Training and Deputy Chairperson of the ARMA Board 2011: one valid nomination was received from Mrs Jill Golightly, Newcastle University: proposed by Pauline Muya (Birkbeck College, University of London) and seconded by Douglas Robertson (Newcastle University). Mrs Golightly is declared elected and no ballot is therefore necessary.
  • Director of Conference Planning of the ARMA Board 2011: one valid nomination was received from Mr David Coombe, London School of Economics and Political Science: proposed by Lita Denny (University of Manchester) and seconded by Linda Parker (King`s College London). Mr Coombe is declared elected and no ballot is therefore necessary.
  • Treasurer of the ARMA Board 2011: one valid nomination was received from Ms Steff Hazlehurst, Institute of Education, University of London: proposed by Peter Townsend (Loughborough University) and seconded by Ian Carter (University of Sussex). Ms Hazlehurst is declared elected and no ballot is therefore necessary.
  • Non-Executive Director of the ARMA Board 2011 (three years): one valid nomination was received from Dr Stephen Conway, University of Oxford: proposed by Kathy Brownridge (University of Leeds) and seconded by Jill Golightly (Newcastle University). Dr Conway is declared elected and no ballot is therefore necessary.
  • Non-Executive Director of the ARMA Board 2011 (one year): one valid nomination was received from Dr Nathaniel Golden, Keele University: proposed by Sheena Bateman (Keele University) and seconded by Katie Holland (Nottingham Trent University). Dr Golden is declared elected and no ballot is therefore necessary.
Yes, yes, I know, this fabulous result is due to apathy from the rest of us. But maybe there's a lesson to be learnt from this, and ARMA should push for wider participation from the sector, before it disappears into its own navel.

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