Giving a voice to the Kent bird club
The club is run by a committee of members elected to take on different roles. These club officers and lay committee members are elected each year at the club AGM (annual general meeting). Core functions of President, Chair, club Secretary, Treasurer, Show Secretary, Publicity Officer, Chief Show Steward, Vice-Chair, Show Manager and Patronage Secretary are explained below.
Current officers and lay committee members were elected at the club's AGM on Monday 10 January 2022.
|Position||Holder||Description of role|
|President||Bryan Rush||To ensure that the Society functions effectively and according to its rules.|
|Chair||Steve Allwright||To agree the agenda, to preside at club meetings, and to ensure that business is properly conducted.|
|Secretary||Darren Smith||To convene all Society meetings, to keep a written record of the minutes and correspondence, and to work closely with the President, Chair and Treasurer in providing leadership to the Society.|
|Treasurer||split between the Secretary, Chair and Show Secretary||To conduct the financial business of the club and to provide a financial report for the AGM.|
|Show Secretary||Richard Hammond||To organise the applications, book the judges, obtain the relevant licence and liaise with exhibitors on matters of classification.|
|Publicity Officer||Clara Mayer||To act as the principal contact for the Society's website queries and for ensuring members, potential members and the media know about the Society's activities.|
|Vice-Chair||Vacant||To provide cover in the absence of the Chair.|
|Assistant Secretary||Vacant||To provide support to, and cover in the absence of, the Secretary.|
|Show Manager||Richard Hammond||To take full charge on behalf of the Society at all shows.|
|Biosecurity Officer||Richard Hammond||To ensure birds brought into the show hall adhere to biosecurity recommendations/ requirements. The functions of this role will usually be incorporated into those of the Show Manager.|
|Chief Show Steward||Kevin Wickins||To manage stewards in ensuring that both the birds and the environment are continuously monitored during the annual show, as well as providing assistance to the judges as required.|
|Auditor||Nesta Caiger||To provide an assurance that all club funds are correctly accounted for through independent oversight of the financial statement provided by the Treasurer/ Committee.|
|In alphabetical order|
|A proposal was agreed at the 2022 AGM that the committee should be comprised of elected officers only:
Steve Allwright, Nesta Caiger, Richard Hammond, Clara Mayer, Bryan Rush and Darren Smith.