VOX is a member-led organisation which means that VOX members decide the organisation’s values and priorities. They do this by attending the two national members meetings per year and by voting for VOX Board members at the September AGM… or maybe even by standing for election to the Board themselves.
The VOX Board meets each month and consists of 12 member directors (VOX members voted onto the Board by other VOX members at the AGM) and 3 non-member Directors (with mental health expertise).
The member directors ‘manage’ VOX business on a month by month basis – they act on members’ views, tell the staff what to do and make sure the organisation works within budget. VOX Directors are elected for six years at a time and they must stand down after six years for at least one year before they can think of joining the Board again. No-one has a ‘right’ to be a VOX director – all 12 member directors are ordinary VOX members with a lived experience of mental illness elected by fellow members. We do our best to be fully democratic!
If you feel passionately about mental health and want to get your teeth into policy issues, please do think of becoming a VOX Director – we’re always looking for talented active people!