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Election – GA President 2025–26 (Closed)

Please note voting closed at midday on Monday 26 February 2024.

Following the call for nominations for the role of GA President 2025–26, an election has taken place.

Nominations have been received for Catherine Owen and Kit Marie Rackley.   

The GA President holds a number of key responsibilities, including setting the theme of the GA Annual Conference, chairing the Conference Planning Board and delivering the Presidential Lecture at Conference. 

The President serves as Vice President (2024–5) in their first year and as an ex-officio member of Education Group. In the second year, as President (2025–6), they will also serve as the Chair of Education Group. Following their presidency, they serve for one further year as Immediate Past President (2026–7) and remain as a member of the GA’s Governing Body. Throughout the period of office, they work with the Chair of Trustees and Chief Executive to help steer the work of the Governing Body and the Association.

By taking part in this election you are ensuring that your voice is heard within the GA and you will be helping us to continue to respond to and meet the needs of the GA’s membership. 

Read the candidate statements

Kit Marie Rackley is the ‘Higher Education Champion’ at the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (Neaco). Neaco targets students in years 9–13 in regions identified by the Government with limited progression rates to higher education.

Kit engages in projects at the University of East Anglia (UEA), including mentoring tutors for the ‘Make It Count’ programme and contributing to ‘Project Change.’

Kit has 13 years of teaching experience and was Director of Geography for 7 years, leading their department to the prestigious ‘Centre of Excellence’ Secondary Geography Quality Mark Award from the Geographical Association (GA). During this tenure, Kit was an Associate Tutor for UEA’s School of Education. They have also authored several educational articles and resources.

In 2017–18 Kit served as an educational outreach affiliate for climate scientists at NOAA in Boulder, Colorado, and as an educator and trainer at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, California.

Upon their return, Kit assumed the role of Education Officer for the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC), managing membership and Special Interest Group activities and developing resources to promote climate and energy education for students and the public. This included overseeing the successful completion of the C3S Climate & Energy Education Demonstrator.

Kit has actively participated in education committees and is a consultant with the GA and the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers.

Additionally, Kit has been an enthusiastic presenter at GA Conferences, sharing their expertise on climate change with fellow educators and enthusiasts.

Catherine Owen has been a geography teacher in 11–18 comprehensive schools in Somerset for 28 years and is currently Head of Geography at The King Alfred School an Academy, a GA Centre of Excellence.

Catherine is a committed member of the GA, chairing the International Special Interest Group (ISIG), leading CPD sessions and writing. As a member of Education Group, she has a good understanding of how the structures of the GA work to support all teachers of geography. 

She firmly believes in collaboration between teachers and their subject association and uses her @GeogMum X (formerly Twitter) account to connect up geography teachers across the world. 

Catherine is a founding member of the Kasubi GA Branch in Kampala, working with teachers in around 30 primary and secondary schools to develop their teaching and geography resource bank.

Outside the GA, Catherine is an author of the OUP GCSE 9-1 Geography OCR B and Hodder Progress in Geography textbooks and is also a Chartered Geographer with the RGS (with IBG). 

Catherine would like to further develop her role in the GA by taking on the Presidential post, ensuring that the Association is closely connected to teachers in schools operating in different contexts. 

She is particularly keen to challenge geographers to think about what they are teaching/learning, the roots of this knowledge and how it represents different communities, encouraging continuous improvement to geography curricula.

Voting process

All full personal, life, joint, concessionary and group members are eligible to vote. 

Please note voting closed on 26 February 2024.  

The result of this election will be communicated to GA members at the 2024 Annual Conference in April, in the summer 2024 issue of GA Magazine and via the GA website.

Voting form for GA President 2025-26