BIALL President-elect...who me!

In case you haven't seen the news I've been elected BIALL President-Elect for 2011-2012 which ultimately means I'll be BIALL President for 2012-2013.

Why on earth would someone want to do this!

I've worked in Law Firms since May 2001 first at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP and now at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP. I've been a BIALL member since 2002 and have attended 8 Conferences with my first being in Edinburgh. During my time as a BIALL member I've been on the Legal Information Group (LIG) both as an ordinary member and as the Chair for 3 years and managed the development of the BIALL Code of Good Practice for publishers and introduced the concept of a yearly meeting between LIG and legal publishers. I also spent some time on the web committee first as an ordinary member as part of the project team which redesigned the BIALL website and more recently as Interim Chair whilst BIALL searched for an found and excellent Chair in Marianne Barber.

Most recently I've been a BIALL Council Member which has been an interesting role as you get to see what happens on Council and the work of all the committees, not just the one you might be chairing. Anyway to cut a long story short I've been wanting to step up into a more senior role within BIALL for a while so put myself forward for the President-Elect position and was duly elected. The response from people to my "election" has been amazing and to them I can only say thanks and hope that I can live up to the expectations that come with the role. One of the best comments came from someone I've known for a while who said "I just wanted to say that I am sure you will do very well. Every president brings something new to the role and I am sure that you will too" here's hoping!!

I don't officially take up my positition of President-Elect until the 24th of June, which is 1 week after the AGM but if you're a BIALL member and you'd like to talk to me about anything then you can contact me via this blog posting or via my Twitter account - I'd love to hear from you!