The Association strives to be representative of the diverse interests and engagement that exists across our membership. We hold a quarterly meeting of 'secretariat' members that represent the Associations interests involving youth and community work practice, workforce development, higher education and research activity. The Secretariat acts as a space for reporting, consulting and agreeing on priorities for Association engagement. We strive to maintain a membership of 12 secretariat members that join with our Directors for quarterly meetings and progress / represent areas of interest throughout the year.

The current list of Secretariat members and their representative function is provided below. We welcome recommendations for additional areas of representation and review membership at each quarterly meeting. Secretariat members are asked to attend a minimum of two meetings a year and provide reports and/or lead discussions on representative areas at least once a year. 

Name Member Category Linked Institution Representing the Association with: Term
Christine Smith Director (Chair) University of Hull English ETS Commitee August 2019
Jane Melvin Director (Vice-Chair) University of Brighton International Relationships August 2020
Sheila Curran Director (Secretary) Open University English ETS Committee August 2019
Sinead Gormally Director (Research) University of Glasgow Research Strategy; and Scottish Institutions August 2020
Jo Lewis Director (Conferences) University of Worcester Conferences and Events August 2021
Tim Howell Director (Regional Groups) University of Derby Chair: Midlands Regional Group; Ethics Working Group August 2021
Dave Beck Professional Educator University of Glasgow Community Development (Scotland) August 2019
Lyn Boyd Professional Educator University of Huddersfield European Educators Network August 2019
Jennider Brooker Professional Educator YMCA George Williams College Northern Ireland August 2019
Steve Drowley Professional Educator Cardiff Metropolitan University Welsh ETS Committee and Welsh Institutions August 2020
Simon Gillings Professional Educator University of Gloucestershire HE Apprenticeships and Erasmus+ August 2020
Ros Chiosso Professional Educator Leeds Becketts University English Standard Board for Community Development August 2020
Ian McGimpsey Affiliate University of Birmingham BERA Special Interest Group Youth Work and Informal Education August 2019
Alan Smith Professional Educator Leeds Becketts University Youth Worker Registration August 2021
Ian Jones Professional Educator Bradford College Ethics Working Group August 2021
Naomi Thompson Professional Educatorr Goldsmiths College, UoL Youth and Policy Online August 2021
Paula Connaughton Professional Educator University of Bolton In Defence of Youth Work August 2021