The BCS is looking for members who want to contribute to the development of BCS and its goal to make IT the profession of the 21st century.
For those interested in helping achieve this aim, the society is inviting members to put themselves forward at the next elections to BSC council.
The council has a significant advisory role to play in the long term strategy of the society - it provides advice to the Trustee Board, the society's governing body, on the direction and operation of the society and, in particular, on long-term strategy and on the annual budget of the society.
Most importantly, it controls the membership of the Trustee Board, directly electing five council members to the board and electing the honorary officers who also sit on the board. Council meets three times a year, usually in January, May and September.
Twelve of the places on council are reserved for direct election by the professional membership (all MBCS and FBCS) and the society is seeking nominations for four of those seats. The term of office on the council is for three years, and candidates will require the support of four professional members.
The president, Rachel Burnett, and the deputy president, Alan Pollard, strongly encourage members, who wish to take part in the running of the society, to consider standing for council.
"The importance of council's contribution cannot be overestimated, and it is vital to the future of the organisation that it continues to have a strong, vibrant, representative council to ensure that members are closely involved in the running of the society."
"It is vitally important that we continue to have committed council members who can provide advice and suggestions to Trustee Board in progressing the society's strategy, promoting discussion within council and communicating with our members. To participate, you should have the skills to be able to do this, and you should already know, or be willing to learn, about the details of the Society's complex volunteer organisation and structure" said Rachel when asked about the importance of council members.
For further details and nomination forms, please visit the BCS site. The closing date for receipt of all nominations is 4 July 2008.