Naval Dockyards Society

Exploring the civil branches of navies & their material culture

The Committee

 

Naval Dockyards Society (NDS) is looking for Associate Officers

We are seeking applications for this post. START date: 26 March 2022

To apply for this role, complete all the sections in NDS Associate Officer Application Form here

Closing date: 31 January 2022

The NDS 2021 AGM approved an NDS Associate Officer Scheme
To act responsibly the NDS needs people ‘ready and trained’, who have already proved their worth, from whom to select replacement officers. Their roles:

  • To shadow current officers in rotation – ‘learning on the job’.
  • To gain experience of the range of NDS activities.
  • To circulate, taking on specified mentored tasks for experience and to support officers.
  • To provide a pool of trained personnel from whom to elect a replacement officer in the event of anyone retiring and relieve some officers’ workloads in the process.

What is the NDS? – ‘Exploring the civil branches of navies and their material culture’
Founded in 1996, it has published 15 high quality journals and 2 superb newsletters a year. It completed the Navy Board Project in 2019 and has won significant gains in Sheerness and Portsmouth Dockyards. In 2020 five grants were awarded to deserving dockyard groups. Its innovative online conferences in 2020 and 2021 and planning submissions widen our audiences. We want to build a bigger and better NDS and need the best officers to do so.

For further information about the NDS see
https://navaldockyards.org/
Facebook: NavalDockyardsSociety
Twitter: @DockyardSociety
Attached is our recent newsletter Dockyards for our activities 

Background information:
This is an honorary (unpaid volunteer) post. It is a NDS member position, so the successful applicant will become an NDS member, and if a full-time student their membership fee and future UK travel expenses to attend committee meetings and NDS conference will be paid by the Society (overseas officers would attend via zoom). Full-time students would also be paid a small honorarium.

The successful applicant can be based anywhere globally as this is a remote role, because most NDS business is transacted online.

You can be studying or interested in virtually any topic, but education, history, sociology, maritime, built environment (architecture, civil engineering/surveying, planning), business and IT studies would be especially relevant; or be a member of a relevant volunteer organisation.

Before taking over this post the successful applicant will shadow and support Committee Members to experience the range of NDS activities and take on specified mentored tasks. Potential candidates may correspond with the Secretary. SHADOW DURATION: at least six months.

NDS officers reached positions through support from others, endorsement or opportunities to observe and learn from experienced co-workers. The successful applicant will:

  • Develop transferable skills and enhance their CV
  • Improve personal attributes of self-organisation and collaboration
  • Experience different working environments to help find the right career path
  • Network, meet new friends and boost their confidence
  • Gain practical experience in a role with examples to support job applications
  • Apply their skills to the workplace and enhance their employability

Role description
See the Associate Officer criteria, role and year duties here

Number of hours a week: probably 1-2, with more in weeks before Meetings and Conferences.

Essential
Complete and return NDS Associate Officer Application Form to paul.brown206@btinternet.com

This should address your education, experience and skills, and levels of emotional intelligence arising from any appropriate cases which can be cited, which would fit you to become an NDS Associate Officer:

  • Why you’ve chosen to apply for this particular opportunity
  • What skills and experience you could bring to the role
  • Previous volunteering experience
  • One reference from someone who can testify to your responsibilities in a relevant activity (voluntary or employed).

Desirable
That you could commit to be in post for 2-3 years, to build up expertise and continuity.

