ESAS elects its management committee at its AGM held on the first Thursday of November each year. The committee serve for a period of one year and may subsequently stand for re-election.
If you need assistance then please contact one of the committee or its officers at either a Society meeting or through their contact details shown below.
Honorary President: The late Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS, FRAS
Patron of ESAS : Professor Chris Lintott
Management Committee 2019/20
If you cannot find what you need to know, please contact a Society committee member
In this section you will find how our Society came into being and who have been the principal committee officers since its founding. There is also a list of current committee members and their contact details together with a section of links to all our press releases etc.
As a member of ESAS you have access to our library of over 150 books and a selection of scopes that can be borrowed. The Society also publishes its own star map and calendar, both of which are available to members and non members at a small cost.
If you want to help ESAS there is information of what you can do to help us and, if you have a little more time, how you can become a committee member and serve the Society by helping to plan its future direction.
To access our Members Section you have to be an ESAS Member and have a user id and password. In our Members section you will be able to:
|Executive Committee & Trustees|
|2019/20||Doug Edworthy||Kay Hunting||Dave Williams||Nigel Martin|
|2018/19||Doug Edworthy||Kay Hunting||Dave Williams||Nigel Martin|
|2017/18||Doug Edworthy||Kay Hunting||Dave Williams||Vacant|
|2016/17||Andy Lawes||Alieen Francis||Charlie & Gloria Kite||Albert (Paddy) Hamilton|
|2015/16||Andy Lawes||Aileen Francis||Paul Foster|
|2014/15||Andy Lawes||Aileen Francis||Angela Gardner||Paul Foster|
|2013/14||Andy Lawes||Terry Larkin||Vacant||Paul Foster|
|2012/13||Lester Selmes||Andy Lawes||Rosemary Selmes||Paul Foster|
|2011/12||David Pulley||Simon Allen||Andy Lawes||Chris Woodcock|
|2010/11||David Pulley||Simon Allen||Andy Lawes||Chris Woodcock|
|2009/10||David Pulley||Simon Allen||Andy Lawes||Chris Woodcock|
|2008/09||David Pulley||Simon Allen||Andy Lawes||Chris Woodcock|
|2007/08||Lester Selmes||Simon Allen||Andy Lawes||Chris Woodcock|
|2006/07||Lester Selmes||Simon Allen||Dave Wright||Andy Lawes|
|2005/06||Andy Lawes||Simon Allen||Dave Wright||Lester Selmes|
|2004/05||Andy Lawes||Simon Allen||Dave Wright||Chris Woodcock|
|2003/04||Andy Lawes||Simon Allen||Dave Wright||Marcus Croft|
|2001/02||Andy Lawes||Marcus Croft||Dave Wright||Phil Marston|
|2000/01||Andy Lawes||Marcus Croft||Sarah Dowsett||Doug Hastings|
ESAS prides itself in being a members orientated society. It is a society run by its members for its members and all of our members are welcome to assist in helping our Society in achieving its aims and objectives. There are many tasks, large and small, where you can help ESAS and the amount of time you give is entirely at your discretion.
Outreach and STEM Ambassadors
Our Society has an enviable reputation for providing outreach to schools, clubs, festivals, etc., and amateur astronomers to commercial events such as the Telescope Clinics at the Observatory Science Centre for which we receive a donation to the Society. This money is ploughed back into the society to improve events, e.g. to pay for our meeting’s speakers, better equipment (telescopes/sound/projectors) for use at events, as well as Dark Site maintenance, BBQs, etc.
DRB screening/STEM Ambassador status is required for volunteers at events where children or vulnerable adults are present. We hope that members with telescope/observing experience will consider undertaking the simple STEM application process and then volunteering to help at our outreach events. If you need guidance with the STEM process, please ask – we can help. For info, see www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors
As every one of us that currently volunteers for these events can confirm, outreach events are a two-way process; the visitors learn something from us and we invariably learn something too – whether it’s from our visitors or from each other. And outreach is very enjoyable – hearing a visitor exclaim “Wow!” when they see Saturn through a telescope for the first time is such a great feeling!
To continue meeting our obligations at all these events our Outreach Co-ordinator needs to know about every event in which you are asked to participate so that we can avoid sending too many volunteers or, worst of all, double-booking or failing to provide the expected number of people.
For those members who have a little more time you might consider joining one of the ESAS committees and take the opportunity to help shape the future of our Society. Our Executive Committee is elected each year by our members at our AGM. There is also scope to become a co-opted member of the Executive Committee.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Executive Committee you will need to (i) be 18 years of age or over at the time of the election (ii) be a member of ESAS at the time of the election and for the previous twelve months (iii) be not barred from acting as a Director of a company and (iv) download and complete our Nomination Form and return it to the our Secretary, at least four weeks before the next AGM. The Society's governing documents are our constitution and the Charity Commissioners Trustee guidance documents listed below. Lastest versions of the Trustee documents can be found on the Charity Commissioners website. The versions below are current at Spring 2018.
(iii) It is also advisable to read Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25)
If you have any questions about helpng our Society please speak with the Society Secretary, Treasurer or Chairman who can provide you with more information. Their details can be found here.