The duties and responsibilities of National Forum members are:

  • to attend National Forum meetings on dates and in locations agreed by the members
  • to participate on working groups and committees as agreed from time-to-time
  • to actively support and demonstrate commitment to the work of the charity, and to show a willingness to spend personal time and energy in furthering its aims
  • to cooperate with The National Autistic Society’s staff and regional branches to ensure the charity and any network of other local autism groups develops and prospers
  • to attend as many branch and other relevant local meetings as they reasonably can, and where possible to visit the charity’s schools and adult services.

Forum members may claim reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings or on other duties (for example visiting the charity’s services) on behalf of The National Autistic Society.

Regions and vacancies

Members of the National Forum will be resident in one of five regions and will be elected into office by National Autistic Society members who are also resident in their region. The regions are defined by national boundaries or by post code areas as follows:

Region Post code areas included  Number of seats 
Scotland National boundaries 4
Wales National boundaries
4
Northern Ireland National boundaries
2
Northern and Central England
B, BB, BD, BL, CA, CB, CH,
CO, CV, CW, DE, DH, DL, DN,
DY, FY, HD, HG, HR, HU, HX,
IP, L, LA, LE, LN, LS, M, NE,
NG, NN, NR, OL, PE, PR, S,
SK, SR, ST, TF, TS, WA, WF,
WN, WR, WS, WV, YO
16

Southern England (incl. London)
AL, AP, BA, BH, BN, BR, BS,
CM, CR, CT, DA, DT, E, EC,
EN, EX, GL, GU, HA, HP, IG,
KT, LU, ME, MK, N, NW, OX
, PL, PO, RG, RH, RM, SE, SG, SL, SM, SN, SO, SS, SW, TA, TN,
TQ, TR, TW, UB, W, WC, WD
 14

Currently there are vacant seats in all regions. Please note:

1. All candidates must:

  • be a member of The National Autistic Society and resident in the region they are standing for. This election is therefore only open to members living in the U
  • be nominated by two other National Autistic Society member
  • consent to being a candidate by either signing the nomination form or responding directly to the Governance Manager’s office indicating their assent and capacity to stand
  • not be an employee of The National Autistic Society
  • not have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception or otherwise be disqualified by law (see back of nomination form)

2. Candidates, on submitting their nomination form(s) or their assent to stand, should include a profile of no more than 300 words in support of their candidature on the questionnaire attached. This profile will be included with the ballot papers.

3. Completed nomination forms and candidates’ statements must be received by the Governance Manager on or before Sunday 5 February 2017. They may be returned by post using the supplied envelope or emailed to: governance-manager@nas.org.uk

The Office of the Governance Manager (Personal)
The National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London
EC1V 1NG