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Develop your skills on the RCSLT Council

Following the end of the present councillors’ terms of office, the RCSLT has four country councillor vacancies – for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

This is a great opportunity for dynamic members to stand up and make a difference in their country of employment, promote the interests of the profession and influence those in power.

RCSLT Chair Professor Sue Roulstone says the country councillor vacancies come at an exciting time in the development of the RCSLT.

In addition to its legal, financial and managerial role, the Council provides professional leadership to influence the strategic direction of the profession. It considers issues of concern raised by the RCSLT membership and decides what action the RCSLT will take in response.

“The new RCSLT structures (outlined in the March Bulletin, pp13-16) mean that the new country councillors will receive a great deal of support from the RCSLT Policy and Partnerships Team, the country policy officers and the new CRM Team,” adds Professor Roulstone.

Country councillors’ responsibilities include: Representing RCSLT members resident in their

country at Council Attending Council meetings four times per year,

usually in London, and other meetings as required Acting as an RCSLT ambassador with members Promoting the interests of the profession and its

clients to the general public and other key decisions makers in their country Council members provide strategic direction, set overall policy and ensure the efficient administration of the RCSLT. As trustees, councillors also safeguard the assets, good name and ethos of the organisation.

What are the benefits of being a country councillor? The role provides excellent professional development opportunities to improve your skills in leadership and project management, as well as communication and influencing skills. You will also be able to network with other therapists across the UK and get experience in working with government and charitable organisations. The role gives you a unique opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the profession.

Will I be paid? No, but you will be reimbursed for any travel and other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, for example accommodation, if necessary, for attending meetings at the RCSLT headquarters in London.

Will Council work take up much time? This varies. Councillors should allocate approximately two days a month to undertake the role.

For an application and information pack for the country councillor positions, contact Bridget Ramsay Email: bridget.ramsay@rcslt.org or tel: 0207 378 3001.The deadline for completed applications is 28 April 2006

Terms of office Country councillors are elected by RCSLT members in their country of representation. The terms of office for the Councillors for England and Wales are from the date of election to the annual general meeting (AGM) in September or October 2007.

For the Councillors for Ireland and Scotland, the terms of office are from the September AGM 2006 to the AGM in September or October 2008. The present Councillor for Scotland, Kay Fegan, is eligible and willing to stand for a second term of office from 2006-2008.

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April 2006 bulletin

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