Volunteer Opportunities

Inspire the next generation. Boost your CV. Help grow the profile of the business continuity and resilience industry.

Volunteer Opportunities

Exciting volunteer opportunities await you with the BCI! 
Join us in our mission to elevate the business continuity and resilience industry to new heights and play a vital role in shaping its future. By volunteering with us, you will have the unique opportunity to influence decision-making, expand your professional network, and gain new experiences. Not only will you have the chance to strengthen your own professional profile, but you will also have the chance to learn new skills and achieve your continuing professional development (CPD) objectives. Furthermore, you will have the chance to share ideas and discuss challenges with like-minded professionals, gaining valuable insights into best practices and how others have successfully dealt with issues in the field.

Gain experience by volunteering

As a membership organization, we need volunteers to drive our wide range of activities and initiatives forward. Our volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that we can continue to promote the importance of business continuity and resilience within organizations. 
There are many ways you can contribute; you can act as an ambassador for the BCI, promoting the benefits of membership and encouraging others to get involved. You can also get involved in organizing events, such as networking opportunities, which provide valuable learning and networking opportunities for members. Additionally, you can contribute to our publications, such as articles, by writing pieces or providing expert insights. You can also participate in research studies, which provide valuable insights into the industry and help shape the direction of the BCI.

Grow your profile in the BCI community and share your knowledge with our global network. We’re always looking for quality content to publish on our website.
These contributions can take various forms:

  • Articles/News – contribute to the BCI content, and share your insights with a global audience. For our hints and tips, click here.
  • Webinars ­– interested in hosting a webinar for the BCI? We’re open to contributions. Webinars normally last around an hour with a 40-minute presentation and 20-minute Q&A.
  • Research papers – we publish industry-leading research for business continuity and resilience professionals. If you have a research or analysis piece you want to write, let us know.

To help you, we have devised some hints and tips for blog writing:

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Chapter Community Groups

Join our dynamic chapter community groups and networks of like–minded professionals. These groups, organized and run by members in local areas, provide a unique opportunity to connect with fellow BCI Members in your region and stay informed on the latest developments in business continuity and resilience. By participating in these regular community meetings, you will have the opportunity to share ideas, discuss challenges, and gain valuable insights from your peers. Not only will you expand your professional network, but you will also have the chance to stay current on industry trends and best practices.

  • To drive regional growth and elevate the profile of the BCI in their area.
  • To foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for new members, making it easy for them to get involved in the institute and connect with like-minded professionals in their region.
  • To provide opportunities for professional development through peer-to-peer learning, sharing of best practices and mentoring.
  • To create a platform for networking and collaboration with other members in the region.
  • To provide a forum for members to share their knowledge, experiences and challenges.
  • To create a sense of community and belonging among members in the region.
  • To promote the BCI's mission and values in the region.

Contact your local chapter group via their designated “Contact us” mailbox if you are interested in joining the chapter committee or want to support their activities.

BCI Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The BCI Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a valuable resource for members looking to connect with like-minded professionals and deepen their knowledge in specific areas of business continuity and resilience. These groups provide a forum for members to share their expertise and experiences, discuss challenges, and gain insights into best practices. By joining a SIG, members can stay current on industry trends, expand their professional network and gain access to a community of experts in their area of interest.

BCI Member Participation Groups (MPGs)

BCI Member Participation Groups (MPGs) are vital in identifying, refining, and enhancing the benefits offered to members and the wider community. Comprising of dedicated volunteer members, these groups provide valuable expertise in shaping and testing membership products and services. If you're interested in joining a group, simply download the Terms of Reference document below and follow the instructions in the "How do I join an MPG" section.

BCI Next Practice Groups

The BCI Next Practice Groups provide members with the opportunity to stay current on the latest trends and best practices in the field of business continuity and resilience. These groups offer a platform for members to share their expertise, discuss challenges, and gain insights into the future of business continuity management. By joining a Next Practice Group, members can participate in research, expand their knowledge, and professional network and contribute to the development of BCI Thought Leadership.

BCI Mentoring

Join the new BCI Mentoring and elevate your professional growth while contributing to the industry. As a BCI Mentor, you'll guide the next generation of business continuity professionals, and our mentors often report it to be one of the most rewarding experiences. Eligible MBCI or FBCI members can sign up now to become a mentor. As a BCI Mentee, you'll receive guidance and support from experienced industry professionals. Don't miss this opportunity to advance your career and make a lasting impact on the industry.

BCI Awards Judges

BCI awards judges are responsible for upholding the highest standards and integrity of the BCI Awards, and ensuring that the selection process is fair and unbiased. The role of the judges is crucial to the success of the awards program and helps to recognize and promote excellence in the field of business continuity and resilience.

As a judge for the BCI Awards, you will have the opportunity to showcase your experience and knowledge, while also inspiring others to join the field. Your role as a judge will be recognized on the BCI website, and you will have access to annual virtual training and networking opportunities. Additionally, time spent as a judge can count towards your self-reflection entry for your Continued Professional Development (CPD) and Community Contribution for FBCI membership. To be eligible, judges must hold the BCI Certification of MBCI or higher and maintain BCI Membership. Apply now to be a part of the BCI Awards and to contribute to the development of the industry.

Schools Engagement with Inspiring the Future

Help the BCI promote a more resilient world, by introducing future generations to professional resilience. In the UK, we work with “Inspiring the Future” to do this.

Inspiring the Future work with thousands of professionals across different sectors who visit schools and colleges to talk about their careers and how they got where they are today.

Use your experience in business continuity and resilience to encourage future generations to work in the industry. Most volunteers do one visit a year.