Will you help build the movement for democratic reform?

The 2018 elections to Unlock Democracy's Council and the Board of Directors for Rodell Properties Ltd. are now ongoing.

Unlock Democracy members will be electing sixteen members of our Council and two Directors of Rodell Properties.

Read the candidates' statements online here.

We're owned and run by our members — our council is one of the ways our members can be involved in running the organisation, and sets our long term priorities. These elections are your chance to elect committed people to take our work forward and achieve our ambitions for 2018 and beyond. 

Rodell Properties is owned by Unlock Democracy, and manages properties in central London, the profits of which help fund our campaigns and activities. The success of Rodell is vital to Unlock Democracy. Read more about what Rodell Directors do.

Any member of Unlock Democracy can stand for elections — you don't need anyone else to nominate you, just fill in the form. For more details see the timeline and guides below.

What is Unlock Democracy Council?

The Council is responsible for the overall strategy of Unlock Democracy. There are 16-18 members, who are elected for a two-year term by members of Unlock Democracy using the single transferable vote.

The Council meets three to four times each year on a Saturday, usually at Unlock Democracy’s offices in central London. Travel expenses are paid, and it’s also possible to attend meetings remotely if regular trips to London aren’t feasible for you, whether that’s due to distance, disability, or other factors such as parenting or caring responsibilities.

The first meeting of the new Council will be on Saturday 21 July 2018, and Council members are also expected to attend the Annual General Meeting, which this year will be on Saturday 24 November 2018 in London.

Who is on the Council?

Any member of Unlock Democracy can put themselves forward for Council and/or as a Director of Rodell. You don’t need anyone to nominate you - simply submit your nomination here.
In order to build an inclusive and representative movement, and to reflect the diversity of the UK, we have rules to ensure gender, ethnic, and regional diversity:

  • at least one-third of members of Council must be male, and one-third female
  • two additional places are reserved for black or minority ethnic candidates, to be filled if fewer than two BME candidates are elected
  • Council must include at least one member from each regional constituency

I want to stand, what do I need to do?

Nominations have now closed for this round of elections. We'll be electing a new council in 2020.

If you’ve got any questions, or you’re not sure about standing, you’re welcome to contact our Membership Officer at tim.rouse@unlockdemocracy.org.uk or 020 7278 4443.

Elections Timeline

Friday 18 May - Nominations open
Noon, Friday 1 June - Nominations close
Friday 22 June - All members receive voting pack, and poll opens.
Friday 13 July - Close of poll
Monday 16 July - Election count
Saturday 21 July - Induction day and first meeting of the new Council