Chair of Meetings Committee

We are currently seeking a leader within the ecological community to become Chair of the BES Meetings Committee. After several successful years in the role chairing the BES Meetings Committee, Professor Zoe Davies will be stepping down at the end of her term of office and we are seeking a replacement for her. Meetings are a key activity for the Society delivering a number of strategic objectives. This is a pivotal and high profile voluntary role which has a significant impact on the ecological community.

The remit of the Meetings Committee is to oversee the development and delivery of the Society’s meetings portfolio, and oversee the development and operation of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The Committee decides on venues and plenary speakers for the Annual Meeting, registration fees, polices relating to BES meetings, and has oversight over the conference programme.  The Chair, working with a subgroup of the Committee, decides on thematic topics and workshop proposals from those submitted through an open call.  Meetings Committee is also responsible for selecting symposia proposals submitted through an open call and oversees their budgets. The Committee decides on proposals to establish new SIGs and disband ones which are no longer meeting the needs of the ecological community along with reviewing the annual plans and budgets for existing SIGs.

The Chair ensures the Meetings Committee operates effectively and works closely with the relevant parts of the Executive Team to achieve agreed objectives. They also lead on the development of the Annual Meeting programme and may act as an ambassador and the public face of the BES.

The Chair is a member of the BES Board of Trustees, the governing body for the Society which sets and maintains the vision of the BES and develops long-term strategy. The Board also creates and monitors policies to govern Society, ensures compliance with the governing document and accountability, and makes sure resources are used effectively. The Board works closely with the Chief Executive and comprises officers of the Society, Committee Chairs and three Ordinary Members.

In December 2018 we are seeking an ecologist to become the Chair of the Meetings Committee for an initial term of 3 years.

For a full description of the roles of a Committee Chair and BES Board of Trustee member please see the document at the bottom of the page.

Application for the role is by a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4, stating how you meet the requirements of the role and a CV. The deadline receipt of applications is 10:00 BST on 18 October 2018 and it should be emailed to the BES Chief Executive, Dr Hazel Norman.

There are three Meetings Committee meetings a year, usually February, May and October. The Committee Chair also leads on the development of the programme for the Annual Meeting which involves a 2 day meeting in September and a number of further days via email. The Chair takes part in occasional site visits to Annual Meeting venues. There are four Board of Trustee meetings a year, one of which takes place during the Annual Meeting in December.

The role is not remunerated but the BES covers the travel expenses of trustees attending Board and Committee meetings and also the registration and accommodation costs of attendance at the Annual Meeting and BES Symposia. New trustees have an induction session and there are opportunities to take part in trustee training.

The term of office is three years.

Trustees are elected by the membership through an electronic ballot and the results of the election are announced at the AGM which is held during the December Annual Meeting.

If you have any queries about the role please get in touch with Hazel Norman, BES Chief Executive