Governance: Get Involved

Take an active part in influencing the work of your Society.

Council and Forum

This is your chance to directly influence and shape the work of NSEAD and to make a difference to Art & Design education across the UK. Being elected to Council or Forum, and the experience that you will gain is excellent professional development. You will work alongside some of the leading experts and most passionate advocates for Art & Design education in the UK – and indeed internationally. Lifelong friendships and professional networks are built through Council and Forum.

Council is responsible for the governance of the Society. As a Council member you will be overseeing our strategic thinking as a subject association, a trade union and a learned society, guided by our Strategic Plan 2020-24, our Communications Strategy and our Policy Watch document. You will oversee the finances of the Society, supported by the Honorary Treasurer and have opportunity to be elected to our Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Forum is responsible for advising and supporting specific aspects of the work of the Society to fulfil the objectives of our Strategic Plan. Depending on your expertise or interests, you may be advising on or contributing to any of the following: advocacy and communications, initial teacher education, professional development, curriculum development, assessment and progression, partnership work, publications and content development and commissioning. You may initiate or join a time-limited Specialist Interest Group.

Meetings for both Council and Forum take place three times a year. Two of those meetings will be virtual. We use online conferencing for most of our NSEAD meetings. It is cost effective, but more importantly is a good use of your time, cutting out travel. It means that more people are able to be part of Council and Forum. Once a year Council and Forum come together for an ‘away day’ to explore the big issues and attend our AGM. This is held in a convenient location and is a great opportunity to meet your Council and Forum colleagues in person.

Anyone who is an individual member – Full Trade Union, Associate or Honorary – can be nominated for Council and Forum, with elections in September each year. We are looking for a breadth of experience, from across the full range of Art & Design Education and across the UK. You don’t have to be a teacher, and you don’t need years of experience. Just a strong commitment to our subject and the desire to work with others, to make a difference and advance art, craft and design in education.

Diversity is an important value for NSEAD. We are passionate about promoting equity at work and are committed to it for all our volunteers and staff. We are particularly interested in applications from candidates who are underrepresented in art, craft and design education and in the creative industries.


Special Interest Groups

Council are also responsible for setting up Special interest groups (SIGs) who focus on particular areas of work. They come together for a set period of time with a specific remit to research, prioritise and advise NSEAD Council. We currently have SIGs looking at issues in Initial Teacher Education, Better practice in Art, Craft and Design, Examinations, Health and Wellbeing and a new group for Advancing Anti-Ableist Pedagogy. 

NSEAD members are invited to contribute to a SIG, if you have expertise that you would like to share, please contact the SIG chair. Or find out more by emailing

Design in Art & Design – find out more

Gender and Inclusion – find out more 

Initial Teacher Education – Chair: Rachel Payne – find out more

Cultural Capital – find out more

Examinations – Chair:  Liz Macfarlane and John Childs - find out more

Best Practice – Chair: Andy Ash – find out more

Well Being – Chair:  Marlene Wylie – find out more


Anti-Racist Art Education Action Group (ARAEA)

Following the killing of George Floyd in June 2020, we have had a wake-up call. As a learned society we have a duty to educate ourselves, keep learning and be part of real change. We are aware that we need to do more, to challenge racism and recognise what it looks like in art, craft, and design education.

Anti-Racist Art Education Action (ARAEA) Group was set up in July 2020 to ensure that NSEAD is an actively anti-racist organisation, driven by anti-racist educators – The ARAEA Group aim to audit, identify and help implement what actions are needed to achieve this.

A working group of ARAEA members are currently leading on the production of a suite of checklists to support members and partner organisations to be actively anti-racist. NSEAD will be publishing this work in the Spring of 2020.


Jo Barber

Paul Brennan

Emily Gopaul

Dr Peter Gregory

DIanne Minnicucci

Clare Stanhope

Marlene Wylie

Lucy Williams

Michele Gregson

Sophie Leach

Dr Tyler Denmead

Rebecca Goozee


NSEAD Constitution and Rules

NSEAD vision and mission is guided by our Constitution and Rules. 

The NSEAD's Constitution and Rules can be seen here.

The Terms of Reference for NSEAD Governance can be seen here.

The NSEAD Social Media Policy for staff and volunteers can be seen here.


As NSEAD receives membership and other funds and therefore it has a duty to fulfil the highest standards of corporate governance. This applies to all staff and requires individuals to declare any outside interests that could conflict with, have the potential to conflict, or could be perceived to conflict with the interests of NSEAD.



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