NUAA has a Board of Governance which oversees the direction, management and finances of the organisation. The Board of Governance is elected at the NUAA Annual General Meeting and meets at NUAA on the last Wednesday of every calendar month.

Any member of NUAA is entitled to attend Board of Governance meetings or be nominated to join the board. The exception to this is NUAA staff who are not eligible to sit on the board.

Board

The Board meets on the last Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills.

The current members of the Board of Governance are:

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President

To be advised



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Vice- President

To be advised



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Secretary

To be advised



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Treasurer

To be advised



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AIVL Delegate

To be advised



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Ordinary Members

To be advised



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Chief Executive Officer

Dr Mary Harrod (ex officio)



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Alternative Members

To be advised



Purpose

Board members are "custodians" of NUAA on behalf of its members and stakeholders. The NUAA Board's role is to focus on the vision, mission, values and strategic plan, in essence what the organisation stands for, rather than what the organisation does. The Board makes sure the organisation stays focused on its purpose, meets its funding requirements and is protected by overseeing our financial and legal requirements.

What kind of committee members are we looking for?

We're looking for peers who may currently use drugs or have used drugs in the past, and others who support NUAA's aims and objectives. We want people who are passionate to learn about or participate in governance. Our current Board has experts such as solicitors, educators and administrators. One of our members, very skilled in governance, was asked by her son, a NUAA member who used illicit drugs, to become involved in NUAA. Another is a drug user activist who was NUAA's first manager. Another is a peer who had little experience in governance before joining the Board. NUAA members who have no experience with Boards or administration but are keen to learn are invited to become involved and gain new skills in becoming an effective Board member.

Level of commitment

You are elected to the Board of Governance for a period of one year, but may be re-elected as often as NUAA members continue to vote for you. The Board meets monthly for about two hours at the NUAA offices in Surry HIlls. How much time you will need to spend outside of meeting time depends in part on the role you may have within the Board. Obviously being the President (and chairing the meetings), Secretary or Treasurer will be more time-consuming than being an ordinary member. However, even ordinary members need to do a certain amount of reading or may sit on a working party such as a Membership committee to progress the Board's work. Our current President has estimated that realistically, attending the Board meetings plus any sub-committees and doing the necessary reading and preparation probably takes about two hours per week.

How to get involved

Contact Andrew at NUAA on 8354 7300 to talk about the Board, what skills you may have to offer or would like to learn, and what is involved. We can arrange for a Board member to give you a call back to talk about their experience. You can even attend a meeting as an observer and talk to members afterwards. If after doing your homework you decide to run for the Board, but don't have any experience with sitting on Boards, it might be an idea to consider running as an Alternate Member where you are in a position of learning. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). You need to be a confirmed member of NUAA to run for the Board. Members are sent an AGM pack each year with nomination forms. We will also post nomination forms on this site before each AGM. You need a nominator and a seconder to become a candidate. You then attend the AGM and speak to your nomination. Members attending the AGM vote for Board members, the votes are counted on the spot by a Returning Officer and results are announced immediately after the count.

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Board Elections

This Board was elected at the 2014 AGM. The next Board will be elected at the 2015 AGM. Board positions are open to NUAA members. Each year, Board Nomination forms are mailed out to NUAA members with the AGM agenda papers and are posted on this webpage as soon as they are available. You can nominate yourself but you will need another NUAA member to second your nomination. The AGM takes place in October/November each year. Contact Andrew for more information on 8354 7300 or andrewh@nuaa.org.au


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