The Chair of LARIA since 2012, Neil Wholey, is standing down at the May 2018 Annual Conference. All LARIA Full Members can stand for election to the LARIA Council, including the position of Chair.

With the AGM coming up all LARIA members should consider how they, and their organisation, are represented. There are a number of other positions up for election at our next Annual General Meeting in May, including a new deputy positions. If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone from your organisation, please email by 5pm on Friday 11th May 2018.  Contact us now if you would like to know about any of the positions up for election.

You can also find out more about getting involved by attending our next LARIA Away Day. This will be held on the 11th April 2018 in London and is open to all LARIA members. It will be an opportunity to meet and talk with members of the LARIA Council and other volunteers about how you would like it to develop in the future. It will be a great opportunity to find out how you could get involved. The agenda is being set but is likely to include discussion of the following:

  • How can LARIA contribute and help our members develop their use of data science and business intelligence?
  • Should LARIA work closer with academics and others to promote professional development?
  • How can LARIA build on our existing good links with Public Health and Social Care?
  • How can we encourage LARIA members to publish more of their research and share best practice?
  • The opportunities for volunteering within LARIA, including what commitment and opportunities elected positions involve.

If you would like to attend, have ideas on the agenda or would like to share you views on these issues in advance please email

Every LARIA member has a contribution to make, whether they work in the public, private or voluntary sector, and in a research, analysis, data, intelligence, performance or policy role. LARIA Membership, or being actively involved in the work it does, is not dependent on being in a senior role in an organisation, and we welcome those at any organisation level or experience. Representing your organisation and yourself through being an active LARIA member is an excellent professional development opportunity, and a great way to help other LARIA members in the work we do.

The time commitment we’ve agreed for elected positions is for three council meetings per year, one away day and the council and AGM meetings at conference. We have dial-in facilities for all meetings and some meetings are solely teleconference. The total commitment should be in line with other similar professional development opportunities.

A similar time commitment should be expected for a range of other ways you can be actively involved in the work of LARIA, from helping out in local groups to elections to the LARIA Council. But whatever time you can give, even a few hours, there are opportunities to be involved.

“I’ve had a great time as first a member of the LARIA Council, and then Chair since 2012. But, having recently changed jobs, moving into the evaluation of central government communications, I thought it was a good time to hand on the LARIA baton to someone else. Like all our volunteers I have personally found the quality of the work I’ve been able to deliver my employer, and the career opportunities I’ve had, have been helped by being an active member of LARIA. We have therefore worked hard to identify a range of volunteering opportunities for all LARIA members to be able to undertake at different stages of their career, and reflecting the time they have to give.

I’m really proud of what we have achieved considering our limited resources. During my time as Chair I’ve seen the quality of our events, local activity and communications continually improve. Among other things we have relaunched the LARIA Research Impact Awards, merged with the SSRG and formed our new partnership with CACI. This has all been developed and delivered by a wonderful band of volunteers which is now set to grow even further. There are lots of really exciting ideas on how LARIA can develop and it is a therefore a great time to get involved.” Neil Wholey, Chair of LARIA

So what are you waiting for? This is your opportunity to help us represent your organisation and ensure LARIA continues to provide active support to its members. If you are interested and have any questions please contact