Every year, we run elections for the Core Team and (since 2019) the Derwenthorpe Governing Group (DGG). Our constitution has the full rules for elections, and gives the Core Team flexibility to work out the details.
Core team members
The core team has up to ten members, but (up to 2020, anyway), there’s never been more than ten candidates to choose from: so we’ve not needed to run a vote.
Ian Eiloart (chair), Alison Semmence, Sheri Kinbrum (secretary), Phill Jenkins, Andrew Hall, David Casswell, Ignazio Cabras, Ed Beckett were therefore elected unopposed.
When short on numbers, the Core Team can co-opt (appoint) additional members to make up the numbers. During the year, Catherine Jardine (treasurer) was co-opted in this way.
In 2019, we needed to choose five residents to represent us all on the DGG. We did get more than five candidates, so we did actually have to run a vote at the 2019 AGM.
Nicky Helliwell (chair), Ian Eiloart, Phill Jenkins, Sachin Mehta, and Ignazio Cabras were elected for a term of one year. In future, DGG members will be elected to serve for three years.
In 2020, elections were delayed due to Covid-19. They should have occurred in May. In April, the core team decided that the constitutional requirement to “safeguard the interests of residents” was more important than running an election, so we decided in April to postpone the elections.
If you’d like to consider standing for election to either the Core Team or the DGG, please contact us. We’d be happy to talk to you about standing, and we always welcome new interest.