Call for Nominations - FAN President 2023-2025

As the term of the current President of the Forum of National Archivists (FAN), Jeff James, is coming to an end, a call for nominations is now open to elect a new President. Applicants have until 30 June 2023, 23:59 (CET) to send their applications to the Secretariat ( 

The FAN President is the primary leader of FAN. In close collaboration with the members of the FAN Steering Committee, the FAN President sets the strategic direction of the Forum and ensures its good governance. The Forum of National Archivists, comprising Category A members of the ICA, aims to provide support to all members of the ICA through the development of high-level strategic responses. These responses aspire to address the contemporary challenges of managing archives and be relevant for all members – and not just those eligible for membership of FAN. FAN is an autonomous body, determining its own agenda and priorities, and working within the ICA and with other ICA bodies. 

The proper performance of the duties of FAN President requires a significant commitment of personal time and draws on the support of the President’s employer institution. The role is voluntary, and no remuneration is offered, nor can be accepted, for the performance of the functions of the office. 

A working level knowledge of either English or French (the official languages of the ICA) is highly desirable. 

The term of office shall run from the ICA Congress Abu Dhabi 2023 and end at the Conference/Congress held two years later. The outgoing President may, if asked by the incoming President, continue to attend meetings of the Steering Committee in an advisory (non-voting) capacity for a period of one year after the end of their term.  

Elections Process and Eligibility 

Eligibility for the position of President is restricted to Heads of member institutions in Category A (in good standing). The President is elected by the membership of FAN for a term of two years and may seek re-election for one consecutive term. 

All Category A members of the ICA in good standing have the right to stand for election to the office of FAN President and to vote for their preferred candidate. Each member has one vote and the candidate who has the most votes wins the election. 

In the event of a tie, the election will be determined by the drawing of lots. 

Applicants are asked to submit the following documents, in both English and French:  

  • a statement of intent (500 words maximum), 
  • a short CV (two pages maximum), 
  • one letter of support from another member of FAN (Category A voting member of the ICA in good standing).  


  1. Applicants have until 30 June 2023, 23:59 CET (Deadline extended), to send their complete application to the Secretariat. Nominations applications are to be sent at the following address: The statement of intent, the short biography, the name of the supporter and the content of their letter will be shared at the opening of the electoral period. Voting will take place electronically. 
  2. Digital balloting will start on the week of 3rd of July.  
  3. The closing date for voting is 30 July 2023, 23:59 (CET). 
  4. The result of the election will be posted by 10 August 2023

There is also a distinct call for nominations for the position of Asia and Oceania member of the FAN Steering Committee. Separate information will be made available to voting members in that region in an additional process.