NATE officers’ roles, committee structure and Articles of Association

Management Committee

The holders of the following posts form the Management Committee, which conducts the business of the Association:

Chair, Vice-Chair, Honorary Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Assistant Secretary, Research Officer, one representative of Committee Chairs, one representative of Regional Co-ordinators (these representatives from committees and regions are elected at the AGM).

These unpaid members of the Management Committee are Trustees of the Association and are bound by the Code of Conduct and Declaration that they sign upon application. Other officers may attend Management Meetings by invitation, when there is business relevant to them; they are not Trustees.

NATE Council

NATE Council is the key forum for discussion of NATE policy. In particular it provides an occasion for committee chairs and regional coordinators to meet and exchange ideas about the work of the committees and in the regions.

Members of NATE’s Management Committee, Chairs of individual committees and regional coordinators are automatically members of NATE Council. At any one time up to two other members are to be elected for a period of two years. Council meets twice a year to determine the policy of the Association.

Elected Officers


  • Chairs all meetings
  • Has oversight of all aspects of the management of the association
  • Represents the views and interests of members on national bodies
  • Acts on behalf of the association in all company matters
  • Undertakes relevant Trustee Training

Vice Chair

  • Assists and deputises for the Chair in all of the above
  • Presents the Annual Report at the Annual General Meeting
  • Undertakes relevant Trustee Training

Honorary Secretary

  • Responsible for the organisation of meetings
  • Oversees elections and co-options to Council
  • Provides knowledge of NATE’s constitution
  • Attends meetings of the Management Committee, Council and other meetings where representation of the association is required
  • Has oversight of the NATE calendar which indicates dates and deadlines for the forthcoming year
  • Undertakes relevant Trustee Training

Assistant Secretary

  • Responsible for taking and proof-reading the minutes of Management, Council and the AGM
  • Deputises for the Honorary Secretary as required
  • Undertakes relevant Trustee Training

Honorary Treasurer

  • Responsible for liaising with the association’s accountants over the preparation of the annual accounts
  • Draws up annual budgets for the association’s expenditure
  • Presents accounts and budgets to meetings of the management committee and the AGM
  • Undertakes relevant Trustee Training

Assistant Treasurer

  • Assists the Honorary Treasurer in all aspects of NATE business
  • Undertakes relevant Trustee Training

Research Officer

  • Responsible for conducting and disseminating the results of NATE’s research projects
  • Develop research based in classroom practice
  • Encourages schools to engage with action research
  • Supports schools and teachers new to action research
  • Undertakes relevant Trustee Training

Committee Chairs

  • Responsible for chairing meetings of committees on a termly basis
  • Responsible for completing termly updates on the work of their committee on the NATE website
  • Responsible for coordinating guest editorship of NATE publications as required

Committee Members

  • Contribution to NATE publications, including the NATE blog
  • Contribution to the work of their region in support of their regional representative

Regional Representatives

  • Responsible for organising one “teachmeet” style event (or other) per term with support from NATE office
  • Responsible for completing termly updates on the work of their region on the NATE website
  • Contribute to the NATE blog

Specialist Committees

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Post-16 and HE
  • ICT
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Drama and Creativity
  • Multicultural and Diversity
  • Assessment

Regions and branches

  • Central
  • East
  • East Midlands
  • Isle of Man
  • London and Hertfordshire
  • Midlands
  • North
  • North East
  • Northern Ireland
  • North West (incuding Allerdale, Copeland and Carlisle branch)
  • Scotland
  • South
  • South East
  • South West
  • Wales