How to volunteer for the BIG Executive Committee
The Executive Committee comprises of the following positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and two General Officers (without portfolio). All positions are open to nomination each year. To apply for a position, members are required to complete a nomination form.
Meetings take place every 2-3 months throughout the year at a location that best suits the current committee members, e.g. London or Manchester. All travel expenses are covered (see our Exec and Volunteer Expenses Policy) and attendance at every meeting is not compulsory, although we would encourage you to Skype in if possible.
Nominations for committee candidates are opened annually during the month of June. In July, online voting opens up to the BIG membership with the results and appointment to each position being announced at the AGM. You do not have to be present at the AGM to take up a position on the Executive Committee.
N.B. You need to declare if you have a criminal record for our insurance purposes.
"I originally ran for the Exec Committee because I thought it would be a really great networking opportunity, and it was. But it was more than that. Not only did I get to see how a small, yet professional organisation ran from the inside, but I also got a lot of experience I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I was pretty new to science communication but was working at an experienced science centre. Being on BIG’s Executive Committee allowed me to spread my wings and stand on my own two feet – faster than I would have been able to otherwise.
Secretary was a great position, too. Taking the minutes means you are responsible for keeping the actions of meetings clear and concise. Meetings only happen a few times a year, so it’s never too much work at any time. It was a great experience for me and I really can’t recommend it enough."
- Ashley Kent, Secretary 2011-2014
The BIG Exec roles
The roles for each position are briefly described below, but you can take on extra tasks if you wish.