The Committee

The committee is made up of a group of individual BookCrossers who volunteer their time to arranging and organising the Uncon event. While the roles described below are primary roles, in truth, each member of the committee does a little bit of everything as tasks dictate.

Chair – pingucb

Claire

Claire/pingucb

The “project manager” of the whole event, the Chair’s task is to oversee the other Committee members and be the primary official and liaison with the community; if a message needs to go out, chances are the Chair is the sender. The Chair also takes the lead on contacting and securing Sponsors and Authors on behalf of the Committee.

I joined BookCrossing in 2009, attending my first Unconvention in Swindon in 2010. For the Swindon Uncon, I was a general volunteer, offering little bits of help where needed and organising the NSS. 2013 will be my third year as committee chair.

As the project manager, I am responsible for keeping everything on track – ensuring that nothing gets forgotten and that the planning process runs to time. I know the role will keep me busy throughout the year, but with a great team alongside me it should be a lot of fun!!

Claire

Treasurer – ardachy

Trevor/Ardachy

Without someone to keep a tight rein on the purse strings, the budget for the event could wildly spill over, and if the income from tickets don’t cover the outlays, then someone, somewhere has lost out. The Treasurer checks registration payments come in and ensures costs are kept to a minimum.

I joined BookCrossing in April 2006 when I was living on the Black Isle in Scotland and discovered the ‘Books on Bens’ webpage that swan-scot had going. ‘Ardachy’ was the name of the Bed and Breakfast I ran with my wife and I started by releasing books in our guest rooms and local beauty spots. I loved the way that BookCrossing integrated my three interests which were reading, walking and photography.

In 2008 we moved back to East Anglia for family reasons and I became even more active, attending my first BC Convention in Amsterdam and my first UnCon in Swindon. I help manage a number of OBCZs in the Colchester area and regularly attend meet-ups with other BookCrossers. I started Essex BookCrossing and volunteered as a Region Manager. I also became a member of the BookCrossing team on Kiva and am now one of the team captains.

2013 will be my second year as the Treasurer on the UnCon Committee.

Trevor

Entertainments Co-ordinator – MissMarkey

Janice / MissMarkey

It wouldn’t be much of an event if the was no entertainment and activities going on. Even the enthusiastic among us would get bored staring at a table overflowing with books for 2 days! The Entertainment Co-ordinator also oversees the goody bags, the NSS (Not So Secret) arrangements and other non-Author activities.

I first joined Bookcrossing in May 2008 which was probably 3 years after I found my first BC book hanging on the gate of my allotment. It was put there by Molyneux who thought I would take the bait! It was ‘The Piano’ and I read it on my allotment. I didn’t have a computer at the time so although the concept fascinated me I did not pursue it.
When my lovely Mum bought me a laptop that’s when I really got going, started releasing and joining in with the forums.
I went to my first World Convention in 2009 in New Zealand and that was it – I was hooked! What a great way to see the world and have friends wherever you go!     Since then I have been to World Conventions in Amsterdam, Washington DC and Dublin. I have registered for Sweden and am saving hard for Melbourne.
In the UK I have been to Uncons in Edinburgh, Swindon, Nottingham and Colchester. This will be my third year on the committee and I enjoy bringing some of the entertainments I have taken part in worldwide to the UK.

Janice

Webmaster – GaryJ

Gary/GaryJ

The Webmaster is charged with setting up and maintaining the technical aspect of the website, enabling all Committee members the ability add and edit content as needed to disseminate information for their own roles. Enabling communications between Committee members, the Committee members and the community, and the community and the Committee members also fall to this role.

For the third BCUK Uncon in a row, I’m hosting the site and have taken the role of committee webmaster. I’ve been to 7 UK Uncons and the London Convention, and like any regular event, communication of information is vital to the potential attendees, the website perhaps being the main method. 2013 is my third time on the committee, and I’ve re-volunteered due to the positive feedback and comments that the earlier websites have received.

Gary

Local Representatives – Mai-day, Katzzgirl, Ally1665

The local representative is often the person who submitted the successful bid for where the event is to be held. Their role is to help organise the logistics of the venue, provide the local knowledge for the committee’s plans and activities, and make any in-person visits that might be needed. The winning city for 2013 is Leeds and this year we have three Local Representatives.

Mai-day

Maia/Mai-day

Maia/Mai-day

September 2013 will be my 10th anniversary as a BookCrosser so I’m delighted to be able to celebrate with a Leeds Uncon!  I’ve been running the Leeds BookCrossers’ meetups since 2008 and have made some really good friends as a result, so BookCrossing to me is both a way of reaching out to strangers and getting to know people – I think you can tell a lot about people from the books they love.

I’ve lived in Leeds most of my life and think it’s a fabulous place to be.  I hope you will enjoy visiting.  I really think there’s something for everyone here and, along with the rest of the local team, I am having great fun looking into local activities and excursions to recommend.  We are looking forward to welcoming you, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Maia

 Katzzgirl

Debbie/Katzzgirl

Debbie/Katzzgirl

I’m Debbie and I’ve been BookCrossing for about 5 years after I met some lovely BookCrossers while out walking in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

I’m an assistant organiser of the Leeds Meetup Bookcrossing Group but I’ve never been to a Convention or Uncon!So this is my chance to help make it a success.

Debbie

Ally1665

Ally1665

Ally/Ally1665

My name is Ally, also known as Ally1665. I’ve been BookCrossing since 2002 and attended my first BookCrossing meetup in Leeds back in 2004. I love reading and my favourite genre is crime fiction, especially Nordic Noir.

I’ve met bookcrossers in Ireland, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands. I have been to a few Uncons and love the way Bookcrossing has made me so many new friends and taken me to so many new places. Leeds is a wonderful, friendly, lively city and I’m glad that the Uncon is coming here this year.

Ally