Nominations for the IAFL Executive Committee

The IAFL General Business Meeting (GBM) will be held during the IAFL 14th Biennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 1.30-2.30pm.

The IAFL  governing body is an Executive Committee consisting of seven members: the President, the Vice President, Secretary, Publicity Officer, Treasurer, and two Ordinary Members. Each officer serves for 2 years while Ordinary Members serve for 4 years.

Current members of the Executive Committee are:

  • President – Prof. Georgina Heydon (retiring, to become Immediate Past President)
  • Vice President – Prof. Janet Ainsworth (becomes President)
  • Secretary – Dr Isabel Picornell (retiring)
  • Publicity Officer – Dr Tammy Gales (retiring)
  • Treasurer – Dr Krzysztof Kredens (retiring)
  • Ordinary Members: Dr Jennifer Glougie (retiring), Dr Janny Leung (continuing)

The purpose of this notice is to invite nominations for the posts of: Vice-President, Secretary, Publicity Officer, Treasurer, and one Ordinary Member.

The IAFL Executive Committee is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2019-2021 Executive Committee:

  • Vice-President -Dr Isabel Picornell (QED Limited, Channel Islands)
  • Secretary – Dr Tammy Gales (Hofstra University, USA)
  • Publicity Officer – Dr Rui Sousa-Silva (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
  • Treasurer – Dr Ria Perkins (CFL, Aston University, UK)
  • Ordinary Member – Prof. Marilu Madrunio (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines)

The above candidates have been vetted and found to be eligible and willing to undertake the duties of their nominated positions.

In accordance with the Constitution, additional applications for any of the above executive positions are being accepted.

Please note:

  1. All nominations will be given equal consideration by the membership at the GBM.
  2. There is no pro-forma. Nominations should simply state clearly who is nominated. Self-nomination is permissible. The Constitution makes no stipulation as to seconding nominations.
  3. Nominations must be accompanied by a simple, brief, and factual CV and a statement outlining the nominee’s suitability for the post, to be read out at the GBM.
  4. Nominees need not be present at the GBM. If nominees are absent, their statement may be read out on their behalf.
  5. Nominees must be members in good standing of IAFL i.e. individual members of the IAFL.

Nominations may be emailed to the IAFL Secretary isabel(at)qedforensics(dot)com by 1st July 2019 or may be presented from the floor of the General Business Meeting on 3rd July 2019.


IAFL Secretary

  1. Association Matters
  • Ensure meetings are effectively organised and minuted.
  • Maintain effective records and administration.
  • Organise and manage the General Business Meeting (GBM) at Biennial conferences.
  1. Data Protection
  • Uphold legal Data Protection requirements. The IAFL Secretary will be the Data Processor for purposes of Data Protection regulation.
  1. Membership & Members
  • Maintain membership records in accordance with Data Protection regulations and manage all membership payment issues in conjunction with the Treasurer.
  • Liaise with publishers of the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law and organise members’ access to the Journal.
  • Maintain the IAFL website in conjunction with the Publicity Officer and website technical manager.

IAFL Publicity Officer

  1. IAFL website postings
  • Post conference announcements, news, and related events
  1. Social media postings
  • Manage and post regular news, events, etc. on Twitter and LinkedIn. Adding Facebook, Instagram, other social media sites per discussion with the EC.
  1. FL-list postings
  • Post announcements, news, events to the FL-Listserve 
  1. Newsletter coordination
  • Duties pending discussion
  1. Linguistics/Language and Law Conference PR
  • When feasible, represent IAFL at related linguistics and/or language and law conferences

IAFL Treasurer

For banking purposes, the IAFL Treasurer must be resident in the United Kingdom.

  1. Maintain the Association accounts. Ensure that important financial records are maintained in the proper locations and for the appropriate length of time.
  2. Report to the Executive Committee annually on the state of the IAFL’s accounts, and to the membership at the GBM during the Biennial Conference.
  3. Ensure that the Association works with a certified public accountant and conducts an audit of accounts.

Ordinary Member

  1. To attend regular (Skype) meetings as organised by the President.
  2. To actively contribute to the IAFL’s affairs and take on specific responsibilities to forward the aims and objectives of the Association.
  3. To contribute to and respond in a timely manner to IAFL communications on a range of issues.
  4. To act as an Ambassador for the IAFL by promoting membership, forensic linguistics, and the aims and objectives of the Association.

All Executive Committee Members are obliged to:

  • Put the interests of the organisation at the foremost in their deliberations as EC members
  • Use reasonable care, skill, and diligence in the performance of their duties
  • Be honest, act in good faith and do not use their role or information obtained as an EC member dishonestly
  • Be aware of their responsibilities under the relevant legislation and case law
  • Disclose any potential conflict of interest by acknowledging likely conflicts and withdrawing from any related discussion or decisions
  • Refraining from gaining personally from being an EC member
  • Refraining from divulging any confidential information outside of the appropriate forum.

EC Members should carry out the following duties:


  • Understand how the Association works.
  • Keep up to date by reading the minutes, reports and any other necessary meeting papers.
  • Regularly attend EC meetings.
  • Be familiar with the Association’s constitution, including the specific roles and responsibilities of the EC outlined within it.
  • Approve relevant documents, including documents related to the Association’s finances.
  • Ensure the Association’s compliance with funding agreements, policies, legislation and regulations.
  • Manage the organisation’s risk (i.e. minimise the impact of potential barriers preventing the organisation from achieving its objectives efficiently and effectively).
  • Be active in planning for the future direction of the Association.
  • Take responsibility for particular areas of work, perhaps through involvement in sub-committees.
  • Ensure that new committee members are aware of their statutory obligations and responsibilities to the Association.
  • Try to be as active as possible in EC decision making.

Public representation

  • Be supportive of the Association in the eyes of the public.
  • Regularly attend the Association’s events and represent the Association at outside functions.