A key outcome of our recent AGM was the revitalisation of the OCIES General Committee. Constitutionally, the General Committee is the governing body of the Society. It is comprised of the core Office bearers (Co-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer and ex officio IEJ Editor) who also make up the Executive Committee, plus up to ten other committee members.
In recent years, OCIES has operated with just the Officer bearer positions in place, and thus the Executive Committee has served the Society’s governance needs. However, our Society has grown over recent years in terms of membership, as well as reach and scale of activities. As such, the Executive identified the need to revitalise the General Committee and appoint additional Committee members to take forward the OCIES vision. This decision was endorsed at our recent AGM, and new Committee positions established to provide oversight and coordination for key areas of work: enhancing engagement with members and our wider community, the New and Emerging Researchers Fono (NERF), and the Co-convening of the 2022 World Congress.
The AGM confirmed Rhonda Di Biase (Engagement), David Fa’avae and Sonia Fonua (NERF), and Eve Coxon (World Congress) in these roles. Each introduce themselves below, and we encourage you to get in touch with them if you are interested in getting involved in these activities in some way. We would ideally like two more people to join the Committee, to assist specifically with Engagement and with the World Congress. If you are interested in these roles, or in becoming more involved in the governance and leadership of OCIES in some other way, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org