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7 reasons why you need to stand for AAT Council this year

Are you a professional member of AAT? You could be the game-changer we are looking for on AAT’s Council.

Nominations are open now for elections –  here are seven reasons you should put yourself forward.

1. You can shape AAT’s vision

AAT is in a time of change. Sarah Beale (pictured), our new CEO, is leading the team to develop a long-term strategy to modernise the organisation and make it even more transformational, modern and relevant.

We’re looking for members who can help realise the vision by bringing their insights, experiences, constructive challenges and ideas.

2. You can accelerate your professional development

“Being on Council is like free CPD. You learn about governance, pensions, all sorts. I’m exposed to top-level management disciplines such as corporate governance and best practice: things that many professionals my age (I’m 29) rarely get to do,” says Andy Murray, Finance Executive at Lindenmeyr International.

“In terms of personal growth, it is so valuable. I learned so much from being involved,” agrees past President John Thornton, Directo e-Resources.

3. It’s your chance to give something back

“We are looking for AAT members who believe in the organisation and are ready to get even more involved,” says Sarah Beale. “AAT is ­an organisation that changes lives and has a huge impact socially and in education. We are looking for people to be custodians of that and ensure we continue to go from strength to strength.”

4. You’ll get great support

You’ll be joining a council of passionate people, many of whom are from the profession and some who have skill sets in running large organisations.

We’ll make sure you understand your role and how you fit into governance. If you have experience, that’s valuable too. AAT will support you.

5. You could broaden AAT’s skill base

AAT wants to attract a broader cross-section of its membership through elections, especially from larger organisations, industry and the public sector.

“We are looking for all kinds of people from all kinds of experiences to help us shape AAT,” says Sarah Beale.

6. Gain experience as a trustee

As part of AAT’s Council, you will be exposed to the operational running of a complex £35 million organisation.

“One of the best things is that the AAT’s executive team, including the CEO, sit on every Council meeting,” says Heather Durell, founding Director of London-based accountancy firm Ask the Boss.

7. You could change something!

“I’ve only been on AAT Council for six months, but we’ve helped bring about change on everything from vice-presidential nominations to next year’s pricing through to altering CPD requirements for licenced members,” says Heather Durrell.

Andy Murray agrees: “Having the opportunity to promote inclusivity around mental health is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Council member.”

Apply now in 3 simple steps

Applying to stand in the Council election is simple. And quick!  

  1. Complete this form with your membership details.
  2. Provide an up-to-date digital photo.
  3. Provide a short statement (maximum 200 words) explaining why you want to join Council and what skills you think you could bring.

Send the above to

That’s it!

If you need more details, they can be found here.

The closing date is 17.00 (UK time) on Thursday 7 July 2022.

Three quotes to get you going:

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.

George H. Lorimer

Time wasted is existence; time used is life.

Edward Young

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.

Victor Kiam

David Nunn is Content Manager at AAT.

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