Your subject association needs you!

ALL is now welcoming nominations and applications for a variety of roles within the association.  These are fantastic opportunities to get involved and shape the future of the association.

Become a member of the ALL council

ALL Council represents a broad cross-section of the Association’s membership at large, and contributes to delivery of our strategic objectives.The Council meets just once a year to review the previous year’s activities, tasks and successes. A briefing on the overall strategic direction of the Association and current challenges is also provided at the annual meeting.

The Council splits into Task & Finish Groups each with a chair, and a member of ALL’s board of trustees to work with them, to facilitate closer working between both governance functions of the Association. Task & Finish Groups have practical short or mid-term objectives and it is anticipated that each Council member commits the equivalent of one hour per week to their work with the Task & Finish Group. The groups identify the focus of their tasks from ALL’s Strategic Vision 2020 as well as noting any ongoing priorities indicated by the board or director, and plan a small number of deliverables for the coming academic year.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and shape the future of your subject association.  If you require further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with ALL’s Director, Rachel Middleton and for background information please read the following: Background information about ALL Council membership 2017-2020 and then complete the ALL Council member nomination form and return by noon on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Become an invited trustee

Another fantastic opportunity to get involved is with the role of Invited Trustee.  This is a volunteer role and trustees play an important role in the strategic planning and operation of ALL. On this occasion, we are particularly looking for an Invited Trustee with senior operations experience, with a knowledge of financial planning and management, to complement the skill set on our board of trustees. In ALL’s case the board of trustees is called its Management Board. You can find out more about the structure of ALL here.

Alternatively you might want to look at who we are, which shows you a short biography of volunteers who are trustees, members of ALL Council, former Presidents, and the Association’s staff.

Please read the role profile and person specification for an Invited Trustee or contact Rachel Middleton, ALL’s Director, if you have any questions.

If you would like to apply, please complete the Statement of Interest pro forma for ALL Invited Trustee and send it to Rachel Middleton by noon on Tuesday 30 May 2017.

President Elect (2017-2020)

Lastly we have an opportunity for the next President Elect (2017-2020).

While the function of President is to act as a figurehead for the Association, the role brings with it significant responsibility, both moral and legal. The President is an Officer of the Association and a trustee. He/she sits on the Association’s board of trustees, which is known as the Management Board.

This Board is responsible for the financial health, business, staff management and good governance of ALL and trustees are personally liable for its finances. However, trustees are protected by insurance and provided they act within the law any liabilities are covered.

Presidents of ALL come from differing backgrounds and sectors. They all have certain features in common:
• a passion for language teaching and learning
• proven success in their chosen field, e.g. classroom teaching, teacher training, research, creation of language teaching resources
• experience of working at local, regional or national level in the support of languages education
• the ability to represent and inspire ALL members
• a desire to further the aims of the Association and to support language teachers.


Year 1: An induction phase as President Elect (Sept 2017 – August 2018)
Years 2 & 3: An action phase as President (Sept 2018 – August 2020)

The position involves one year as a Trustee on ALL’s Management Board, in the role as President Elect.  This is a shadowing role and is designed to prepare the candidate for their tenure as President. The role of President is then assumed for a further two year period. Whilst performing the role as President, the candidate is also a full member of the board of trustees (ALL’s Management Board).

The President will have to make a commitment to the Association of approximately 45-50 days over 3 years.

Please read the following information about this varied role:

Other useful information:

  • View previous presidents’ profiles here
  • For an informal discussion, or request a call back from our current President, Anna Lise Gordon or former President, René Koglbauer, please contact with Rachel Middleton

We look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to get in touch for any further information.

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