Please note: Nominations have now closed.

Available Secretariat Seats

Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District Seat


Environmental Seat


What is the Kildare PPN Secretariat?

The Kildare PPN Secretariat is the administrative body that oversee the operations of the PPN.

The purpose of the Secretariat is:

  • To ensure the aims and objectives of the Kildare Public Participation Network are met.
  • To ensure that member groups are informed of developments relevant to their groups.
  • To represent member group’s interests.
  • To ensure the proper functioning of the PPN between Plenary meetings.
  • To facilitate the implementation of the decisions of the Plenary.
  • To support the Coordinator to achieve the PPN’s objectives through the implementation of the Annual Work Plan.
  • To develop Kildare Public Participation Network into an effective collective voice for community groups in Kildare.
  • To engage with and support the PPN Representatives.
  • To operate as defined under Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.
  • The Secretariat may establish working-groups, sub-committees or task-groups if necessary.

What is the commitment for the position?

  • One Secretariat Meeting each month (travel expenses will be reimbursed for any travel to Secretariat meetings). Meetings are currently held at 7:00pm on the third Monday of each month in Áras Chill Dara, Naas.
  • Two Plenary meetings per year
  • Attend and represent Kildare PPN at events
  • Terms are for a maximum of 5 years


What skills are needed for the position?

  • Good communication skills
  • Experience of working with local communities.
  • Team player
  • Experience of working on Boards (optional)

2024 Secretariat Meeting Dates 

  • 18th of March
  • 15th of April
  • 20th of May
  • 17th of June
  • 15th of July
  • 16th of September
  • 21st of October
  • 18th of November
  • 9th of December

Please note the above dates may be subject to change. 

How to Apply?

Please fill out the nomination form below

Nominations Guidelines


  • Nominating groups must be registered with Kildare Public Participation Network for at least 6 months.
  • Groups must have full membership and be a member of the respective seat e.g. nominations for an Environmental seat must be a PPN member group from the Environmental Pillar.
  • Nominations can only be made with the candidate’s knowledge and approval.
  • Each Group can nominate one candidate only per seat. If groups nominate more than one candidate, the first nomination received will be accepted.
  • If we receive more nominations than seats available, elections will take place through online voting.
  • Nominees must have no political affiliations.
  • Candidates are requested to submit a short profile (written in the first person) to accompany their nomination form (no more than 150 words, showing relevant experience). This profile will be made public for the purpose of elections. We also request a photo for the ballot paper (this is optional).

Closing date for nominations is 5:00pm Friday the 15th of March