Mostly this question comes from fellow marshals who I haven’t seen in a while or have not met before and I realise that the inquiry refers to my role as Chairman of the BMMC and not my employment during the week.
Yes that seems to surprise some people too – the role of Chair and the other Council and committee members are all voluntary. I can claim expenses to and from Council meetings – train fare for example – and any time I am on official business but otherwise I am a volunteer as you all are!
(For those who don’t know I started a new job in January as Interim Supply Chain Manager for a gluten free product manufacturer – no names but we just launched waffles in the UK!)
In terms of my role as Chair I can honestly say I am amazed how quick this year is flying by. I set out some aims and objectives for my tenure in position and I am pleased to report I have been working closely with Council to achieve these.
I also sit on a number of committees with the MSA which keep me busy. The MSA recognises that their achievements are wholly supported by an army of volunteers.
The MWG works closely with the Training Working Group to ensure training materials are available and up-to-date in all aspects to cover marshals requirements in all disciplines. The MSA will be updating on this further before the end of this year.
I am making our voice heard and you will note the increased recognition being given by the MSA to volunteers with competitions, goodie bags etc. We are also contacted for items for MSA news – so keep your local committee informed of newsworthy items for inclusion
So when I next get asked how it is going my reply is now – you tell me?