One of the roles opening up within the society is that of IPEd councillor. Departing councillor, Jo Smith, shares her experience.
The IPEd councillor is an essential role, which creates a direct link between IPEd and its members, the state societies of editors.
The IPEd councillor is the society’s representative on the IPEd council, which is responsible for the management and business of the company, i.e. to advance the profession of editing. The IPEd council comprises a councillor from each of the seven state societies of editors.
The councillors are directors of the company, the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd, and as such must comply with the associated duties and responsibilities.
IPEd council meetings are held once a month via teleconference, generally on the first Sunday of the month and, unfortunately for WA, at 7.30 am! The IPEd councillor then reports to the WA society at its monthly committee meetings; so the IPEd councillor must also be a general committee member.
There is an alternate councillor who can attend the occasional meeting if needed and who can also support the work of the councillor within the society.
It is a very rewarding role, and gives a great sense of perspective of the editing profession nationally. The other councillors are very dedicated and great to work with and I will miss being on the council. However, I will be continuing on Working Party 4, helping to develop the implementation plan.