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.

Executive Committee

These consist of Council and the Finance and General Purposes Committee, serving an executive function in the Society.

Non-Executive Committees

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.

Constitution Committee

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.

History Committee

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

Library Committee

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.

Events Committee

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.

Alistair Scott Chair
Mary Todd Secretary
Matt Irvine Member
Jerry Stone Member
Colin Philp Member
Rodney Buckland Member
Robin Brand Member
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

Media Committee

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.”

Marketing Committee

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.

Technical Committee

Committee terms of reference – responsible for technical issues relating to astronautics. Includes: 1. Encouragement and facilitation of general academic work  2. The evaluation, initiation, monitoring and bringing to a close, specific technical projects and  3. Supporting the Events Committee in the running of specialist symposia.            

Specific Projects

The currently active projects are listed below. Click on the names for details.

Project Icarus

Project Tsiolkovski

The SPACE Project

BIS Nanosat Launch Vehicle

Project Q-cube

Project TOKNEP

BIS Technical Committee Members

  NAME ROLE Project Leader
Robin Brand Chair Project NLV
Richard Osborne Member  
Mark Hempsell Member Project Q-Cube
Gerry Webb Member  
  Dr Stuart Eves Corresponding Member  
  Jerry Stone Corresponding Member The SPACE Project
  Nick Yeomans Corresponding Member Project Tsiolkovski
  Rob Swinney Corresponding Member Project Icarus
  David Homfray Corresponding Member Project TOKNEP
  Andrew Ratcliffe Corresponding Member  
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