Wednesday 13 April 2022


Are you passionate about helping ALARM develop and grow? If so, we are seeking expressions of interest from the ALARM membership for two Director posts up for election this year.

The ALARM Board is legally and ethically responsible for all of our activities, including (but not limited to):

  • Defining our vision/priorities through short, medium and long-term planning
  • Adopting an annual budget and providing robust financial oversight
  • Evaluating our performance and success in delivering our objectives
  • Establishing policies and procedures to ensure ongoing effective management.

In addition, the Board has ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the association. Therefore, there are decisions the Board makes, that are crucial to ALARM thriving, including; recruitment and retention of members and sponsors, development and oversight of its offering, and organisational resilience and sustainability.

What are we looking for in a Board Director?

We are looking for enthusiastic team players, willing to work at a strategic level, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will be committed to ALARM's ideals and have a broad knowledge of risk or insurance and have the ability to complete tasks within agreed timeframes.

Experience, or an understanding, of developing business plans, project management, or managing budgets would be of advantage; however, these skills can be developed as part of your role in being a Board Director.

Board Director responsibilities and commitments to ALARM are:

  • To understand, contribute to and promote our vision/priorities to sponsors, partners and members
  • To act as an ambassador for ALARM, representing the Board at events, meetings and Conference
  • To be familiar with our business plan, policies, and committee structures
  • To engage with sponsors and partners, including the identification of potential new sponsors
  • To read and digest papers in advance of meetings to ensure active participation and to take ownership of priorities, focus/special interest groups, reporting or researching as required
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of some of the key issues our members face
  • To strictly adhere to conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
  • To act as brand guardians of ALARM and ensure familiarity with the brand and style guidelines
  • To ensure ALARM is financially sound, well governed, and effectively managing risks.

Board Director duties include:

  • Actively contribute to Board meetings, providing updates and drafting board papers where required
  • Attend and participate in sponsor renewal and review meetings
  • Represent ALARM at roundtable events
  • Provide content for My View blogs
  • Contribute to industry consultations
  • Input into guidance documents and publications
  • Contribute to focus group actions and projects
  • Attend regional events and annual Conference, chairing sessions as required
  • Undertake judging of ALARM Risk Awards entries
  • Respond to queries and requests within required timescales.

What are the benefits of being an ALARM Board Director?

Being a Board Director can be extremely rewarding. In return for your time and commitment, benefits associated with the role include:

  • Shaping the products, services and benefits we offer to our members
  • Gaining invaluable experience of operating at a senior level
  • Working as part of a committed and supportive team
  • Enhancing your communication, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Making a difference to the success of the organisation
  • Being a Board Director provides high quality CPD and excellent job satisfaction
  • Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses provided.

What commitment is required?

Board Directors are all volunteers and as such do not receive any remuneration for their time and commitment, they have to give their own time, or time with the permission of their employers, to carry out their duties and responsibilities. The following is an example of the commitment required:

Activity and minimum time commitment

Attendance and participation at Board and Committee meetings - six days per annum

Preparation for Board and Committee meetings (author reports, digest meeting packs, query information etc.) - four days per annum

Representation at meetings and annual Conference - four days per annum (includes two overnight stays)

Attendance and participation at our annual planning workshop - one day per annum (includes overnight stay)

Development, delivery and monitoring of focus/special interest group action plans (including guidance documents) - four days per annum 

Meeting with current and potential sponsors to identify their objectives/requirements and ensure strong relationship management - three days per annum

Approximate minimum time commitment - 22 days per annum

Election process and eligibility
To be eligible to stand for election you must be a voting member of ALARM.
Expressions of interest should be endorsed by two members of ALARM and be submitted by Friday 29 April 2022.

Candidates will be invited to an informal discussion with a panel of Board Directors to discuss their expression of interest and their suitability to the role, prior to their expression being put forward as an election candidate.

Key dates

  • Expressions of interest sought from 11 April 2022
  • Deadline for expressions of interest 5pm, 29 April 2022
  • Candidates invited for informal discussions, 6-27 May 2022
  • Election process commences 10 June 2022
  • Election process closes 5pm, 24 June 2022
  • Results announced at ALARM AGM 4 July 2022.

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