This month I stepped in to Chair the May Council meeting and we got right down to business with elections for the Council representative on Trustee Board and for two Council reps on the Nominations Committee.

As Council members we have a duty to represent Council on all the main boards and committees throughout BCS to ensure that Council,and by extension you the members, have a voice and can contribute to the running of the organisation.

The Trustee Board chaired by the BCS President and makes decisions on our business plan, budget and chairs of subordinate boards.

The Nominations Committee has a key role to play to ensure we get the right people at the top of the organisation and to make recommendations for the following roles and accolades: Presidents, Deputy Presidents, Vice Presidents, Chief Executive, Distinguished Fellows and individual the committee believes are deserving of public honours.

Congratulations to Ms Jo Stansfield MBCS who was elected to the Trustee Board, and to Nicola Martin MBCS and Nicky Danino MBCS CITP who were elected to the Nominations Committee. Sitting on these boards are a great opportunity to understand more about the workings of BCS and how we as volunteers can help shape the organisation.

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The May Council meeting was the first for our newly elected members Nicky Danino, Chrisina Jayne, Kurt Roosen, Shufan Yang, Liz Stuart, Tom Chung and Richard Bishop, and it was great to have so many of the new members attend in person.

James Davenport, Yuri Vershinin, Soheir Ghallab and Desmond Alvares were re-elected to Council for a second term of office.

A key theme that has continued to be discussed is the importance of equity, equality and inclusion and this council meeting was no different. Hopefully we will have more to report on how we as council and volunteers can help in this area.

Huge thank you to Elizabeth and Kate who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the Council runs smoothly and supports the Chair, and who helped me enormously!