Get involved

Are you passionate about meeting other professionals, improving existing skills and learning new ones, developing your career, and helping ALARM flourish?

We offer many opportunities to get involved in ALARM, which is run for members, by members. Join our member teams who advise on sector specific content; oversee quality control of our outputs; organise events and webinars; lead on technical publications; or become a Board Director and shape the future of the association.

Here's what our members have to say 

As a member of the Midlands Committee, I see first-hand how events are put together, how the topical and emerging issues are identified, and the advantage of exploring those issues to the benefit of a wider group. My experience is that being involved in a region builds you long-standing and close contacts.

Karen Seabright

Powys County Council

 

My Board involvement gives me enhanced credibility back at West Yorkshire Police. I enjoy networking with members and sponsors and to use my experience and knowledge to support others. Being on the Board has given me an in depth knowledge of ALARM operations and strategic oversight.

Beverley Nichol

West Yorkshire Police

ALARM provides access to a wide range of training and guidance that I have helped shape during my time on the ALARM Board. I have recently joined the newly established Higher Education Committee which has offered an amazing platform to network with other professionals in the sector.

Chris Walker

Durham University

Ad hoc opportunities

If you are available for a limited time only or have reduced capacity, just want to dip your toe in the water or just want to focus on one sector or one area of expertise or interest, here are some ad hoc opportunities that might work for you.

  • Join a working group to develop a technical guide or report. Look in on a brainstorming session, help write a section, contribute a case study, or proofread content. Typically working groups meet once a month over a three month period, with actions assigned after each meeting.
  • Write a web article. Web articles are 500 to 800 words and highlight the latest news, trends and developments in sectors and work areas, and across member organisations. Or introduce yourself to the membership in our Meet the Member feature.
  • Write a stronger article. stronger is our quarterly journal featuring long form printed content. Articles range from 1,000 to 2,200 words and include practitioner case studies and best practice articles. You may want to write one of our regular features: How To, or Smart Guide. Or put yourself forward as our Member Profile.
  • Present a virtual or in-person session. Speakers usually present for 30 to 40 minutes with ten to 20 minutes for questions and discussions. Virtual sector specific sessions take place every Thursday lunchtime and we run three major in-person conferences a year.

If you have a story to tell or case study to share, do get in touch with the ALARM Office.

Join the Board

The ALARM Board consists of elected and appointed volunteer directors from the membership. They are responsible for the operational management, strategic planning and business sustainability of ALARM.

The role of an ALARM director is exciting, interesting and rewarding. It provides a fantastic opportunity to develop leadership and negotiation skills, functional and business skills, and great contacts. You can help shape the strategy and future of our vibrant professional association.

The Board is legally and ethically responsible for all of ALARM’s activities, including:

  • Defining our vision and priorities through short, medium and long-term planning.
  • Adopting an annual budget and providing robust financial oversight.
  • Evaluating our performance and success in delivering our objectives.
  • Establishing policies and procedures to ensure ongoing effective management.

The Board has ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the association. Therefore, there are decisions the board makes that are crucial to ALARM thriving, including: recruitment and retention of members and sponsors, development and oversight of its offering, and organisational resilience and sustainability.

What are we looking for in a board director?

We are looking for enthusiastic team players, willing to work at a strategic level, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will be committed to ALARM’s ideals and have a broad knowledge of risk or insurance and have the ability to complete tasks within agreed timeframes.

Experience, or an understanding, of developing business plans, project management, or managing budgets would be of advantage, however, these skills can be developed as part of your role as board director.

Board director responsibilities and commitments to ALARM are:

  • To understand, contribute to and promote our vision and priorities to members, sponsors and partners.
  • To act as an ambassador for ALARM, representing the Board at events and meetings.
  • To be familiar with our business plan, policies, and committee structures.
  • To engage with sponsors and partners, including the identification of potential new sponsors and partners.
  • To read and digest papers in advance of meetings to ensure active participation and to take ownership of assigned tasks and projects.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of some of the key issues our member face.
  • To strictly adhere to conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.
  • To act as brand guardians of ALARM and ensure familiarity with the brand and style guidelines.
  • To ensure ALARM is financially sound, well governed, and effectively managing risks.

Board director duties include:

  • Actively contribute to board meetings, providing updates and drafting papers and reports where required
  • Attend and participate in sponsor renewal and review meetings
  • Represent ALARM at networking events
  • Contribute to industry consultations
  • Input into guidance documents and publications
  • Contribute to focus group actions and projects
  • Attend regional events and annual conferences, chairing sessions as required
  • Undertake judging of ALARM Risk Awards entries
  • Respond to queries and requests within required timescales.
What are the benefits of being a board director?

Being a board director can be extremely rewarding.

In return for your time and commitment, benefits include:

  • Shaping the products, services and benefits we offer to our members
  • Gaining invaluable experience of operating at a senior level
  • Working as part of a committed and supportive team
  • Enhancing your communication, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Making a difference to the success of the organisation
  • High quality CPD and job satisfaction
  • Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses provided.
What commitment is required?

Our board directors are volunteers, so do not receive any financial remuneration for their time and commitment. Directors give their own time, or work time (with the permission of employers), to carry out their duties and responsibilities.

The following is an example of the commitment required:

  • Attendance and participation at board meetings – six days per year
  • Preparation for board meetings (author papers and reports, digest meeting packs) – four days per year
  • Representation at meetings and annual conferences – four days per year (including four overnight stays)
  • Attendance and participation at annual planning days – one day per year
  • Development, delivery and monitoring of assigned projects – four days per year
  • Meeting with current and potential sponsors to maintain stronger stakeholder relationships – three days per year.

Approximate minimum time commitment – 22 days per year.

How do I join?

Elections take place every year in June or July at the ALARM AGM. Invitations for expressions of interest are issued in April.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a board director, get in contact with our board directors who are happy to share their experience and answer your questions.