AEA Objectives

Core and strategic objectives

The core objectives of the Association are to:

  • Encourage training, education and development of experience of members and to foster the advancement of consistent and efficient administration of electoral registration and the conduct of elections;
  • Promote the knowledge of members, providing opportunities for the exchange of views and experiences amongst members of the Association and others;
  • Disseminate information and advice on all aspects of electoral registration and the conduct of elections to members and others;
  • Provide commercial and other services, facilities and assistance to bodies with objectives consistent with those of the Association. These include, without limitation, the organisation of seminars, training courses and conferences, and the publication of written materials, for or of interest to the members of such body or bodies and all other persons interested or concerned in the administration of electoral registration and the conduct of elections; and
  • Undertake, by invitation, any facilities or advice in connection with the organisation, administration and oversight of elections, electoral registration and any related activities within or outside of the United Kingdom.

The strategic objectives of the Association are to:

  • Maintain the AEA’s reputation as the leading professional body for electoral administrators within the United Kingdom;
  • Continue to raise the profile of electoral administration both within the United Kingdom and internationally;
  • Continue to administer and further develop the professional qualifications for electoral administrators;
  • Enhance the Association’s reputation as an internationally recognised expert body;
  • Assist the membership in the development of good practice;
  • Contribute positively to electoral reform within the United Kingdom;
  • Work with others to ensure professionalism and effectiveness in all aspects of electoral administration;
  • Provide high quality training relevant to the Association’s areas of work and expertise;
  • Co-operate with others in developing a network of international contacts to improve and enhance professionalism in electoral administration; and
  • Provide timely advice, through appropriate means, to assist members in performing their professional role.

These objectives will be achieved by the development of a rolling five-year Business Plan agreed and overseen by the Association’s Management Team and approved and monitored by the AEA Board.

  • Several of both the general and strategic objectives of the Association rely either fully or partially on the work of the Qualifications Board, which acts as a semi-autonomous body charged with the delivery of the Association’s professional qualification.

The major duties of the Qualifications Board are to:

  • Oversee the policy direction of the Board and the qualifications, including its relationship with other qualifications;
  • Appoint examiners;
  • Administer and keep under review the rules and procedures, including the structure of the qualifications;
  • Keep under review the syllabus and other academic matters such as those relating to the suggested reading list, appropriate training courses and material, etc.;
  • Act as an Appeals Panel in terms of individual candidates; and
  • Act as the Awarding Board for the qualifications.