As an Association Officer, you'll serve a four-year term, representing the interests of WEA members and learners on the Board of Trustees. The President and Deputy President play vital roles in guiding the organisation's strategic vision and ensuring member voices are heard at all levels.

WEA is committed to building diverse and inclusive leadership at all levels of the organisation, with a view that our leadership should reflect the diversity of our learner community. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. Your unique perspective and skills can help shape the future of adult education in our communities.

Make a difference by standing as a candidate for WEA President or Deputy President, you have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of learners across England and Scotland. Join us in our mission to empower individuals through education and create positive change in society.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Chairing (President) or Deputy Chairing (Deputy President) the WEA Council
  • Serving on the Board of Trustees
  • Advocating for the needs and interests of WEA members, learners and stakeholders within the education sector, and with government, locally and nationally
  • Contributing to the development of policies and initiatives to enhance WEA's impact

Key Dates:

  • 1 March 2024: Nominations open
  • 2 April 2024: Nominations close
  • 8 - 18 April 2024: Candidate interviews
  • 19 April 2024: Nominations Committee confirms candidates
  • 22 April - 24 May 2024: Election period
  • 5 June 2024: Election results announced


To stand for candidacy, support another member’s candidacy, or vote in the elections, individuals must be Association Members. This includes current subscribing members, recent learners, volunteers, or supporters of WEA activities. If you're unsure about your eligibility, please contact the governance team for clarification: [email protected].

How to Apply:

If you're ready to take on this exciting challenge, submit your nomination before 2 April 2024. Visit our website via the button below to access role descriptions and submit your application.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Governance Team at [email protected].

Don't miss this chance to be a catalyst for change. Submit your nomination and be part of the governance of the WEA shaping the future of adult education. Together, we can inspire learning, transform lives, and build stronger communities.

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Kathleen Formosa

Director of Governance and Company Secretary

Kathleen is the Director of Governance and Company Secretary at the WEA.