The role of the Communications Committee is to promote the activities of the Company to members and outside in the most effective way possible.
The most obvious result of its work is the production of this magazine, The Turner, which forms a written and photographic record of the past year in the Company, features to do with the craft of turning, and a welcome to new members.
The other visible and continuous face of its work is the website www.turnersco.com which carries much standing information about the Company and is also regularly updated with illustrated information about events, competitions, the craft and the Charity.
All new posts to the site are also copied to our Facebook page for easy access.
The committee also gets involved in helping to promote Company projects and initiatives that arise during the year by advising on and designing brochures, leaflets, and advertising campaigns – most recently, for example, in connection with the St Paul’s Bells Appeal.
We endeavour to make our campaigns and competitions more appealing to donors, entrants, our members and the public by ensuring a high quality of materials, photographic illustration and edited copy, alongside modern techniques of fundraising management using online media and marketing.
At the core of how the Company communicates with its members is the personal data held on our Office systems.
A concern in recent months has been to ensure that all membership details are secure and compliant with the new GDPR law which came into effect in May this year. Appropriate measures have been taken to guarantee that we are indeed ‘stage 1 compliant’, and a theme for the coming year will be to explore the best data management platform – fit for our modest needs and aspirations – going forward.
The Communications committee this year has comprised Matthew Gaved, Melissa Scott, Richard Lucas, John Khan and Rebecca Baker, all of whose efforts, skills and enthusiastic collaboration I am most grateful for.
Assistant Nigel Luson
Chairman, Communications Committee