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.

The aims of BCI Chapters are to create a space that allows members and industry professionals to:

  • Drive regional growth and elevate the profile of the BCI in their area.
  • 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.
  • Provide opportunities for professional development through peer-to-peer learning, sharing of best practices and mentoring.
  • Create a platform for networking and collaboration with other members in the region.
  • Provide a forum for members to share their knowledge, experiences and challenges.
  • Create a sense of community and belonging among members in the region.
  • Promote the BCI's mission and values in the region as well as awareness of the BCI, training and education opportunities and thought leadership activities.
  • Learn about the latest developments and contribute to it within the profession.
  • Identify and develop relationships with national & local government departments, educational institutes, local associations, and local business networks.

Benefits of Volunteering for the BCI Chapters: 

  • Demonstrate and develop your leadership skills and knowledge, which can be beneficial for career advancement as well as advancing your CPD. 
  • Expand your professional network and increase your visibility: you will have the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the industry, both locally and globally, and build meaningful relationships that can benefit you. 
  • Opportunity to influence and shape the future of business continuity and resilience within the Institute and profession.
  • Contribution to Chapter volunteering can be used as evidence of a Significant Voluntary contribution requirement for an FBCI application, further enhancing your credentials within the industry.
  • Eligible to participate in the annual Chapter Leaders Meeting exclusively for Leaders of Chapters.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the professional body and make a positive impact on the industry.

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 . 


Chapter Elections 

As part of our commitment to supporting our chapters and committees and furthering the BCI's strategy for the benefit of our members, we are excited to introduce the process for the elections of Chapter Leader/Vice Leader.
This opportunity allows members in various regions to contribute with their skills and experience in shaping the future of BCI and the resilience profession. We encourage all members who are eligible to consider serving as a chapter leader when the opportunity arises to make a positive impact on BCI's initiatives.

The election process for Leader/Vice Leader for the chapters’ committee provides an excellent opportunity for you to contribute to the growth and development of your local chapter by choosing the leaders who will shape its future. These leaders will play a pivotal role in advancing the profession and fostering collaboration among our members.

BCI Chapter Elections

 

Below, you'll find all the information you need to enter an election. 

Eligibility

  • Must be willing to make a positive contribution to the Institute's goals and commit time to serving the chapter.
  • Must be a certified BCI Member, i.e., hold a current voting membership at AMBCI, MBCI, Hon MBCI, FBCI or Hon FBCI level.
  • Must not be an employee or volunteer role holder for the DRII.
  • Must not have any personal financial ownership interest or management role in a BCI training partner at either a global or regional level.
  • Must not work for the same organisation as each other – no more than two members from the same organisation in a Chapter.

Visit our Governance page for more information.

Voting period

Once the nomination period ends, voting will begin if enough nominations are received. For example, if two or more nominations are submitted for the leader position . All BCI voting members in the region will have the opportunity to vote electronically. Eligible members will receive an email communication requesting them to cast their votes. 

Canvassing and soliciting of votes

The BCI’s Bylaws prohibit canvassing or soliciting votes. If a candidate is found canvassing for votes, their nomination will be removed from the election and all votes disregarded.

Announcement of results

Following the completion of the voting period, the results will be announced to the membership.

The role of the Leader/ Vice Leader

This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Act as a liaison between the Chapter committee members and the BCI.
  • Building and maintaining a strong and engaged local chapter membership base.
  • Facilitating member engagement and encouraging members to participate in BCI's global activities.
  • Planning and organizing chapter events, such as meetings, networking events, and highlighting thought leadership and BCI education opportunities.
  • Recruiting and mentoring new chapter committee members as needed – ensuring there is a succession plan.
  • Encouraging members to achieve professional certifications, such as the CBCI, AMBCI, MBCI, and FBCI.
If you are a Chapter Leader or Vice-Leader, it is important to set aside dedicated time to effectively fulfil your duties. Please be aware that this is a voluntary, unpaid role. On average, you will need to devote a few hours each month, as well as attend physical or virtual Chapter meetings as determined by the committee. Meetings are typically held on Microsoft Teams, and the BCI staff at the central office will provide comprehensive support to ensure your success.