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 eight office-based volunteers at the moment - from an ex-staff member to an nonagenarian! 

As most staff work part-time, we don't have many opportunities to all be together. These photos are from a work Christmas function:

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

INTRODUCING BDS STAFF 


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Barbara - BDS Manager

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



debbiethumbDebbie - Finance (part-time)

Debbie primarily 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.



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Megan - Promotions (part-time)

Megan publicises the scheme and updates our website and Facebook page.



cheriethumbnail2Cherie - Administration (part-time)

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



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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.


 

GOVERNANCE 

The following people volunteer their time to oversee the organisation. On behalf of the FWEA, they 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
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