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Election for AGCAS Director of ICT

Following the recent advertisement for a Director of ICT to serve on the AGCAS Board (from 1st August 2010 to 31st July 2013), nominations were received from:

Mr Paul Cox of the University of the West of England (UWE)
Mr James Mears of the University of Warwick

In accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of AGCAS, an election is being held. Associate Members of AGCAS are now invited to vote to decide which nominee should be elected. (Associate Members of AGCAS are heads of careers services, careers advisers and other professional staff and administrators currently employed by an AGCAS-member careers service.

Each Associate Member may cast only one vote and the nominee who secures the most votes by the closing date of Thursday 15 July 2010 at 5.00pm will be duly elected. Further details of the role and short profile statements from each nominee outlining what they hope to bring to the AGCAS Board are reproduced below:

The role of the ICT Director on the AGCAS Board 

The Director (ICT) is a Director of AGCAS the Company and a Trustee of AGCAS the Charity. The role involves: acting as an ambassador internally and externally for AGCAS; working closely with the AGCAS Communications and Marketing Manager in promoting, developing and monitoring the use of ICT both within AGCAS and by member services, concentrating on how ICT is being used to further the guidance/information process, online services, e-guidance, online testing, VLE CMS modules, etc. The postholder will work in close consultation with the relevant AGCAS senior staff to make strategic recommendations to the Board.

Nominee profile statements

Mr Paul Cox:

Quality ICT is vital to the effectiveness of careers services and information and guidance provision, particularly in the challenging climate we now face. AGCAS needs to be at the leading edge of ICT awareness and developments in order to be able to respond quickly and appropriately in support of services and the sector.

I see the ICT Director role as crucial to the Board's capacity to achieve this, and I feel it requires effective strategic liaison and coordination of staff and membership expertise within AGCAS and from external partners, rather than individual technical expertise.

I feel my extensive previous involvement within AGCAS, on a variety of committees and working groups, as well as my Board experience as Information Products Director and in the Deputy and President roles, gives me a good grasp of strategic necessities and mechanisms for influencing and developing policy and delivery within AGCAS and the sector. I feel this experience will enable me to further develop effective working relationships with key AGCAS staff, Board members and other stakeholders/partners to ensure that AGCAS remains a key player in this vital area of innovation and value for money through high quality ICT vision and provision.

Mr James Mears:

I have worked as the IT Manager in the Centre for Student Careers & Skills at the University of Warwick since January 2007. My main responsibilities at Warwick are to manage the IT requirements and operations for the centre, including strategic planning and development to enhance service provision. I was also recently responsible for implementing our centre's new IT system and I manage the day-to-day support, training and maintenance alongside our information team. I previously worked for Royal Mail for eight years in various IT roles, including computer network design and as a third line support engineer. I have a degree in integrated engineering from Sheffield Hallam University.

I am nominating myself for the ICT role because I have already been a very active member of the AGCAS ICT Advisory Group, producing several ICT-related articles on podcasting, audio editing and use of twitter. I feel that the role of ICT director would be a logical progression that would allow me to bring my wealth of knowledge, experience and credibility around the areas of ICT to the Board of Directors. I am very keen to work with AGCAS and to help advise the HE careers sector in promoting and developing the use of ICT.

How to vote

To vote, please make sure you are first signed into the AGCAS website and then go to the poll. Only AGCAS Associate Members are eligible to vote. In the case of any difficulty registering your vote, please email


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Created on: 29 June 2010

Last updated: 21 May 2012

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