A bit about me:
Aims while on the National SSAGO Exec:
Finish turning SSAGO into a charity
This has many benefits for SSAGO (e.g. improving the email system, being able to apply for grants/free software, and gift aid). This would cut some costs e.g. SSAGO normally spends about £550/year (£1000 this year) on website/digital infrastructure, which could be significantly reduced with free software.
Decrease event costs
For example, from initial research and calculations, SSAGO could buy a marquee, store this in self storage, and still recoup the cost of this within just 1-2 years, without even considering hiring it out to other groups. Self storage could also be used to store national kit (solving the issue of national kit going missing). This is a significant cost saving to SSAGO.
Improve the efficiency of keeping SSAGO records, and transparency of what SSAGO is spending money on
SSAGO members want to know where their membership costs and event costs go, so I intend to make this information freely available for membership and event costs. Also, once we become a charity we can access free accounting software through Charity Digital, which will make the record-keeping and report-producing process far less time-consuming.
Improve access to National SSAGO for regions and smaller clubs
National SSAGO should be more than just 4 events per year, so I intend to set up a SSAGO Innovation Fund to allow people with great ideas to be able to realise them, for example to make it easier for the Badges-At-Home team to loan the money to buy the badges. I also intend to improve access to National SSAGO for the regions, by providing the ability for regional events to access bank accounts and loans.
What benefits will I bring for...
Experience as Southampton SSAGO Treasurer:
Why I am the best person for the role of National SSAGO Treasurer:
I have done a significant amount of research to be sure I can achieve my ambitious aims.
I’ve read through all Exec minutes, and most of the Reps minutes, from the last 3 years, and have done a significant amount of research into Charity (CIO) Status, so that I can be confident that as National Treasurer I can quickly get started on completing my manifesto, as my plans are ambitious and very forward thinking.
Experience being part of a virtual event committee (Build-A-Rally 2020).
This will give me valuable insight into planning SSAGO events during the Covid-19 Pandemic, and some of the important decisions that have to be taken as a result of that, developing skills for the National Treasurer role.
I have also had experience obtaining free software.
I have obtained the free software referenced here through Charity Digital for my scout group, so I know which hoops to jump through to get it set up quickly.
I am great at getting things done, and done well.
My determination to get the new Southampton SSAGO bank account open before the end of the spring term (which with Covid-19 proved to be essential) shows this, and this will be useful in ensuring I can complete my ambitious manifesto.
I am enthusiastic about everything to do with SSAGO!
I’d love to play a part in helping SSAGO thrive both during the Covid-19 restrictions, and after they are lifted!
In conclusion, I intend to make SSAGO significantly better for all of you!