GPEx Finance Coordinator candidate

As voting opens for the Green Party of England and Wales’ (GPEW) internal elections, the candidate for the position of GPEx Finance Coordinator explains why party members should vote for them.

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Jon Nott

Jon Nott

"If you re-elect me, I commit to continuing to prioritise sustainable growth and investment in party development."

I was initially co-opted as Finance Coordinator in December 2018 and appointed as Party Treasurer by joint decision of the Executive and the Regional Council in January 2019, before being elected for a two-year term in September 2019. I offer myself for re-election at this Annual Ballot.

Finance and fundraising experience

I have 20 years professional experience of finance and fundraising in democratic, member-led campaigning organisations, including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), the Green Party, Woodcraft Folk and Campaign Against Arms Trade. In 2019 I successfully completed the first stage of accrediting this experience with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Governance experience

In addition to supporting boards in a professional capacity, I serve on a number of boards. I currently chair the boards of Co-operative and Community Finance, Peace News Trustees, and the Co-operative College. I hope this dual perspective enables me to be an effective member of the Party Executive in wider discussions as well as putting the Party’s finances in context.

Green Party experience

I first joined the Party in 1989, re-joining in 2000 and becoming active – as a candidate, election agent and campaign manager for successful target to win campaigns in Islington; standing for the GLA in 2004 and for Islington North against Jeremy Corbyn in 2005; serving on GPEx in 2006-7 as Publications Coordinator; acting as the London Elections Coordinator and serial delegate to European Green Party Council; as the Party’s first Chief Exec overseeing the leadership referendum and first leadership election, the 2008 London elections, 2009 Euros and the run up to the election of our first MP in 2010.

Since stepping down as the Party’s Chief Executive in 2010, I served as the Party’s Electoral Returning Officer for several years and as Chair of the Advisory Board to the Green MEPs until the UK’s departure from the European Union paused our representation in the European Parliament.

Incorporation

As Vice-Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the 1990s and as General Secretary of Woodcraft Folk in 2012, I managed the incorporation of two democratic membership organisations and am familiar with the challenges of balancing company law and complex internal democratic requirements.

A sustainable financial strategy for the Green Party

Brexit, the 2019 snap General Election and Covid have provided overlapping challenges during the past two years, but we have stabilised the Party’s finances and made significant investment in the infrastructure that supports the local voluntary efforts which are the bedrock of the Party’s success.

If you re-elect me, I commit to continuing to prioritise sustainable growth and investment in party development. We know from experience that we will only see continued growth of our Councillor numbers and elect our second (and subsequent) MPs by focused investment in Target to Win. Our purpose is to have a political impact – winning elections is the means to that end. My role as Finance Coordinator is to make sure that all the resources we have are aligned with that goal.

If you have any questions, please contact me at jon.nott@greenparty.org.uk.