Five Minutes with the Vice-President

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Next up in our interviews with the Council of Management is our Vice-President Ben St Quintin…

What is your role on the Council of Management?

I am the Vice President for 2014-15 and will assume the role of President in April 2015.

What does your role involve?

My primary role is to support the current President, Karl Brown, in delivering his aims and objectives, whilst also learning as much as possible about the role before I take over next year!

I organize and Chair the monthly Council of Management (CoM) meetings and assist fellow CoM members as required.

I have also started planning the monthly members meetings for the 2015-16 year, an important part of the President’s remit.  Bristol Green Capital 2015 is a fantastic opportunity for Bristol to promote itself at a national and global level and is a major element of my plans for next year.

Why did you want to be involved in the Council of Management?

After admiring the work of previous Council of Management members for almost two years, I decided to stand for a Council of Management position, to build on the great work of my predecessors and lead the BJC in 2015-16.

When I first moved to Bristol, the rugby club I played for was my main source of networking.  After my rugby ‘career’ was curtailed by injury I became more and more involved with the BJC and the unrivaled networking opportunities the organization has to offer.

What opportunities has this brought to you or new skills have you developed?

Being part of the Council of Management has allowed me to improve my leadership and management skills and also presented many opportunities to work with the key business and political leaders in Bristol.

What has been the best thing about being on the Council of Management?

The American Physicist Frank Wilczek once said, ‘If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake’.

The best thing about being on the Council of Management is the completely unique challenge it provides, to lead a group of young professionals and shape the future of Bristol for the better.