Examples of ancillary mentored tasks available to the trainee Associate Officer
Depending on your inclination, any of these would be beneficial to the elected post

  • Publicity
  • Bibliography updating
  • Tour assistance
  • Planning Application searching
  • Contributing IT skills to run online meetings

28 December 2021


Naval Dockyards Society (NDS) is looking for a Facebook Manager

Our experienced Facebook Manager will retire at the 2022 AGM in March 2022 and we are seeking applications for this post. START date: 26 March 2022

To apply for this role, complete all the sections in NDS Facebook Manager Application Form here

Closing date: 15 January 2022

 What is the NDS? – ‘Exploring the civil branches of navies and their material culture’
Founded in 1996, it has published 15 high quality journals and distributes 2 superb newsletters a year. It completed the Navy Board Project in 2019 and has won significant gains in Sheerness and Portsmouth Dockyards. In 2020 five grants were awarded to deserving dockyard groups. Its innovative online conferences in 2020 and 2021 and planning submissions widen our audiences. We want to build a bigger and better NDS and need the best officers to do so.

For further information about the NDS see
https://navaldockyards.org/,
Facebook: NavalDockyardsSociety
Twitter: @DockyardSociety
Attached is our recent newsletter Dockyards for our activities

The NDS has a popular Facebook profile with nearly 1,400 followers. It is an open group which anyone can join and in principle post items. There are more followers than members. Most items are posted by the Facebook manager, using his knowledge of maritime and dockyard affairs, from internet posts on social media and the press, joining mailing lists of institutions, and reading magazines and periodicals. Other committee members might suggest posts. Queries come from all over the world on Facebook Messenger and are usually answered within a couple of days by the Manager, with help of other committee members, where necessary.

Background information:

  1. This is an honorary (unpaid volunteer) post. It is a NDS member position, so the successful applicant will become an NDS member, and if a full-time student their membership fee and future UK travel expenses to attend committee meetings and NDS conference will be paid by the Society (overseas officers would attend via zoom). Full-time students would also be paid a small honorarium.
  2. The successful applicant can be based anywhere globally as this is a remote role, because most NDS business is transacted online.

You can be studying or interested in virtually any topic, but education, history, sociology, maritime, built environment (architecture, civil engineering/surveying, planning), business and IT studies would be especially relevant; or be a member of a relevant volunteer organisation.

Before taking over this post the successful applicant will shadow and support the Facebook Manager to experience the range of NDS activities and take on specified mentored tasks. A potential candidate may correspond with the Facebook Manager. SHADOW DURATION: February-March 2022

NDS officers reached positions through support from others, endorsement or opportunities to observe and learn from experienced co-workers. The successful applicant will:

  • Develop transferable skills and enhance their CV
  • Improve personal attributes of self-organisation and collaboration
  • Experience different working environments to help find the right career path
  • Network, meet new friends and boost their confidence
  • Gain practical experience in a role with examples to support job applications
  • Apply their skills to the workplace and enhance their employability

Role description
See the Facebook Manager criteria, role and yearly duties here
Number of hours a week: probably 1-2, with more in weeks before Meetings and Conferences.

Essential
Complete and return NDS Facebook Manager Application Form to paul.brown206@btinternet.com
This should address your education, experience and skills, and levels of emotional intelligence arising from any appropriate cases which can be cited, which would fit you to become an NDS Facebook Manager:

  • Why you’ve chosen to apply for this particular opportunity
  • What skills and experience you could bring to the role
  • Previous volunteering experience
  • One reference from someone who can testify to your responsibilities in a relevant activity (voluntary or employed).

Desirable
That you could commit to be in post for 2-3 years, to build up expertise and continuity.

Examples of ancillary mentored tasks available to the Trainee Facebook Manager
Depending on your inclination, any of these would be beneficial to the elected post:

  • Raising awareness of the NDS by searching publications to place articles
  • Setting up internet alerts for dockyard-related news items
  • Publicity
  • Tour promoting

13 December 2021


The Naval Dockyards Society (NDS) is looking for a Secretary

Our valued Secretary will retire at the 2022 AGM in March 2022, and we are seeking applications for this post. START date: 26 March 2022
To apply for this role, complete all the sections in NDS Secretary Application here
Closing date: 31 January 2022

