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2022-2023 BCCJ Executive Committee Elections – Everything You Need to Know
Written by BCCJ
February 10, 2022
Community and Business
On Tuesday, February 15, the BCCJ began accepting nominations for the 2022-2023 BCCJ Executive Committee (Excom). Below you will find everything you need to know about the upcoming elections, what being on BCCJ’s Excom entails, testimonial messages from current Excom members, and why you may wish to consider joining, to help steer one of Japan’s most active and influential business organisations.
Serving as a member of the BCCJ’s Excom is an exceptional opportunity to lead and develop activities central to the UK-Japan commercial relationship at a time of great significance. While serving on the Committee requires energy, drive and commitment, it also provides a rewarding opportunity to give back to the community, fostering growth opportunities between the two nations.
Role of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee (Excom) is a group of 12-15 current BCCJ members, elected by peers to address pressing issues and strategise on how to provide modern, effective and inclusive Chamber services for our members. Excom decides the purpose and the overall goals of the BCCJ and sets the strategy for achieving these goals. Key responsibilities of Excom, in combination with the BCCJ office team, include:
- Setting suitable organisational aims and objectives;
- Setting a budget which allows the BCCJ to fulfil its purpose;
- Agreeing policies, targets and priorities;
- Monitoring and reviewing the performance of the BCCJ and the Secretariat.
Hear from some of BCCJ’s current Excom members about their experiences and highlights serving on the Committee. . .
As part of this year’s new BCCJ Vision project, “Brave Conversations, Positive Transformations”, Excom members will elect to join one of 3 pillar groups, all of which the BCCJ has identified as crucial for the future sustainable growth of business in Japan, the UK, and globally.
These pillars are: Digital and Tech Innovation, Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Responsible Business.
Who can Nominate for an Excom seat?
Any BCCJ member who shares our passion for further enhancing the UK-Japan relationship, and who feels they have something great to offer the chamber is eligible to nominate. If you would like to speak with a BCCJ team member to learn more about your Excom suitability, we encourage you to book a 15-minute meeting with a member of the BCCJ team. No matter your background, we would be delighted to hear from you.
What’s the timeline?
The 2022-2023 Excom nomination timeline is as follows:
- Feb 15 – Mar 25
Excom nomination period: BCCJ office accepts completed 2022-2023 Excom nomination forms (including nominations for President)
- Apr 04 – Apr 18
Excom election period: An election booklet of candidates will be published on 4 April. BCCJ nominated representatives can vote for their preferred 2022-23 Executive Committee and Presidential candidate via an online poll, or by post/proxy
- April 26/27 – TBC
BCCJ Annual General Meeting: 2022-2023 Excom and President to be announced (in person or hybrid event)
If you would like to nominate yourself for a BCCJ Executive Committee role and / or the role of BCCJ President, please complete the form below by March 25:
- Can I nominate myself?
Yes. Nominees must seek one Proposer and one Seconder, each from BCCJ member companies.
- What attributes make a good Excom candidate?
The Excom seeks an appropriate balance of members of the business community with specific skills and experiences that will benefit the BCCJ and its membership at large. We are looking for individuals with an eagerness to participate in discussions and BCCJ events, and a genuine interest and commitment to furthering UK-Japan relations.
- How often do Excom members meet?
Excom members will meet 11 times during the year, excluding the month of August, and are also expected to attend the BCCJ Annual General Meeting (AGM) in April.
Speak with a member of the BCCJ team
Want to learn more about the 2022-2023 BCCJ Excom nominations process? Book a meeting with a member of the BCCJ team!
If you have any questions about the above, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to an exciting Excom & Presidential election ahead!