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Committee Nominations - overview of the process

Being elected to an Equity Committee

What are they?

In this round of elections, Equity members are electing:

  • eight industrial and specialist committees representing members working in different areas of the entertainment
    industry;
  • three national committees representing members in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales;
  • four equality committees — Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ; Minority Ethnic; and Women.
  • the Young Members’ Committee.

All 16 committees are elected by and from Equity members themselves. Any member who qualifies can stand. There is a more detailed summary of each committee here.

Am I qualified to stand?

  • To stand for an industrial or specialist committee you must submit evidence of professional earnings of £500 or
    more from the part of the industry covered in the three years prior to the close of nominations.
  • To stand for a national committee you must live in the nation the committee covers.
  • To stand for one of the four equality committees you must identify as a member of the group represented and you must also submit evidence of professional earnings of £500 or more from any part of the industry in the three years prior to the close of nominations
  • To stand for the Young Members’ Committee you must be 30 or under at the close of nominations and you must also submit evidence of professional earnings of £500 or more from any part of the industry in the three years prior to the close of nominations.
  • You must be up-to-date with your Equity subscription.
  • You may not stand for more than one of the eight industrial or specialist committees.
  • Student and child members of Equity are not eligible to stand in these elections.

How much of my time will being on a committee take?

You need to be enthusiastic and ready to give your time to being an Equity committee member, but you are not expected to devote excessive amounts of time. Most committees meet four or five times a year and attending those meetings, if you can, is the basic commitment. But you might also want to be involved in a specific campaign, help formulate a new industrial agreement or represent the committee at Equity’s annual conference. If elected you will serve on the committee for two years. All reasonable expenses for attending meetings of the committee will be met by the union.

How do I stand?

Simply fill out this form and find a fellow member to propose you or you can propose yourself. You must be seconded by another member. Return your form, with a photograph of yourself, an election statement of up to 150 words and evidence of professional earnings if required, by the close of nominations at 12 noon on Friday 10 May 2019.

You can also be nominated by an Equity branch. Any proposal by a branch to nominate a candidate must appear on the agenda circulated in advance of the branch meeting and an officer of the branch must complete and sign the nomination form stating clearly the name of the nominating branch. Branch nominations cannot be completed online.

When are the elections?

The elections will start in June this year and the results will be announced in July. If you are elected, your term of
office will start immediately the results are announced and last for two years. Give it a try! You will get to discuss key issues about the entertainment industry with like-minded professionals and you will get a real say in how Equity operates. Call 020 7670 0266 or email elections@equity.org.uk if you want more information on how the committees
work.

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