What is the NDS?
Founded in 1996, it has published 15 high quality journals and 2 superb newsletters a year. The Navy Board Project was completed in 2019 and campaigns have won significant gains in Sheerness and Portsmouth Dockyards. In 2020 5 grants were awarded competitively to deserving dockyard organisations. Its innovative 2020 and 2021 virtual conferences, campaigns and planning submissions reach wide audiences. We want to build a bigger and better NDS and need the best officers.
For further information about the NDS see
https://navaldockyards.org/
Facebook: NavalDockyardsSociety
Twitter:  @DockyardSociety
Attached is our recent newsletter Dockyards for our activities

Background information:
This is an honorary (unpaid volunteer) post. It is a NDS member position, so the successful applicant will become an NDS member – if a full-time student their membership fee and future UK travel expenses to attend committee meetings and NDS conference will be paid by the Society (overseas officers would attend via zoom). Full-time students would also be paid a small honorarium.

The successful applicant can be based anywhere globally as this is a remote role, because most NDS business is transacted online.

You can be studying or interested in any topic, but education, history, sociology, maritime, built environment (architecture, civil engineering/surveying, planning), business and IT studies would be especially relevant; or be a member of a relevant volunteer organisation.

Before taking over this post the successful applicant will shadow and support the Secretary to experience the range of NDS activities and take on specified mentored tasks. A potential candidate may correspond with the Secretary. SHADOW DURATION: January-March 2022
NDS officers reached positions through support from others, endorsement or opportunities to observe and learn from experienced co-workers. The successful applicant will:

  • Develop transferable skills and enhance your CV
  • Improve personal attributes of self-organisation and collaboration
  • Experience different working environments to help find the right career path
  • Network, meet new friends and boost your confidence
  • Get practical experience in a role and examples to support job applications
  • Apply your skills to the workplace and enhance your employability

Role description
See the Secretary criteria, role and yearly duties here
Number of hours a week varies from 1 to 3/4 in weeks before Meetings and Conferences.

The Secretary has definitely made this post their own, and there are opportunities for the new postholder to develop it beyond sending out meeting agendas and taking minutes. This is how the Secretary sees the post:

As well as the vital roles of preparing the agendas and minutes of committee meetings and the AGM, and involvement in committee discussions and decisions, there is scope to pursue wider aspects of the NDS mission. In my case that has included making freedom of information requests regarding historic buildings at risk, organising this year’s Baltic conference and working with the chair to devise our heritage projects grant scheme, which I then followed by monitoring and reporting on the projects. Such involvements are ‘optional extras’ over and above the core duties of the secretary.

Essential
Complete and return NDS Secretary Application to paul.brown206@btinternet.com
This should address your education, experience and skills, and levels of emotional intelligence arising from any appropriate cases which can be cited, which would fit you to become an NDS Secretary

  • Why you’ve chosen to apply for this particular opportunity
  • What skills and experience you could bring to the role
  • Previous volunteering experience

Desirable
That you commit to be in post for 2-3 years, to build up expertise and continuity.

Examples of ancillary mentored tasks available to the trainee Secretary
Depending on your inclination, any of these would be beneficial to the permanent post

  • Taking minutes
  • Contributing IT skills to run online meetings
  • Raising awareness of the NDS by searching publications to place articles
  • Setting up internet alerts for dockyard-related news items

15 November 2021 (modified 30 December 2021)


Committee Members 2020-21

Chair: Ann Coats
Secretary: Paul Brown
Treasurer: David Jenkins
Membership Secretary: Judith Webberley
Newsletter Editor: Richard Holme
Transactions Editor: Nicholas Blake
Print/E-publications Editor: Nicholas Blake
Webmaster: Ann Coats and Judith Webberley
Data Protection Officer: Judith Webberley
Committee Member: Celia Clark, Ian Stafford
Editorial Board: Ann Coats, Nicholas Blake

Ex-officio
Transactions Indexer: Nicholas Blake
E-book Manager: David Jenkins

Former Chairs: Peter Dawson (1997–2001), Roger Morriss (2001–5), J. David Davies (2005–13)