The Elia Board wants YOU

If you’re passionate about the language industry, now’s your chance to step up by running for election to the Elia Board. Anyone working for an Elia Full Member company is eligible to stand for election to one of the three positions available. These will become vacant once the current term ends in October 2017 and will last for two years.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the following Directors, whose terms are due to end, for the dedication and expertise that they have brought to the Board:

Françoise Bajon  President
Version internationale, France

Christian Schwendy Vice President
Gemino, Germany

Gordana Antonijević
IOLAR, Slovenia

Directors’ responsibilities

The Elia Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who share their time, experience and insights to help develop Elia’s events, initiatives and role in the language industry. With a broader and busier agenda than ever in 2017, now is an exciting time to join Elia and help contribute to our strategy, finance, policy, events and more.

Further details about the role of the Elia Board and responsibilities of Directors can be found in the Elia Board of Directors Code of Conduct. Being an Elia Director is an active role, and we strongly encourage you to read the Code of Conduct to fully understand what is involved in this challenging yet extremely rewarding position.

Benefits of becoming an Elia Director

  • A chance to contribute to your own professional development
  • The opportunity to give back and share your expertise
  • Unique access to industry leaders to support your company’s business development 

How to submit your candidacy

Candidates must be employees of Elia Full Member companies. To submit your candidacy for election to the Board, please fill out the Directors Candidacy form and include a photo of yourself. This will be sent as a link by email to the contacts we currently hold on our database. If you would like to also receive a copy, please email us and we can forward you the link.

To write a persuasive statement, you could highlight points such as:

  • How you would like to serve the language industry
  • The expertise you can share with the Board and Elia Members
  • Your understanding of Elia’s mission

Important dates

17 March 2017Call for Candidates opens
17 April 2017Last date to submit candidacy
1 May 2017List of candidates announced
5 June 2017Voting begins
15 June 2017Voting ends
19 June 2017Announce election results
10 October 2017First official Board meeting
13 October 2017Elia Annual General Meeting (AGM)


If you have any questions about the election or submitting your candidacy, please contact
John Terninko, Elia Operations and Events Manager and Company Secretary.

Best wishes and good luck!