Uncon Committee Roles

The committee is made up of a group of individual BookCrossers who volunteer their time to arranging and organising the Uncon event. While the roles described below are primary roles, in truth, each member of the committee does a little bit of everything as tasks dictate.

Chair – pingucb

Claire / pingucb

The “project manager” of the whole event, the Chair’s task is to oversee the other Committee members and be the primary official and liaison with the community; if a message needs to go out, chances are the Chair is the sender. The Chair also takes the lead on contacting and securing Sponsors and Authors on behalf of the Committee.

I joined BookCrossing in 2009, attending my first Unconvention in Swindon in 2010. For the Swindon Uncon, I was a general volunteer, offering little bits of help where needed and organising the NSS. I enjoyed the Swindon experience so much that I volunteered for Chair of the committee this year.
As the project manager, I am responsible for keeping everything on track – ensuring that nothing gets forgotten and that the planning process runs to time. I’m likely to be busy throughout the year, but with a great team alongside me it should be a lot of fun!!

Treasurer – beckydore

Becky / beckydore

Without someone to keep a tight rein on the purse strings, the budget for the event could wildly spill over, and if the income from tickets don’t cover the outlays, then someone, somewhere has lost out. The Treasurer checks registration payments come in and ensures costs are kept to a minimum.

I joined BookCrossing in February 2006 and have attended many local meets and every UK Uncon since then. Some of my closest friends are BookCrossers and I enjoy catching up with them at the conventions. This is my third year on the committee and second year as treasurer. Following many checks and delays in setting up the bank account last year, I’m pleased we will be continuing the same account. I recently got married and am expecting twins in May.

Entertainment Co-ordinator – MissMarkey

Janice / MissMarkey

It wouldn’t be much of an event if the was no entertainment and activities going on. Even the enthusiastic among us would get bored staring at a table overflowing with books for 2 days! The Entertainment Co-ordinator also oversees the goody bags, the NSS (Not So Secret) arrangements and other non-Author activities.

I first got into Bookcrossing when I found a BC book hanging in it’s plastic bag on the gate of my allotment in 2007. I read the book on the allotment and still do read books on the allotment, much to the amusement of fellow allotment holders. I went on to join BC in 2008. I have attended 5 conventions (New Zealand, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Boston and Swindon) I am already registered for BCinDC. I am in fact a convention junkie. I find the combination of books, people who love books and people who give away books quite magical. I’m looking forward to bringing you the best of all the convention entertainment I’ve seen with a bit of MissMarkey madness thrown in too!

Webmaster – GaryJ

Gary / GaryJ

The Webmaster is charged with setting up and maintaining the technical aspect of the website, enabling all Committee members the ability add and edit content as needed to disseminate information for their own roles. Communications between Committee members, the Committee members and the community, and the community and the Committee members also fall to this role.

The webmaster role needs a lot of action at the beginning to get the basic site and email accounts set up. Once that’s done, and the other committee members know how to go in and add or edit content, then a lot of my work is done; I can take a step back and let the others take over. As registrations come in, additions to the mailing list are my responsibility. For this Uncon, I’m hosting the site (I have unused space on the account I use with clients). I’ve been to 5 UK Uncons and the London Convention. 2011 is my first time on the committee, and I volunteered as I was disappointed by the some of the previous Uncon website attempts.

Local Representative – garibaldisghost

David / garibaldisghost

David / garibaldisghost

The local representative is often the person who submitted the successful bid for where the event is to be held. Their role is to help organise the logistics of the venue, provide the local knowledge for the committee’s plans and activities, and make any in-person visits that might be needed. The winning city for 2011 is Nottingham.

I am Nottingham born and bred and have been a member of BookCrossing since December 2005. Although I haven’t been to an Unconvention before I hope to bring plenty of local knowledge to the committee and am looking forward to ensuring that all Uncon 2011 attendees really do get a taste of Nottingham. There is an active and good sized group of Nottingham BookCrossers, plenty of whom have already said they are ready to help when the time comes.