Having been a member of the UK Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies since 2009, I was elected to the Executive Committee in 2016. I am currently a member of the Development Sub-Committee. This involves organising public lectures, evaluating applications for the Society’s grants and trying to understand better the ways that the Society can serve its members in the future.
In addition, I have managed the creation since March 2017 of the Bryer Postgraduate Travel Fund, in memory of Prof. Anthony Bryer, raising £13,500 so far and creating a sustainable financial and administrative place for the fund within the larger portfolio of the SPBS. At present I administer the fund as its Secretary and was delighted in 2019 to issue its first award. The Fund exists to support innovative, experimental and adventurous research by post-graduate researchers in Byzantine studies. In particular, it exists to enable travel for research beyond the scope of conference grants or other structured events. For information about applying for this award please see the SPBS website.