Committee

Gerry Mullen

Chairman (Executive)

The Chairman is the elected figure head of the DA. This person runs the committee meetings and is normally engaged by all members of the DA for any issues.

chairman@solentda.org.uk

      Gary Dennett

      Vice Chairman (Executive)

      The Vice Chairman supports the Chairman in their role and looks to take over the Chairman’s position in the future through on going mentoring and guidance

        David Butler

        Treasurer (Executive)

        The Treasurer looks after the financial accounting of the DA. They collect and make payments on behalf of the DA. They report to the committee on the financial performance of the DA, assist in financial planning, and report to the members at our AGM on the overall financial position of the DA.

        treasurer@solentda.org.uk

          Lesley Ford

          Secretary (Executive)

          The secretary takes the minutes of the meetings and interfaces with our Head Office on club policies, notifications etc. The Secretary acts as a single point of contact for any correspondence to and from the committee, the Region, the members and the Club HQ.

          secretary@solentda.org.uk

            Lisa Chapman

            Sites Officer (Non Committee Post)

            The sites officer arranges venues for us to camp. This involves site surveys, liaising with farmers and camp owners, working closely with our stewards, and creating a varied list of sites to meet the needs of the members.

            sitesofficer@solentda.org.uk

              Roy Friend

              PRO (Public Relations Officer) (Executive)

              The PRO is focused on communications on behalf of the DA (Out & About, flyers, programmes etc) and meeting and recruiting new members to the DA.

              pro@solentda.org.uk

                Roy Friend

                Web Master

                Typically one of the committee members holds this position as a dual role. They manage and provide updates to Solent DA’s website and Facebook for information to the members.

                webmaster@solentda.org.uk

                    Gary Dennett

                    Appointed Councillor to Southern Region

                    The Appointed Councillor to Southern Region is our DA representative at the Southern Region Council, feeding comments and ideas into the Region Council and taking feedback back to Solent DA committee.

                        Paul Adams

                        Social Secretary

                        The Social secretary arranges out of season events and support in season entertainment needs.

                            John Simmonds

                            Equipment Officer

                            The Equipment Officer Manages and looks after the DA’s Assets, for use by the Committee at events run by the DA for the members.

                              John Simmonds

                              Regalia

                              The Regalia officer sources all club regalia and local regalia needs such as camping plaques and pennons.

                              regalia@solentda.org.uk

                                  Vacant Role

                                  Youth Leaders

                                  The Youth Leaders look after the youth section to encourage our 12 – 18 year olds to camp and organises special Youth Events such as attending the national Youth Rally. They are also key in supporting training of youth for the club youth test.

                                  Please contact a committee member to take on this role.

                                      Vacant Role

                                      Assistant Youth Leaders

                                      Assistant youth leaders support the Youth Leaders as needed. This role is nominated by the Youth Leaders to the committee.

                                      Please contact a committee member to take on this role.

                                          Vacant Role

                                          CCJ Leaders

                                          CCJ Leaders encourages 8 – 11 year olds to camp in preparation to join the youth section. This post is nominated by the Youth leaders to the committee.

                                          Please contact a committee member to take on this role.

                                              Brian Ford

                                              Committee Member

                                              There are four general committee member posts. They provide support for any activities run by the DA. They are elected to serve for a two year term. Depending on their rotation, their post may appear at the AGM or not as the case may be.

                                                  Vacant Post

                                                  Committee Member

                                                  There are four general committee member posts. They provide support for any activities run by the DA. They are elected to serve for a two year term. Depending on their rotation, their post may appear at the AGM or not as the case may be.

                                                  Please contact a committee member to take on this role.

                                                      Vacant Post

                                                      Committee Member

                                                      There are four general committee member posts. They provide support for any activities run by the DA. They are elected to serve for a two year term. Depending on their rotation, their post may appear at the AGM or not as the case may be.

                                                      Please contact a committee member to take on this role.

                                                          Vacant Post

                                                          Committee Member

                                                          There are four general committee member posts. They provide support for any activities run by the DA. They are elected to serve for a two year term. Depending on their rotation, their post may appear at the AGM or not as the case may be.

                                                          Please contact a committee member to take on this role.

                                                              Davina Moseley

                                                              Auditor

                                                              The Auditor provides quarterly inspection and financial year audits of Solent DA accounts to ensure all governance is followed. This post is elected at the AGM and cannot be a person related directly to any member of the serving committee.

                                                                  Helen Haines

                                                                  Auditor

                                                                  The Auditor provides quarterly inspection and financial year audits of Solent DA accounts to ensure all governance is followed. This post is elected at the AGM and cannot be a person related directly to any member of the serving committee.

                                                                      Mary Parrett

                                                                      Madame Sweetie

                                                                      Madame Sweetie kindly provides sweeties at meets run on behalf of the DA.

                                                                        How Solent DA’s Committee Works

                                                                        Solent DA Committee and how does that work? Solent DA does not run itself but is reliant on a team of volunteers who give up their time to help make the DA the success it is. The DA is always looking for new members to join the committee. Posts typically run for a year (some run longer) and the members of the committee are elected at our AGM in February. I hope this little narrative helps understand who does what and, if you are interested, what the DA would expect from you if you decided to join the committee. Before looking at the roles, a bit of background on how the committee works. The committee meets once a month, usually the second Wednesday of the month at Sarisbury Green Parish Rooms. We do not have a meeting in August due to the summer holidays. The meetings follow an agenda where we receive reports from various members of the committee, plus we have agenda items to discuss on forth coming events, and any issues or feedback we have received. From this, we plan for future meets, activities, entertainment etc. The committee follows the rules and guidelines of the club as well as our own constitution. This also sounds a little prescriptive, but it is done for the good of the DA and we do have fun! As all committee members are volunteers, there is no pay! That said, we do not want to see anyone out of pocket so travelling expenses are covered to the meetings, should the members chose to claim them and we do provide a coffee or tea to boot! The role of the committee is to organise all of the events our campers enjoy. Hidden behind the committee is a whole raft of volunteers who help out such as our stewards and those that generally join in to help. These are the true un-nominated un-sung heroes of the DA and to those we thank you. Just one other point to mention is that the DA is self insured and self funding. The DA receives no money from external sources and has responsibility for the money it raises and spends such as marquees, generators, cookers etc. So any fund raising goes back into the DA for the benefit of the members Lastly, within the committee are five members of the executive committee (*) who have a secondary role of meeting outside of formal committee meetings to manage any immediate challenges or needs.