ALCS board elections 2021: what you need to know

Three positions are available on the ALCS board in this year's election. Read on for more information about the kind of candidates we’re looking for and what the roles entail.

Nominations for new ALCS board members opened on 6 September 2021. Both the nominations and the following election are being run by Civica Election Services (CES), so please note that all communications will come from them.

About the posts

This year there are three vacancies on the Board:

  • 1 x three-year term post representing writers across the spectrum
  • 2 x three-year term posts specifically representing film, TV and radio writers

All applicants will need to provide the details of four other ALCS members who will nominate and support them in their application to stand. To be considered for this position, applicants will also need to provide a written statement of 600 words.

We encourage applicants with current experience or knowledge of one or more of the following areas:

  • copyright and publishing
  • finance
  • IT/digital technology
  • advocacy, campaigning and influencing
  • law, particularly how it affects writers


Being an ALCS Director carries with it legal, financial and ethical responsibilities including, importantly, a duty to exercise independent judgement. Our aim is for every board Director to be a positive, dynamic influence on ALCS and its future direction. Good interpersonal and communication skills are vital, and previous board or committee experience is desirable.

As a Non-Executive Director, you will help shape the strategic tone and direction of ALCS and ensure the highest levels of governance and probity are in place to help innovate, support future growth and deliver for ALCS’ membership. You will share the responsibility for scrutinising operational and financial performance, bringing a fresh perspective and the ability to constructively challenge, while working in collaboration with board members to ensure ALCS is a progressive force for collecting and distributing monies for its members.


6 September – The nominations process began; an email was sent to members by CES with details of how to put yourself forward if you’d like to stand.

11 October – The nominations process closes.

25 October – The election opens. Details about the candidates who are standing for election, how to vote and a timetable for voting will be communicated to members by CES.

25 November – The successful candidates will be announced at the ALCS AGM.

Still interested?

If you are interested in standing for election to the ALCS Board of Directors, please take a look at our Board election booklet for full details of the positions available.

Read more about how ALCS is run in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

There is also a Guide to Being a Director of ALCS which includes the code of practice.

If you have further questions, please contact Owen Atkinson, ALCS Chief Executive, at