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How to become a Committee member

The Society has a wide range of Committees.  Some Committees are made up of the Officers or members of the Executive and operate as efficient modes of discharging key duties (for example, organising the annual conference). However, others are comprised wholly or partly of members who are appointed to committees following an open nomination process. Committee vacancies are advertised through the Society’s email newsletter. Any member who seeks to become a committee member but is unsure of the process or the role, is encouraged to contact any member of the Executive who can provide more information and support with the process if necessary.

What do committee members do?

This varies across the committees. Some committees have very specific task-based remits (for example, they determine applications to our grants and funding competitions, or support the President in organising the annual conference). Other committees are thematic and generate their own working programmes, usually in cooperation with the Executive. These thematic committees include the EDI Committee and Legal Education Committee.

What is the time commitment of being a committee member?

Ordinarily, the workload for non-officers is not more than a half a day a month on average, although some committees have times of work intensity (e.g. around the time that applications for funding are received).

How are committee members supported?

Committees receive administrative support from the Society’s secretary, Rosa Bladon. In addition, where in-person meetings are required, committee members’ travel expenses are reimbursed. In many cases, committees carry out their business by email or web or telephone conference and in-person attendance is not always required.