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TitanCon 2013 Committee

Constitution

On 25 January 2013 the TitanCon committee voted to adopt a Constitution which we believe will guide us towards making TitanCon a convention that is truly by the fans and for the fans. Those aren't just meaningless words or lip service, TitanCon will be a convention that belongs to it's members, the people that attend every year and the Management Committee will act as custodians working on their behalf to organise and run TitanCon.

You may wonder why we would voluntarily opt to do this? Why create a set of rules that could potentially allow us to be removed and lose control of this event we created? One reason is to make sure we as a committee are doing a good job, that we are running the convention the way our members would want us to. That oversight and validation will help TitanCon to achieve it's aims and fulfil it's objective. Another reason is to allow for transparency so that members can verify that we are running TitanCon as a not-for-profit group in a legal and correct manner. The process of committee election will allow new blood and fresh ideas to enter into the organisation and should ensure that TitanCon continues to exist for many years to come.

With two years experience under our belt we feel that now is the right time for TitanCon to adopt a more formal organisational structure. When we first started our attendees were from the Brotherhood Without Banners, or they were from Winter-is-Coming, or they were with The Other Ones, or maybe just individuals not part of any group. We were separate. But over the last two years new friendships have been forged, people that get together and meet up at TitanCon. Our most committed members are becoming part of a new community grown from this convention. I think we're now at a point where we can collectively say we are TitanCon.

Please take this opportunity to read the TitanCon Constitution (PDF).

As a Constituted Group we are required to hold an Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) for our Members which will include the election of committee members for the following year. Please see our A.G.M. page for more details about this process.

TitanCon 2013 Committee Members


Phil Lowles ~ Chairperson ~ Programming Director

theMountainGoat

theMountainGoat pictured with Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) and Emma Andrews (Drapes dept) at TitanCon 2012. Photo taken by Jim Corr.

Phil Lowles, better known online as theMountainGoat, is Programming Director of TitanCon and also takes on the duties of webmaster. He was co-chair of TitanCon 2011 and 2012. Phil works for Macmillan Publishers as a Web Developer for Nature Magazine and related titles such as the British Journal of Cancer. His web skills were put to good use creating this website for TitanCon. If you need further proof of Phil's geek-cred he worked at the Games Workshop Design Studio in Nottingham as an Assistant Games Designer for 10 months back in 1995.

Phil has been lurking around the Westeros forum for almost ten years and started getting involved with BWB events after going to Worldcon 2008 in Denver. At Worldcon 2009 in Montreal he organised the first BWB AWESOME Book Raffle Prize Draw Thing which raised CA $204 for Children's literacy charity Teachers & Writers Collaborative (www.twc.org). In Melbourne Australia at Worldcon 2010 the raffle raised a staggering AUS $1144 thanks to the incredible generosity of authors who donated great prizes including rare and valuable books.

Animated Timeline Map

Animated Timeline Map for A Song of Ice and Fire by theMountainGoat.

Phil organised another of these book raffles at the first Belfast Moot in 2009 raising £175 ($288). Phil took on chief organising duties for Belfast Moot 2 in 2010, this time the raffle raised another £377 which was split between charities TWC and Action Cancer Belfast. Please see our About TitanCon page for more details on the Moots.

Phil runs a youth group in Basingstoke, England which involves organising, planning and budgeting events and trips. All useful transferable skills for being involved in the organisation of TitanCon.

Amongst Phil's many website projects is a Flash based Animated Timeline Map for A Song of Ice and Fire which attempts to show the where and when of characters and events during the series. This huge project is a long way from being finished but has great potential to be an invaluable resource for fans.

Silverjaime ~ Treasurer ~ Operations Director

Silverjaime is Operations Director of TitanCon 2013 and also takes on the duties of Treasurer. In 2011 Silverjaime was the committee secretary and last year she stepped up to become co-chair with joint responsibility for the entire convention. Silverjaime also took on Treasurer duties for TitanCon 2012 and took control of our front of house operations including all of our volunteer teams working reception, security and guest liaisons. Over the past two years she has worked extremely hard organising the TitanCon Coach Tours and medieval feasts.

Silverjaime

Silverjaime is a well known contributor to Game of Thrones fansite Winter is Coming and while she has only been actively involved with the BWB for a short time Silverjaime was instrumental in arranging the venue for Belfast Moot 2 in 2010 - putting up with all kinds of hassle from Phil in the process.

Silverjaime says she is a mother of three brilliant boys who's mad about ASOIAF, GoT and all things Whedon. Silverjaime has a wealth of experience in organising events and has participated in a large number of Joss Whedon/James Marsters conventions since 2002.

Silverjaime works as an Accounting Manager in a well known NI organisation and brings those outsanding administration and organisational skills to TitanCon.

Ian Lawther ~ Secretary ~ Technical Director

Ian Lawther

Ian photographed with Scott Bakula at Star Trek Con in Las Vegas 2010.

Ian Lawther is Technical Director of TitanCon. He was co-chair of TitanCon 2011 and in 2012 took on the role of committee secretary. Ian has been instrumental in securing our venue at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

Ian has considerable experience with organising SF/F conventions and was involved with three MECONs and was the 2008 Chair. Ian runs the Belfast City Council's Learning and Development Centre were he has worked for 6 years. Ian has also spoken at several Disability events for both the Belfast City Council and Disability Action.

In his spare time Ian runs The Other Ones, a science fiction, fantasy and gaming society based in Belfast. The Other Ones are a friendly and active group of fans who meet every Wednesday evening in Bar Twelve, opposite the Empire/Botanic Train Station, Belfast. They also hold regular gaming sessions and cinema trips to see the latest SF/F releases. Anyone looking for like minded SF/F fans in Belfast is welcome to come along to any of their meetings and get involved.


Jackie MacPherson ~ Guest Liaison Supervisor

Jackie MacPherson

Jackie MacPherson photographed with guests at TitanCon 2011 including Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Art Parkinson, Miltos Yerolemou and Kristian Nairn. Photo taken by Jim Corr.

Jackie has attended conventions for 13 years, stewarding at some. Jackie was an early visitor to Winter-is-Coming and has been been on the Westeros boards since 2005 and first met George RR Martin when he did a book signing in Glasgow during WorldCon. One of her Game of Thrones highlights is seeing most of the cast during the filming of the pilot episode at Doune Castle. That experience led to her booking a flight to Belfast that week and attending the first Moot at McHughs. After that there was no turning back. Jackie has worked on the guest liaison team at both previous TitanCons.

Jackie won the TitanCon 2011 Masquerade dressed as Hodor carrying Bran in a basket. Last year she helped organise the TitanCon 2012 competition.

She works at Scotland's oldest University as a computing officer.


Lis Beasley ~ Administration

Lis Beasley

When Lis first came to TitanCon 2011 she volunteered to help but in her email she said she was quite shy and didn't want to be too involved. That quickly changed and now I wonder whatever happened to that shyness? Lis was our Volunteers Co-ordinator at TitanCon 2012 and she did such a wonderful job that we are promoting her to Committee Secretary. I'm sure those of you who were on Coach One, sorry Coach Fun, last year will remember the great job Lis did with making announcements and getting the whole coach singing.

Lis has worked in administration roles for over 10 years and her current role as a Performance Specialist for the NHS means she's used to challenges. Lis has strong organisational skills and has a list for practically everything.

She had been going to conventions as an attendee for a long time before taking the leap and offering to help at TitanCon in 2011. Lis has been part of charity events in the past such as fairs and sponsored walks and is currently an active member in her local LGBT group.