U3AC is managed by its Trustees, who form Council.
Members of Council are elected by the Annual General Meeting for a period of three years, after which time they are eligible for election for a further period of three years. The maximum number of Council members is 15.
The Chair is elected by the Annual General Meeting for one term of three years. In the event of a vacancy, Council may co-opt a Trustee until the next Annual General Meeting.
Council meets about four times each year to discuss the business of running the organisation. A member of the Office staff (usually the Office Manager) attends these meetings.
As it is not practical for Council to discuss and agree every item of business with which U3AC has to deal, there are a number of sub-committees (Committees) which report back to Council on the business discussed at their meetings. Council is made aware of any issues within their remit which need particular attention or require a decision to be made by the whole Council.
The Committee Chairs and other Council members with designated roles (e.g. Administrator, Secretary) are designated as Officers and regularly meet as a group to share issues that have arisen and to prepare for the next Council meeting. A member of the Office staff usually attends these meetings.
Susan Honeyford Chair
Tim Ewbank* Vice-Chair
Penny Carter Secretary
Margaret Kerry Treasurer
Maggie Balshaw* Director of Studies (Courses)
Alastair Breward* Director of Studies (Lectures)
In September 2020 Debbie Ganz stood down as Administrator. Her duties have been re-assigned to to other Council members for the time being.
*Following the postponement of the AGM scheduled for 18 March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Council co-opted these four nominees to fill the Trustee vacancies that had arisen.
Dr Nicholas Coni OBE, MA, MD, FRCP
Dame Sandra Dawson DBE, FAcSS
Professor Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow OM, FRS
Function: Oversees the annual course programme.
Director of Studies (Courses): Maggie Balshaw
Committee: Mike Atkinson, Sheila Bennett, David Burgess, Tim Ewbank, Geof Tamulonis
Function: Manages the U3AC budget.
Treasurer: Margaret Kerry
Committee: Jane Stevens, Stella Weeds
Function: Organises a wide range of social activities for U3AC members.
Chair: Clem Messenger
Committee: approximately six volunteers from among U3AC’s members.
In addition to the committees that have direct representation on Council, there are a number of groups that are led by a small team of members. Chief among these are:
U3AC is an independent, self-financing organisation run by the members themselves (with invaluable support from its efficient Office staff). In addition to Council members and Officers who are responsible for the management of the organisation, U3AC relies on its volunteers to:
Please contact the Office if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity. Help is always needed.
If you are interested in running a course and becoming a tutor or course leader you can find more information on this website: Running a course.