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The Institute’s 2011 Annual General Meeting

Monday 03 October 2011

Monday 3 October 2011, 4.30 pm

Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

This year our AGM is very important! We have ten members of Council, including three members of Executive Committee stepping down – and we really want to get more people involved!

Being on the IfA Council and Executive allows me to get involved in the profession in ways that my daily work does not - there are no subject or geographic boundaries. It is both challenging and rewarding and I feel that I can give something back to the profession.

The IfA concerns everyone that ‘does’ archaeology.

Being on Council provides a great opportunity to influence the strategic direction and decision making of YOUR Institute. And we are going through an important time of change –we have restructured our administrative functions and are consulting members on ways to improve our governance to ensure that there is equal focus on member engagement as well as managing the business side of the Institute. We are also hoping to move forward with obtaining a royal charter of incorporation and will be asking members for a mandate to pursue this at the AGM.

Being on Council is both fun and very rewarding – few things are more important than being able to directly affect how the Institute works to get archaeology and heritage appropriately recognised in national policy! But it is fun too, and few things are better CPD than serving a term on Council.

If you would be interested in standing for election you will need to complete the nomination form and return it to the IfA Office by 12 August 2011.

At this stage in the AGM timetable we have issued the preliminary notice and call for nominations for Corporate (PIfA, AIfA, MIfA) members to stand for election to IfA Council and/or its Membership Appeals Committee. This year’s AGM papers will only be circulated electronically to members who have opted to receive correspondence by email from us. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy please email us at

We are one of the leading voices in the profession and historic environment sector, working with and putting pressure on government to ensure the safeguarding of heritage during the upheavals of the planning processes throughout the UK. The new National Planning Policy Framework and Localism Bill both offer opportunities as well as threats to our sector, and we will be heavily involved in the implementation of the recommendations of the Southport Report. We will continue to do all we can to ensure we have a strong and skilled profession in the aftermath of the recession and the cuts being imposed on public sector services. Being on Council will enable you to direct IfAs involvement and to be up-to-date with the continuing developments.

Council also provides an excellent opportunity to add to your Continuing Professional Development, to network with colleagues, and to raise your profile within the profession. Council meets four times a year (November, January, March and July) and Executive approximately six times. If you would like any further information about what is involved please contact

Corporate members will be invited to vote for the candidates in a postal ballot if the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies. Ballot papers, accompanied by information and an election statement of the candidates, will be distributed to members and the ballot will run from 2 September to 23 September 2011 inclusive.

This page will be updated with further AGM documentation when available.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
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Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

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