I, along with fellow directors Fooi Ling-Khoo and Zoe Geyer will reach the end of our current terms at the AGM in November. The director nominations have now formally opened.
I strongly encourage all members to consider nominating for a Director position. Participation in the management of the Cooperative that serves over 500 members is a very rewarding experience on many levels. It is great being able to give back to the Cooperative and help shape its future, but there are also many personal benefits.
By being on the board, I not only expanded my network and professional visibility, but I also picked up essential new skills, ideas and opportunities for my full-time work. I must admit, it was way outside my comfort zone and not something that I had previously considered doing, but I have really enjoyed my time on the board and I believe I have made a good contribution.
It is an exciting time for ArchiTeam, our membership is growing rapidly here in Victoria, and more and more interstate. We are expanding our member services and working hard promoting our members and our organization through the ArchiTeam Awards, Advocacy, Datum, etc. This is a great time to be involved.
Board members also receive a monthly honorarium, free membership, reduced PII subscriptions and free CPD sessions. New board members are also sent to a Leadership for Not For Profit Boards course run by Leadership Victoria.
The board currently consists of four females and one male, which is very different to the board that I initially came on to, which was all blokes. Gender diversity has been great for the board. It has also been fantastic to see more females on the board as they have historically been under represented in our field. Moving forward it’s hoped that the new board reflects the diversity of the cooperative from age, background and gender. All our members have something valuable to contribute to the board whether it’s fresh eyes from a newly registered architect or the experience of someone approaching retirement.
ArchiTeam will be holding an information session for members interested in joining the ArchiTeam board on 5 October in the ArchiTeam office.
Gray Smith is the ArchiTeam Secretary and runs Gray Smith Architecture