Maggio 29, 2019 News, Notices for Members

Dear Members,

I am writing to let you know that Elisabetta Murgia has given us notice that she is standing down from her role as Secretary to the British-Italian Society.

This will be a tremendous loss to us all. Elisabetta is the public face of the BIS; and I know how much you all appreciate the patient and conscientious service that she has consistently provided to members and non-members alike. She has been a great asset to the Society (and a great support to me and the Trustees). She has often put in hours and effort - and coped with pressures – way beyond what is reasonable, but has not complained. It will not be easy for us to replace her.

We have to acknowledge, however, that this may be the right time for Elisabetta to stand down. The Society is in a stable position financially and has effective administrative processes in place for most of our operations. Elisabetta has now performed this role for 10 years. That is quite a long stint in a position, which, though designated part-time, is heavily-loaded and can prove very demanding. She has earned a break.

I am very pleased to report that we are not saying goodbye to Elisabetta completely. She intends to remain an active member of the Society. She is simply handing over the Secretary’s baton

We aim to recruit a successor to take over from Elisabetta from 1 September 2019. We are currently finalising arrangements for the recruitment process and drafting a vacancy notice. Details will appear on the BIS website, and will be circulated elsewhere, in the next few days.

In the meantime, if you happen to be interested – or know anyone who might be interested - in applying for the role of Secretary to the Society, please let us know by sending an e-mail to the inbox we have set up for applications and enquiries about the vacancy: We will then keep you informed.

I hope to see many of you at our AGM at Burlington House on Thursday 20 June, when we also have a really excellent presentation in prospect as this year’s Charles de Chassiron Memorial Lecture. Dr Sarah Quill will be talking about the making of the Merchant Ivory film of the E M Forster novel Room with a View based on her own involvement in the making of the film in Florence at the time.

Yours ever,

Richard Northern


24 May 2019