Re-election for AGCAS Vice-President
A record number of votes was received in the recent election for a Vice-President to serve on the AGCAS Board 1 August 2012 - 31 July 2015. We would like to thank all Full Members of AGCAS who voted for your interest and participation. This has resulted in a tie position between Terry Dray and Jenny Owen, who each received an equal number of votes.
Each Full Member may cast only one vote. The nominee who secures the most votes by the closing date of Thursday 5 July 2012 will be duly elected.
Nominee profile statements
• Terry Dray
I am very pleased to stand for Vice-President. As professionals, we know we face challenges including operating in a rapidly changing environment where added value, transparency, stakeholder experience, value for money, continuous improvement, political awareness, brand management and competitiveness are imperatives. This is a very important time for us all and we need a collectively engaged, proactive and smart Association.
I have wide experience of policy-making, strategic planning and development and have acted many times as a consultant and an external reviewer of careers services in the UK and overseas. I am very committed to professionalism, stakeholder engagement and providing an excellent offer to those investing in higher education, be they students, employers or policy makers. A few years ago I enjoyed serving on the AGCAS Executive Committee (as it was then).
I am currently the Director of Graduate Advancement and Employer Engagement at Liverpool John Moores University. I have a senior management role within the institution. I have worked in higher education careers services for 20 years and held management positions at Oxford University as Director of the Career Service, Warwick University, the University of Manchester and Chester College, so I have varied experience of the challenges of operating in different types of university.
I am standing for Vice-President because I feel I have a contribution to give, can represent AGCAS in the manner expected and can make a difference.
• Jenny Owen
We live in interesting times – employability is higher on the agenda at most institutions than it has been for a long time. This brings opportunities but also significant challenges given the economic situation and the increased pressure to provide measurable outcomes in short time frames. AGCAS is an institution that can truly be much more than the sum of its parts and an invaluable support to its members. Recent innovations, such as AGCAS position statements and guidelines, have been excellent additions to the collaborative projects that provide resources for students and I'd like the opportunity to continue to grow this area of work. Individual institutions can achieve great things and the diversity of AGCAS is one of its strengths. Having said that, there are areas, eg the thorny issue of Convention de Stages, where speaking as one voice and partnering with international bodies such as FEDORA would bring tangible benefits to the membership. Alongside supporting the President and fulfilling the trustee role, it's these sorts of issues of common interest across the sector that I would want to identify and action.
I joined AGCAS in 2003 and as part of The Careers Group worked at Queen Mary, University of London, SOAS, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London where I was Head of Service for five years prior to moving to LSE in January 2011. During my last two years at The Careers Group, I acted as part of the Directors Group balancing my role as Head of Service at King's with looking at strategy, policy and implementation across the federal service.
From 2008-2011, I served on the Board of Directors for Epping Forrest District Citizens Advice Bureau – an organisation that faces many challenges familiar to our own professional body – and gained very useful experience of charity management and governance.
How to vote
To vote, please make sure you are first signed into the AGCAS website and then go to the online poll. Only Full Members of AGCAS are eligible to vote. In the case of any difficulty registering your vote, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is Thursday 5 July 2012.
Created on: 18 June 2012
Last updated: 18 June 2012