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Electing a chair/vice-chair: FAQs

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Last updated on 29 June 2017
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This article addresses FAQs about elections for the chair and vice-chair, including whether a governing board can have two chairs of governors, what happens when a governor's term of office comes to an end, and whether associate members can vote in the elections.

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  1. 1 Can the same person be elected as chair for successive terms?
  2. 2 Can a board have more than one chair or vice-chair?
  3. 3 Who should lead the election process?
  4. 4 Must elections for chair be held each September?
  5. 5 Can the vice-chair continue their term if elections will take place before it ends?
  6. 6 What if the votes are tied?
  7. 7 Can staff governors vote?
  8. 8 Can associate members vote?
  9. 9 Can a losing candidate for chair automatically become vice-chair?
  10. 10 Can we elect a person as chair/vice-chair if they are not present?
  11. 11 Can a governor who is paid to provide services to the school be chair/vice-chair?
  12. 12 Can a governor continue as chair after their term of office ends?
  13. 13 Can a handover take place when the outgoing chair's term of office has ended?
  14. 14 Should we restart the election process after a period of upheaval?

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