A quick overview of the management structure of the Australian Photographic Society
The Management Team is a two-tiered system of governance.
The Management Committee (MC) comprises 7 individuals with voting rights. All members of this MC team are encouraged to participate in full discussion in the general meetings.
The MC comprises of an Executive Committee - President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. The other 2 positions are General Members.
The Society has 5 Specialist Groups - Audio Visual, Contemporary, Digital, Nature and Print. Each Group has a member of MC allocated as a Liaison Officer whose role it is to liaise between the Group and MC.
Position of President
The primary duty of the President of the Australian Photographic Society is to ensure the successful functioning of the organisation and the attainment of its objectives. This position cannot be held for more than two consecutive terms (each term consisting of two years).
Primarily the President will need to:
- uphold the The Rules of Association of the Society.
- act as Chair at all general meetings and the AGM.
- ensure meetings are properly convened.
- strive to continually improve the organisation's policies, activities and administration.
- support and assist all office bearers.
- represent the Society to the outside world.
- act, subject to express or implied instructions, on behalf of the organisation and its committee in the interval between meetings.
- perform the customary courtesies, including thanking office bearers and other helpers as well as making new members feel welcome.
- sound out suitable persons as to their willingness to stand for office or to take on other responsibilities.
- liaise on a minimum twice weekly basis with the APS Office.
- answer all correspondence, including writing letters of congratulations, condolence, ‘get well’, or delegate someone to do this.
- write the President’s column for e-News each month.
- actively review the draft of the minutes each month. Make decisions on whether motions are for voting or discussion.
- receive membership reports and Finance reports from the Secretary and Treasurer. Be aware of any changes.
Applicants for the position of President should decide if they have:
- adequate time to do the position justice.
- a genuine interest in voluntary committee work.
- a genuine interest in the objectives of the Society.
- an independent mind.
- the ability to make decisions based on principles rather than on personalities or personal beliefs.
- some background knowledge of the Society.
- the integrity to deal properly with any potential conflicts of interest.
- good standing in the community.