Giving something back

I’ve always believed in the power of volunteering. As a 20 something, I started volunteering for local causes and continue to volunteer in one form or another to this day.

In May 2012 I was awarded the ‘New Professionals Award’ by the Information and Records Management Society. At that time I didn’t know what the IRMS was and certainly didn’t know there was a community of information professionals out there. That was my first award for anything I’d ever done in my professional life. To say I was honoured was an understatement. I still have the award up my wall to this day.

As a result of that, I felt that I should give something back. The profession had given me such a reward that I felt that I should, in any way I can, share the benefits of that reward with others in the profession. I, therefore, volunteered for the IRMS Executive Committee and have continued to give back to the profession ever since.

Below is a summary of my various volunteering roles, especially those related to the Information management profession;

  • Chair – Information & Records Management Society (IRMS) (www.irms.org.uk) In May 2016 I was nominated and confirmed as Chair of the IRMS for 2016-17. This includes acting as the strategic and operational lead for the society made up of 1200+ members all-round the UK & Ireland and leading a team of 25 volunteers. Previous roles having included;
    • Treasurer; In May 2014 I was nominated for the role of Treasurer, responsible for overseeing all financial operations strategy which included looking at methods to grow membership development.
    • Membership Director; This includes overseeing membership provisions to students including operating the annual New Professionals Award.
    • Groups & eOfficer; Responsible for supporting the Groups Director in the running of groups events and resources then additionally taking responsibility for the maintenance and support of the IRMS website & electronic tools.
  • Independent Exam Board Member – Act Now Training (www.actnow.org.uk/dpp)Member of an independent exam board for a UK Data Practitioner Certificate offered by Act Now Training Ltd and accredited by the Centre for Information Rights. Duties involved in the role include reviewing exam content, structure and performance of students as well as reporting and monitoring of course delivery and style.
  • Vice-Chair Board of Trustees – Outhouse East (www.outhouseeast.org.uk)
    In this role as Trustee and then Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees I was responsible for supporting the Chair and other members of the Board in ensuring the charity was suitably funded to meet its business plan as well as supporting its modernisation and marketing efforts.
  • Chairman, Civilian Welfare Committee – 2393 (Billericay) Squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC) (www.essex-aircadets.org)
    As Chairman of the Civilian Welfare Committee for 2393 Billericay Squadron, I am responsible for overseeing the management of Squadron Finances (including budget control), Cadet Welfare, Staff Recruitment and Squadron Development. In the past 3 years I have lead on several accomplished projects including the installation of a new 3 PC Flight Simulator Suite & 2 man Firing Range, the replacement Squadron Minibus, a general IT Upgrade (including learning suites and hardware), leading the research and implementation of a countywide Information Handling Policy, leading a local advertising campaign for recruitment of staff and new cadets with local press and radio.
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