Consultants and Employees

National Secretary

Jackie KingThe national secretary is employed, on a full-time basis, to manage the day-to-day activities of the organisation. The duties and responsibilities of the national secretary fall into four main categories - running national office, arranging and attending meetings, liaison with IA's member organisations and outside organisations and generally representing charity.

The national secretary represents IA at all levels including lobbying Government bodies. Visiting remains one of the most important services IA provides to people who are faced with ileostomy or internal pouch surgery. The national secretary is responsible for assisting member organisations to co-ordinate their visiting service, provide opportunities for the training of visitors, chair the visiting sub-committee (a group of members with an interest in visiting and a background in training, counselling and education) and liaise with the nursing profession to encourage interest in the visiting service.

In addition, a list of national qualified visitors is retained at national office and is used to fulfil requests for visits. Welfare enquiries are also handled in confidence at national office. These enquiries fall into many categories and national office acts as a signpost to direct enquirers to the appropriate information channels. Welfare grants are available to IA members and the welfare sub-committee decides on awards in line with the published guidelines.

National Treasurer

Michael BellThe national treasurer is appointed, on a part-time basis, as a self-employed consultant and the provision for services is managed through a contract with IA to manage the day to day financial activities of the organisation. Each member organisation of IA is autonomous and runs its own affairs so the national treasurer's responsibilities specifi¬cally cover the national charity, referred to as the National Council.

Each year, the national treasurer submits IA's accounts for audit when they have been approved by the executive committee and is responsible for presenting them at the National Council meeting. Together with the national secretary, the national treasurer prepares the annual report and accounts which are submitted to the Charity Commission as required by the regulations.

The national treasurer prepares the agenda, attends and produces the minutes of all finance sub-committee meetings and also attends all executive committee meetings. The national treasurer administers the investment portfolio, the matched funding scheme, fundraising activities and budgets.

Journal editor & advertising manager

Scott CliffordThe Journal editor & advertising manager is appointed, on a part-time consultancy basis, as a self-employed consultant and the provision for services is managed through a contract with IA. It is the responsibility of the Journal editor & advertising manager to manage all aspects of the production of the Journal and to arrange the despatch of bulk supplies from the printer to Journal distributors of member organisations in February, May, August and November.

The nature of the post is such that maximum input is required in the eight weeks leading up to the publication date of each issue. The Journal editor & advertising manager is paid a fee which is linked to the profitability of the Journal. The editor is required to be a member of the communications sub-committee; to attend meetings of the finance sub-committee, the national executive committee, the National Council and such other meetings which may, from time to time, be arranged and at which the Journal editor's presence is necessary.

Webmaster

Matthew BattThe webmaster is appointed, on a part-time basis, as a self-employed consultant and the provision for services is managed through a contract with IA. The nature of the post is such that regular availability is necessary in order to ensure that the IA website is kept updated and monitored.

The webmaster is responsible for managing all aspects of IA's website technically and to ensure that content is relevant and current; maintaining and developing the existing site in keeping with the aims of IA; overseeing moderation and administration of the forums; supporting member organisations with websites set up as local pages on the main IA site; third party liaison with RBS WorldPay, ostomy manufacturing companies, design companies and maintenance of reciprocal website links with relevant organisations; budgetary control, forecasting and administration.

The webmaster is required to attend executive committee meetings, National Council, communications sub-committee meetings and any other such meetings which may, from time to time, be arranged and at which the webmaster's presence may be necessary.