SIG Sponsors

From 2017 onward, all Mercian SIGs were assigned a Steering Group Sponsor, to provide communication, advocacy and representational benefits to all. Sponsors champion and represent each SIG’s interests, activities and concerns to the Steering Group and Director Board. They also benefit group chairs by providing an experienced and director-level critical friend to offer feedback on planned SIG activities. Additionally, sponsors help SIG chairs recognise potential overlaps and synergies between their endeavours and those of other groups, along with how these relate to the Collaboration’s strategic aspirations.

Sponsors benefit the Collaboration through increasing awareness of emerging support needs, while also increasing recognition of SIG achievements and ongoing efforts at the Directors Board level. Additionally, sponsors assist the Development Officer in ensuring SIGs meet Collaboration governance, reporting, and strategic alignment requirements. Notably, the Development Officer continues to act as the quotidian primary coordination, liaison and operational link for all SIG chairs and members

Sponsor & SIG Chair Responsibilities

Chairs and sponsors should periodically exchange informal updates on group and Collaboration activities respectively, highlighting any concerns or where guidance may be required. SIG Chairs should especially highlight to their sponsor any forthcoming events or tangible endeavours, even where there are no resource implications. Wherever practical, the Development Officer should participate in any exchanges between sponsors and chairs.

Sponsors are also expected to attend one SIG committee meeting annually, and through membership of the respective group’s mailing list, keep themselves appraised of current topics of interest. Sponsors are not required to actively participate in group discussions, unless their input would especially benefit, clarify or encourage the SIG’s work.

In this manner, sponsors can represent and report on group activities to Steering Group and Directors Board, on behalf of SIG chairs. They can also aid in cascading information about SIGs, events or activities to the Collaboration’s membership and institutional stakeholders.

Current SIG Sponsors (2019-2021)

  • Conference Group (CG): Emma Walton
  • Copyright Group (MCG): Chris Porter
  • Deputies & Senior Staff Group (D&SSG): Diane Job
  • Marketing & Communications Group (MarComsG): Mark Toole
  • Mercian Disability Forum (MDF): Diane Job
  • Mercian Metadata Group (MMG): Susan Ackermann
  • RDM Support Group (RDMSG): Simon Bevan
  • Staff Development Group (MSDG): Chris Porter

Groups with a pending sponsor assignment, should contact the Development Officer or Collaboration Chair for support or information.


Note: For information on corporate sponsorship of our annual conference, please see our conference sponsorship policy.