Structure of NADFAS

NADFAS is a national organisation that supports several hundred Decorative and Fine Arts Societies in the UK and abroad. Find out more about what NADFAS does.

Member Societies
Each Member Society is run by a volunteer committee that manages the Society's affairs. In turn, Member Societies all belong to a local Area. Areas are run by teams, headed by an Area Chairman who reports to the Chief Executive of the National Association.

Area Meetings
Twice a year Society representatives meet to discuss views and raise concerns. The Area Chairmen then represent their membership on the Advisory Council. The Area Chairman and his/her team are also responsible for the pastoral care of the Societies within their Area. To find out more about Area activities, visit their websites.

The Advisory Council
The Advisory Council is made up of Area Chairmen, the Chairman of Volunteering, the Chairman of the New Societies Committee, the Head of Training, an Education Representative and Lecturers' Representatives. It is chaired by the National Vice-Chairman and meets three times a year. The Council advises the Chief Executive and the Trustee Board.

The Trustee Board
The Trustee Board is responsible for governing NADFAS and decides on matters of policy, strategy and finance. It is headed by the National Chairman - assisted by the National Vice-Chairman and Honorary Treasurer. The Board consists of up to 12 Trustees elected by the membership and up to three additional Trustees co-opted for their skills. No Trustee may serve for more than two consecutive three-year terms.

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The day-to-day running of the Association is administered by the Chief Executive and a small paid staff, who work closely with volunteers.

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Join a Society

There are over 375 NADFAS Societies across the UK, mainland Europe and New Zealand and our sister organisation, ADFAS in Australia.

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Affiliate Membership

Become an Affiliate Member of NADFAS for just £10 per year and take part in our important conservation and restoration projects. Affiliate Members are also eligible for member offers, national events and much more.

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If you have a commitment to the arts, join thousands of NADFAS Volunteers and make a unique contribution.

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