Committees of the Society
These are listed below and have been set up either to run the affairs of the Society in a fit and proper way (i.e. under our Charter, UK Legislation and Charities Commission rules etc). Some of the work of Committees overlap – History and the Library Committees for instance with respect to collection of items of historic importance.
These consist of Council and the Finance and General Purposes Committee, serving an executive function in the Society.
These Committees are open to all members of the Society and with exception (granted by Council) named non-members whose contribution is considered essential. The President has the right of attending any and all of these Committees as he sees fit.
Cyril Horsford and Mark Hempsell.
They are “responsible for undertaking a continuing review of the Society’s Constitution and legal processes to keep abreast of current law and practice and submitting its findings and recommendations to Council.” Meetings are held on an as-and-when basis.
Andrew Chatwin is the current chair and members are John Becklake, Doug Millard, Mali Perera, Rod Woodcock , Alsia Warne-Lee, Martin Postranecky, (corresponding Members John Harlow, Oleg Sokolov, Mark Perman, Alan Marlow, Dave Shayler).
It’s role is “to be responsible for academic issues relating to the history of astronautics. This shall include the encouragement and facilitation of general academic work, the initiation of specific projects and supporting the Events Committee in the running of specialist symposia.”
This is the most active Committee in our Society and current initiatives include:
- Organizing future History Events
- Preparation of papers for future IAC (IAA) History Sessions
Martin Postranecky is the current Chair of Library Committee which includes John Becklake, Mel Hacker, Colin Philp, Dave Shayler, Alistair Scott and John Silvester as members, with Mary Todd providing administration support.
The Library Committee provides assistance in approving Library additions, framing suitable operating rules and manning and running the Library on open days. Its work also includes the collect and preservation of books, reports, artefacts and other materials suitable for display purposes. The Group is also committed to the promotion and use of the Library and its facilities to the wider membership.
This is a most important Committee, working closely with the History and Media Committees, as its remit includes the efficient management of a unique and precious asset, our library.
The Events Committee is responsible for planning and organizing all the Society’s events including evening lectures, specialist symposia, conferences and technical forums and workshops at the BIS Headquarters in London and other events elsewhere in the UK. The Committee should, where possible, support all events organised by the BIS and its regional branches and, if the BIS Council deem it feasible, can appoint a project organiser and an organising committee for special events.
The aim of all BIS events is to entertain, inform, educate and/or promote the BIS and its mission.
|Nick Spall||Corresponding Member|
|Vix Southgate||Corresponding Member|
|Chris Welch||Corresponding Member|
|Matthew Russell||Corresponding Member|
|Stuart Eves||Corresponding Member|
|Events at UKSEDS||Corresponding Member|
David Baker (Spaceflight) is chair of this Group. Membership includes Roger Longstaff (JBIS), John Becklake (Space Chronicle), Alistair Scott and Keith Wright. (Corresponding Terry Henley (Odyssey Newsletter).
It is “Responsible for production of the monthly issues of Spaceflight, JBIS, Space Chronicle (three issues per year and Odyssey together with preparation and publication of periodic special promotional, publicity, website, social media and other material delegated to it by the Council via the Finance and General Purposes Group.”
The Committee is discussing all aspects of the BIS and its operation with regard to its recovery and future success, and considering operations not currently overseen by other action groups. This includes bringing more business focus to the Society, making it more outward-looking and in particular looking at marketing, communications, and the service the BIS delivers to its members. The group also considers vision, strategy, the management of the BIS, and communication within the Society. The group reports to the Council.
Responsible for academic and professional issues relating to astronautics. This includes the encouragement and facilitation of general academic work, the initiation of specific projects and supporting the Event Committee in the running of specialist symposium.
The currently active projects are listed below. Click on the names for details.