Organisation: EECERA Administration
EECERA is a voluntary association wholly owned by its Membership and administered under the usual protocols of a charity with Board of Trustees elected by an Electoral College.
The Electoral College consists of all those members who have been Conference Chairs, who are on the EECERJ Editorial Board, who have been Editors of Special Editions of the EECERJ, who are Convenors of active EECERA SIGs, who are active Country Coordinators and all current and former Trustees.
Executive decisions are taken by majority vote of the Board of Trustees. The Trustees are supported by two current Emeritus Trustees who do not vote and two part-time administrators.
Board of Trustees
The current eight EECERA Trustees are:
President: Prof. Christine Pascal, OBE, Centre for Research in Early Childhood, UK
Vice President: Maelis Karlson Lohmander, Unit for Individual, Culture and Society, Göteborg University, Sweden
Coordinating Editor: Prof. Tony Bertram, Director, Amber Publications and Training, Centre for Research in Early Childhood, UK
Dr John Bennett, Independent Consultant, Paris, France
Prof. Júlia Formosinho, University of Minho, Portugal
Elly Singer, University Utrecht, The Netherlands
Michel Vandenbroeck, Ghent University, Belgium
Dr Margy Whalley, MBE, Director of Research, Development and Training at Pen Green Research Base, UK
The formally approved Constitution of the Association governs its operation.
A recent addendum to the Constitution reads:
'Composition of the Board of Trustees
(i) To ensure the Board reflects its European heritage, all trustees shall be European by birth or located in Europe in their place of work during their period in office.
(ii) Further, to ensure balance in the composition of the Board, there shall be no more than three Trustees working or residing in any one country, at the same time, during their period of service on the Board of Trustees.
A similar rule applies to papers in any one edition of the Journal (no more than three papers from any single country) but it does not apply to the composition of the Editorial Board which is much larger grouping.
EECERA employs two part-time administrators:
- to administer the Association supporting the Board in its operations and meetings, supporting the Annual Conference Chair, managing finances and accounts of the Association and making sure payments and expenses are scrutinised and that all finances are independently audited and that proper accounts are kept and presented annually to the Trustees. All meetings of the Board are minuted.
- to administer the Journal ensuring there is fluent liaison and supportive connection with the publisher, the Special Issue Coordinator, the President and the Coordinating Editor, distributing papers for review under the auspices of the Coordinating Editor, tracking papers and reviewers’ responses, obtaining translations and getting each of the quarterly issues into 'print ready copy' on time consistently.