The ACA is unencumbered with a large bureaucracy and can respond quickly and efficiently to members’ concerns and enquiries. ACA Council, presided by the President, runs the Association and deals with all issues.
Council members are elected democratically by and from the voting membership. Councillors are elected for a three-year term, renewable once for a further three years. Council is chaired by the ACA President who with other nominated officers are elected by Council, at the first meeting after the AGM each year.
The other principal offices of Council are Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer. From time to time, Vice Presidents may be appointed. ACA Council is the single organ of governance of the organisation and has no further points of reference. It is thus capable of swift movement in the face of important issues and is directly approachable by the membership.
Council aspires to a “Cabinet” style of operation with individual council members adopting specific responsibilities or leading working groups and subcommittees. The ACA Planning Action Group is typical of the specialist groups that also cover education, student membership, press liaison and other topical issues. Council is supported by the Secretary General, the Director of Enterprise and the Chief Operating Officer, who also deal with general ACA business and the day-to-day running of the organisation.