The BYM Committee Handbook is an essential resource for any member of a BYM committee. Paper copies are available upon request from the BYM Nominations Team.

Committee Handbook online version


Resources referenced in the BYM Committee Handbook

(October 2016 version)

Chapter 1: Being a member of a national committee

  1. Our faith in the future
  2. Britain Yearly Meeting Communications Strategy - please ask your committee secretary.
  3. Speaking out as Quakers: advice for meetings
  4. Guidance on public statements - