Election process

As part of our organisational reform we worked with the Home Office to write new regulations to change the way the organisation is structured and how our elections are run - these new regulations became law on 31 December 2017. The new process provides a new rank-less structure; there will be no more separate rank committees at local or national level. Find out more about the structure of the organisation.

Please be advised, the election process will not affect the services we provide to members.

What is the new election process?

  • Members vote for workplace reps (Branch Council)
  • The Branch Council vote for the Branch Board members
  • Members elect the local Branch Chair
  • The Branch Board elects the local Branch Secretary
  • Branch Board Chair and Secretary make up the National Council
  • National Council votes to elect the National Board
  • Members vote to elect the National Chair
  • National Board select the General Secretary
  • National Board vote in remaining Principal Officers

What are the key dates?

A break down of each round is shown in the table below. The rounds in bold text indicate those in which members are able to vote:

Key date What's happening Status
25 Jan - 10 Feb (Met) Elected Representative nominations open Complete
1-17 February Branch Council nominations open Complete
22 Feb - 14 March (Met) Elected Representative voting open Complete
1-21 March Branch Council voting open Complete
By 22 March (Met) Elected Representative results Complete
23 March - 1 April (Met) Branch Council nominations Complete
28 March Branch Council election results Complete
3-11 April Branch Board nominations open Complete
6-19 April (Met) Branch Council voting open Complete
15-23 April Branch Board voting open Complete
By 22 April (Met) Branch Council results Complete
24-26 April (Met) Branch Council Executive election and results
To follow: (Met) Branch Board election and results
27 April Branch Board election results Complete
1-11 May Branch Chair nominations open for all Branches Complete
14-30 May Branch Chair voting open for all Branches Complete
31 May Branch Chair election results Complete
1-11 June Additional National Council member nominations Complete
14-20 June Additional National Council member voting Complete
23 June - 5 July National Chair nominations Complete
12-30 July National Chair voting Active
1-6 August Regional National Board nominations  
9-13 August Regional National Board voting  
17-27 August Other National Board member elections  
31 August - 18 September Appointment of General Secretary  

Further information

Elections overview


Rationale for positive action steps