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Halita Obineche, Director of Membership

The Magistrates' Association

Halita has overall responsibility for the MA’s membership, events, income generation, community activity and internal communications. Under her direction, the MA has seen a 50% increase in annual recruitment rates.

She has created tailored programmes of support for the 54 MA branches across England and Wales, including step by step toolkits (on topics ranging from events, to press guidance, to fundraising) and access to  a CRM; overhauled all membership communications, including the website, newsletters and MAGISTRATE magazine; diversified the MA’s income streams; and relaunched the MA’s Magistrates in the Community initiative, through which magistrates deliver presentations on the justice system in schools and to community groups  – in the last year, MA members delivered presentations to over 80,000 people.

Halita is currently leading on the development of the first ever Special Interest Groups for the magistracy, including groups for young, disabled, BAME, and LGBT+ magistrates

Prior to her current role, she has led on membership and internal communications for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the national Green Party of England and Wales.

Halita has a degree in Public International Law and a Masters in Anthropology and Cultural Politics.

March 2021

4.6 – Creating a 21st Century Membership Offering that Celebrates Tradition and Embraces Representation

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

This session is led by Halita Obineche, Director of Membership at the Magistrates Association. She will describe the MA’s efforts to engage younger and more diverse communities with the magistracy, and how working towards a magistracy that reflects the communities it serves is a key driver in member recruitment and retention. The session has the following learning outcomes: How ensuring representation and succession in the sector is a key membership activity; How 100 years of tradition and heritage can feed…

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Halita Obineche, Director of Membership

The Magistrates' Association
Session Track: Member Advocacy and Comms
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