[ASC-list] The changing role of the ASC President

Jenni Metcalfe jenni at econnect.com.au
Sun Oct 28 07:52:45 UTC 2012

Congrats Jesse and David... this was something  I longed for when I was
President, and you have made it a reality!

This is excellent news and I hope to see many of you in my home town of
Brisbane at the AGM and at least a few high profile nominations for


Jenni Metcalfe

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From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
[mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of David Ellyard
Sent: Sunday, 28 October 2012 7:43 AM
To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
Subject: [ASC-list] The changing role of the ASC President






Up till now the ASC has been a typical volunteer organisation, reliant
on  the unpaid and spare-time efforts of our  members and officers,
though modest honoraria have been paid to some of the latter. This
approach has allowed us to make a significant impact, but with  the
rising profile of science communication, as represented  inter alia by
the Inspiring Australia initiative, your National Council believes it is
time to move on and adopt a more professional style  of management and


We have already appointed Kali Madden as our paid, though still part
time, Executive Officer. In that capacity she is responsible for the
efficient running of our internal operations, such as membership
management.  The next proposed step is the appointment in the next few
months of a General Manager to undertake similar efficient management
with regards to our external relations, including our significant
involvement with Inspiring Australia, linkages with like-minded
organisations, the staging of National Conferences and so on. We believe
that such an appointment will further raise our profile, enhance our
impact on science communication in Australia and increase our


The changing role of the ASC President 


The new appointment will have a significant impact of the role of the
ASC  President, much as the work of the Executive Officer eases the
burden on the Treasurer. It is intended that the General Manager will
take over many of the roles currently filled by the President. The
latter would become more like the Chairman of the Board, providing
leadership and oversighting the development of policy, with  the
implementation of policy and the development of new programs resting
with the General Manager. As a result the position of President will be
much less time-consuming than it has been, and should be more attractive
to a wider range of members, including some in senior positions in the
sci-com community.


Under  our constitution, the President is supported by one or two
Vice-Presidents, who can be assigned specific roles. These officers are
appointed by the National  Council from among its number, or (as now)
co-opted from the wider membership. This provides a further opportunity
to ease the workload on the President.


The President is elected at our Annual General Meeting, which this year
will be Brisbane on 27 November. If you have an interest in taking up
the Presidency (or any other role) and would like to discuss the matter
further, contact our current (and soon to retire) President Jesse Shore
(jesse at prismaticsciences.com) or our Treasurer David Ellyard 

(david at davidellyard.com)  

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