The President is the figurehead of the club. In most cases, the President takes ultimate responsibility. They, with the rest of the Committee, essentially shape the aims of the club for the year. They will usually chair meetings (if absent a Vice President or Secretary can do this) and support the work of other committee members.
A good President should have a fair idea of who is doing what and keep an eye on all club activity as they are responsible for ensuring that a club or society works effectively. They should be able to provide leadership to the club/society and help build an effective society that works well, grows in membership, that is fun and accessible for all.
We now have a Club Management System on our new website, where clubs can securely store their documents. This function will be made available to clubs, once they have attended the Clubs Website Training. We recommend that each society has at least two Executive Members trained on the Website. You can find the dates for the training here.
To prepare, in conjunction with the Secretary, the agenda for meetings and ensure that any events are well organised.
To chair regular club or society meetings, ensuring that these meetings are constructive and conducted in accordance with the respective club or society’s constitution, and to ensure:
- any debates are constructive and balanced (see our page on safe spaces for more advice)
- any decisions taken are clear to the membership
- responsibility is allocated for implementation of agreed actions
- society Office bearers give reports and answer relevant questions from members
To administer, in conjunction with the Treasurer, any financial undertakings of the society- making sure that all money is securely handled and that the society finances are transparent to members. Please see further information on the treasurer page.
Annual General Meetings
The President should prepare a report on the club/society’s general organisation and activity for the past year for members and help formulate a strategy to build and grow the society. This can be events/activism or anything else you can think of.