Elections to the Executive Committee

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Nominations for the positions of Vice Chair (Chair-elect), Conference Programme Chair, and two Elected Members have now closed. One nomination has been provided for each of these positions. This means that the following nominees will be elected unopposed:

  • Vice Chair (Chair-elect): Michael Hand 
  • Conference Programme Chair: Amanda Fulford
  • Two Elected Members: Sharon Hunter and Darren Garside

Due to the fact that the elections are unopposed, there will be no need for a voting process at the 2019 Annual General Meeting. The AGM will formalise the election of these nominees.

The society depends greatly on its members to give up their time to serve in various capacities on the Executive Committee and so we are grateful to members who have agreed to be put forward for election.

David Lewin
January 2019

Statements from Nominees

Vice-chair (Chair Elect)
Nomination: Professor Michael Hand

I have been an active member of the PESGB for 20 years. I currently sit on the Executive Committee and the JOPE Editorial Board in my capacity as editor of the IMPACT pamphlet series. The six pamphlets published under my editorship over the last five years have received extensive coverage and discussion in news media and social media, including in the TES, the THES, the Guardian, the Independent, the Spectator and Schools Week, and on BBC News, ITV News, Radio 4’s PM programme and Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast programme. Prior to my IMPACT role, I was Secretary of the Society for six years and Conference Organiser for four years. Since 2012 I have been secretary of the PESGB Birmingham branch.

I am Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham and Deputy Director of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. I edit the Bloomsbury Philosophy of Education book series and sit on the editorial boards of four peer-reviewed journals. I am governor of a Birmingham primary school and a qualified primary school teacher. I previously worked at the UCL Institute of Education, where I was Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes and Chair of Academic Board.

My research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. I am author of A Theory of Moral Education (Routledge, 2018), Patriotism in Schools (Wiley/PESGB, 2011) andIs Religious Education Possible? (Bloomsbury, 2006), and co-editor of Education, Ethics and Experience: Essays in Honour of Richard Pring (Routledge, 2016) and Philosophy in Schools (Bloomsbury, 2008).

The PESGB has played a huge role in my professional life. I feel tremendously indebted to the Society and it would be an honour to serve as Vice-chair.

Conference Programme Chair
Nomination: Professor Amanda Fulford

Since September 2018, I have been Professor of Philosophy of Education, and Head of the Department of Professional Learning at Edge Hill University (Ormskirk, UK). I have been a member of the Society for 12 years, and at my previous institution (Leeds Trinity University), I started, and was the Secretary of, the West Yorkshire Branch of the Society which ran regular seminars, held a reading group for staff and students, and hosted film screenings followed by discussions.

I am currently serving a term of office as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Society. Through my wider networks as member of the Advisory Committee for the International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE), and as Vice Chair of the Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education Society (PaTHES), I have established contacts nationally and internationally who could contribute to the conference and the Society through keynotes. I have strong connections with teachers and teacher educators in my current role - and with further and vocational education - and would seek to further encourage colleagues from these sectors to be more strongly represented at the conference.

As a regular attendee of the annual conference at New College, Oxford, I have given full papers, and been part of symposium presentations. I have been particularly attracted to return to the conference each year not only by the opportunity to engage in a rigorous debate on ideas, and to generate new thinking about the education in its broadest senses, but also by the sincere commitment to a genuine spirit of collegiality and inclusion that I have experienced, and that I think marks the conference.

I have served as a member of the review panel for submissions to the conference for the past 3 years. This has afforded an excellent opportunity not only to see the breadth of scholarship in the field of philosophy of education, but also to work with colleagues to ensure that the best original research is presented and discussed at the conference.

In seeking to serve the Society in the role of Conference Programme Chair, I am mindful or the Society’s Constitution: ‘to promote for the public benefit the advancement and teaching of philosophy of education’. Through my interest in public and community philosophy, I am interested in exploring how the conference might support this aim, and ways in which the work of the conference might engage with, and benefit, the wider public in Oxford and beyond.

Elected Member of the Executive Committee
Nomination 1: Dr Sharon Hunter (formerly Sharon Jessop)

I am a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. Before that I taught children in schools.

I have attended the PESGB conference over the past 7 years and always found the experience very worthwhile, both as a presenter and as a listener. The in-depth, and often robust discussions have been invaluable to me in stimulating new pursuits, developing my research, and refining work for publication.

My research focuses on philosophical conceptions of child and childhood, particularly in relation to notions of modernity, freedom and transgression. I am very pleased to have an opportunity to contribute something to the Society, having benefitted from the supportive and convivial conference, and encouragement to publish work in JOPE over the last few years.

Elected Member of the Executive Committee
Nomination 2: Dr Darren Garside

I first attended the PESGB Annual Conference in 2008. I had just started lecturing in HE, making a transition from teaching Primary age children in England, and as a PhD student and early-career academic, I greatly benefitted for many years from the Society's financial and intellectual generosity. I have attended every conference (except 2017) and have always valued the yearly opportunity to 'recharge' and be reminded of what I value most about education. Hence, I feel an enormous debt of gratitude to PESGB and am in a position to give something back by serving on the Executive Committee.


Vice Chair (Chair-elect)

The Vice Chair (Chair-elect) serves one year as Vice Chair before assuming the role of Chair. The role of Vice Chair is to shadow the Chair prior to assuming the role. The role of Chair is to oversee the general management of the society’s affairs. The Chair is elected for a three-year term and shall normally be ineligible for immediate re-election. Following the three-year term, the retiring chair takes up the role of Vice Chair for a further two-year term.

Conference Programme Chair

The role of Conference Programme Chair is to oversee the programme for the Annual Conference. This role involves leading the Conference committee in coordinating the Call for Papers, the review of the papers, the programme itself, including inviting and coordinating keynote speakers, and ensuing general programme organisation. The Conference Programme Chair provides reports to the Executive committee and normally attends two Executive committee meetings and 3 Finance and General Purposes committees meetings per year. The Conference Programme Chair is elected for a minimum period of three years and shall be eligible for re-election after each three-year period of office.

Elected member

Elected members represent interests of the wider membership and contribute to a range of discussions and decisions concerning the management of the society’s business. Elected members of the Executive committee normally are required to attend two meetings per year. These meetings normally take place in late March (one day before the annual conference in Oxford) and mid-November (normally in London). Elected members are elected for a term of three years. Retiring members are not be eligible for re-election for two years.

All normal expenses incurred in fulfilling these roles are reimbursed.

Election Process

Elections to the Executive Committee are conducted yearly at the Annual General Meeting. Any member can stand for election (except the Chair and elected members who are not eligible for immediate re-election). Vacancies on the executive committee are notified by the Secretary in advance of the AGM.

To stand for election, members must be proposed (by a member of the society) and seconded (by another member of the society). Proposals for election candidates can be made by email to the Secretary, by email to the society administrator, or in person at the conference office during the Annual Conference. If sufficient nominations are received, elections are conducted at the Annual General Meeting.

The society depends greatly on its members to give up their time to serve on the Executive Committee and we warmly encourage all members to consider putting themselves forward. If you would like to find out more about the Executive Committee or how to become involved, please speak to any of the members of the Executive Committee.