FAQs – Executive Elections

Election for deputy general secretary

The Executive has agreed the following election timetable for the first elected NEU Deputy General Secretary who will take office from January 2022 to December 2026

Election Timetable

  • 22 January 2021 - Call for nominations via the e-Bulletin
  • 4 May 2021 - Nominations open
  • 13 September 2021 - Close of Nominations (midnight)
  • 20 September 2021 - Deadline for withdrawal of Nominations/Election Statements (midnight)
  • 4 October 2021 - Elections open
  • 29 October 2021 - Elections close (midday)

Candidates must be nominated by at least fifteen Local Districts.

The support of the Local District for a candidate shall be the decision either by a ballot of all members of the Local District (other than associate or student members) or at a quorate general meeting of the Local District with at least 14 days’ notice of the General Meeting to decide on the nominations of the Local District.

Districts are currently convening meetings virtually in accordance with the Executive’s agreed protocol.

Districts can hold meetings to nominate candidates before the nominations open on 4 May 2021 but these nominations will not be processed until the nominations officially open.  Districts will receive an acknowledgement of their nominations.

Nominations shall be made on the form provided for the purpose (available appended to the full Election circular on the Officer Portal) and must reach the Returning Officer who will be the President by Monday 13 September 2021.

Eligibility for Nomination

Candidates for the posts of Deputy General Secretary shall be either:

  1. Members of a TUC affiliate union for not less than five continuous years immediately preceding the commencement of the ballot; or
  2. Officials of a TUC affiliate union.

Independent Scrutineer

The independent scrutineer appointed to oversee the elections is Civica (formerly ERBS).

Eligibility to Vote

All those, other than associate and student members, who are in membership of the Union at the date voting commences shall be entitled to vote in the election.

Information to assist districts with the nomination process is available here. Any queries should be sent to elections@neu.org.uk.

Elections to executive for period of office: September 2021 to August 2023

The biennial elections to the Executive taking office for two years from September 2021 will take place on the following timetable:  

Election Timetable 

  • 15 January 2021 – Notification of timetable and nominations open 
  •   8 March 2021 - Close of Nominations 
  • 15 March 2021 - Deadline for withdrawal of Nominations/submission of Election      materials   
  •  8 April  2021 - Elections open 
  • 29 April 2021 - Elections close  

Elections will be held for:

  • 64 members in the 17 geograpical seats
  • Three Sector (Independent/Support Staff and Post-16) member constituency seat-holders
  • Three Section (Black, Disabled and LGBT+) member constituency seatholders. 

All information to assist districts with the nomination process is available here. Any queries should be sent to elections@neu.org.uk.  The independent scrutineer appointed to oversee the elections is Civica (formerly ERBS).

By-elections for districts 8 and 11

Following the resignations of Tamsin Honeybourne and Katie Harrison (due to moving to a post outside D8), the Executive has agreed the following timetable to fill these vacancies: 

Election Timetable 

  • 15 January 2021 - Call for nominations via the e-Bulletin 
  • 15 January 2021 - Nominations open 
  •  1 March 2021 - Close of Nominations 
  •   8 March 2021 - Deadline for withdrawal of Nominations/submission of election material
  • 22 March 2021 - Elections open 
  • 12 April 2021 - Elections close  

Nomination forms for these elections, together with information to assist with the nomination process are available (District 8, District 11) from the officers resource shared drive. The Independent Scrutineer appointed to oversee these by-elections is Civica (formerly ERBS). Please contact elections@neu.org.uk if you have any queries about these elections. 

By-elections for executive member seats for : Districts 1, 13, 14, black member and LGBT+ member – results

Term of office to 31 August 2021.  The closing date for receipt of nominations in the above Executive By-elections was 30 October 2020.  A full list of valid nominations received by the end of 30 October 2020 for candidates is available here.

Emma Parker was elected unopposed to represent District 1, Hannah O’Neill was elected unopposed to represent District 13, Abdul Choudhury was elected to represent District 14, Kacey De Groot was elected unopposed to the LGBT+ members’ Constituency Seat and Vik Chechi-Ribeiro was elected to the Black members' Constituency Seat.

See the full report of the Independent Scrutineer, Civica, here (Black Members’ Results (2020) , District 14 Results 2020). The Union will, on request, supply any member with a copy of the Independent Scrutineer’s report on the elections.  Any such request for a copy of the report should be sent to elections@neu.org.uk.

Election for officers of vice-presidents (x2): 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2024 and treasurer and membership & equalities officer: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2022

The National Officer elections closed at midday on Monday, 2 March with the following candidates elected:

Treasurer - Hazel Danson

Senior Vice-President - Daniel Kebede

Junior Vice-President  - Louise Atkinson

Membership and Equalities Officer - Louise Regan  (unopposed)

See the full report of the Independent Scrutineer, Civica, including the Certified Election Result Sheets for vice presidents and treasurer.

A full list of the elected Executive (2019-2021) can be found at https://neu.org.uk/neu-executive and Reports of the Independent Scrutineer, Civica, in relation to Executive elections are are available here and held at each regional/Wales office for members to inspect.  Reports can be requested via elections@neu.org.uk or by writing to:

Rachel Curley
Assistant General Secretary
Business Services 
Hamilton House
Mabledon Place