About BDS

Staff & Volunteers

Day-to-day management of BDS

A manager and small team of part-time staff oversee the day-to-day operations of BDS, which has its office in Sydenham, Christchurch.

Volunteers help to cover new books, repair books, and review potential titles. We have seven office-based volunteers at the moment - from an ex-staff member to an octogenarian! 

Another 50+ people throughout the country are part of our (volunteer) Readers Network, which assesses books for inclusion into the scheme.

As most of our staff work part-time, we don't have many opportunities to all be together. These photos are from a 'meal and movie' evening in August 2018 (absent are Shelagh & Annie (staff) and Ginny (volunteer)):

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Barbara - BDS Manager

Barbara manages the staff and oversees development and the efficient running of the scheme.

  Kirsty - Accounts Administrator (part-time)

   Our accounts role deals with membership and monetary matters, and provides customer service.

Shelagh - Booknotes Coordinator (part-time)

Shelagh oversees the production of discussion notes for titles to the scheme.

Renee BlacdkburnRenee - Promotions (part-time)

Renee manages communications and marketing for BDS, including updates to the website, the creation and distribution of e-newsletters, organising events, and the managing of the BDS Instagram and Facebook accounts.

cherie2018Cherie - Administration (part-time)

Cherie helps with the BDS database, book repairs, and administration.

Book dispatch team

Part-time dispatch staff work Monday to Saturday and are responsible for packaging book parcels and tracking inward and outward books through our computerised inventory system.



The following people volunteer as Trustees and have responsibility for governance of the organisation. All are keen book readers and members of book groups.

Beth Davies – Former Co-ordinator of NZ Book Month 

Karen Harbers – Library Manager (based in Auckland) 

Bill Hardie – Business Accountant

Derek Willis – Psychotherapist

Murray Jones – Business owner





The Book Discussion 
Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
BDS is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations