Volunteer support is crucial to STEP, but it can also offer real benefits to those who get involved.
STEP's governing bodies and committees, and its worldwide network of regions, branches and chapters are all run by members: volunteers who offer their time and expertise to provide essential direction, leadership, guidance, development and support for the Society.
There are so many ways to get involved – either at a local, national or an international level. From joining your local branch committee to taking part in regional or international working groups and committees – there are opportunities for everyone.
Beyond committees there are lots of other ways to participate too:
- Join a Special Interest Group, or express an interest in joining a SIG Steering Committee or in sponsoring/hosting/speaking at SIG Events
- Share your knowledge and experience on the STEP Forum
- Comment on Journal articles and blog posts
- Volunteer for speaking at events and in webcasts
- Submit an article for consideration for the STEP Journal or TQR
- Participate in our online communities: STEP LinkedIn/Twitter/Facebook/Google+
So what’s in it for you? There are real benefits to getting involved with STEP:
Improve your skill-set
- Develop a range of skills you would not necessarily learn in your day job
- Broaden your knowledge base in technical areas that may not otherwise be your primary focus
Boost your career
- Build valuable relationships with other professionals
- Raise your professional profile
- Showcase your expertise and share knowledge with other professionals
Have a say in STEP’s strategic direction
- Take an active role in STEP’s development
- Recommend and input on public policy
- Get involved with current debates on industry issues
- Discuss public and confidential matters with leading experts in the field
The best way to get involved is to speak to your local branch chair (listed on the individual branch/chapter pages) or contact the STEP office. Start by letting us know what you have to offer and we can go from there.
Don't just take our word for it
This is what some of our members say about their involvement with STEP's committees:
Richard Frimston, Public Policy Committee: 'The committee tries to look over the horizon and see what is going to come up and hit us in the next year or two. I find it fascinating to see the way that similar ideas about tax information exchange, beneficial ownership and money laundering are discussed at the EU, OECD and UN. Knowing more about what is coming up the track is extremely valuable professionally. Getting better acquainted with other STEP members from around the world who are also looking at these issues is also very rewarding.'
Ian Macdonald, Professional Development Committee:'Most students and members join STEP for the education it offers, whether to achieve the STEP Diploma, keep up-to-date with CPD or extend their knowledge through specialist and advanced qualifications. Being a member of the Professional Development Committee puts you at the forefront of STEP's work and allows you to bring your specialist knowledge and perspective to its educational offering. Through serving on the committee, I have learned a lot about how members advise individuals and families in different parts of the world, met many interesting and committed people, and helped my own branch and colleagues to get much more out of STEP.'
Peter Pexton, Membership Committee:'Serving on the Membership Committee has been a stimulating and enjoyable experience. It involves a commitment of time and energy, but gives great insight into how STEP works and enables you to make a positive and practical contribution to the future success of the Society. Through my service on the committee, I have gained a much greater awareness of trends developing in the trust and estate industry, and I have extended my network of contacts throughout the world through working together as committee colleagues.'