The role of the President is to represent the Society at all levels and as widely as possible, and to officiate at the Society's public meetings.
The Treasurer's primary duties are to maintain books of accounts, control the receipt and payment of cash, liase with the Society's bank and ensure annual accounts are prepared. He or She also has responsibility for budgeting for future expenditure, presenting up-to-date financial returns at Council meetings or, after notice, when required confirm the Annual Accounts Statements with two Auditors who are Members of the Society but not Members of Council.
The Finance Officer post was newly created in 2018 with an objective of securing assistance for the Treasurer
The activities and responsibilities of the Captive Breeding Committee Chair include the promotion of responsible animal keeping, helping to co-ordinate breeding projects; publication and distribution of a series of information sheets, scientific articles and the rolling book programme (7 titles to date); assist with members queries and requests for advice and help from outside organizations and individuals, as far as possible; co-ordinate and manage the CBC small grants scheme for captive breeding / conservation project collaborations with members and outside institutions; provide advice when requested ( including written submissions) to government and other organizations, with regard to herpetology and legislation.
The activities and responsibilites of the Education Committee Chair include organising meetings of the Education Commitee; promoting the interests of and providing support for the Young Herpetologists (YH); dealing with queries from YH members and, together with other Council members, promoting and facilitating education of the public on herpetological matters.
The role of the Development Officer is to assist with all matters relating to the Society's continuing development as a modern membership organisation. In particular, and as necessary, with issues concerning the website, policy and development, as well as modernising the BHS's publications strategy.
The Trade Officer has the general brief to liase with the Trade and update Council and the wider Society on significant regulatory changes - potential and actual - that may impact the interests and activities of BHS members. The Officer monitors the activities of the trade and is aware of what animals and what equipment is available. The Officer also looks at government and other authorities' activities and represents the BHS view if asked. Legal, regulatory and commercial activities form the bulk of the Officer's activity.
The Scientific Editor is responsible for the receipt and review of all manuscripts submitted to the HJ for publication. This involves liaison with authors, referees, associate editors and members of the editorial board. The Scientific Editor makes the final decisions concerning the suitability of papers for publication based on the reviews received, and forwards accepted manuscripts to the Managing Editor for processing.
All contributions should be addressed by e-mail to the scientific editor: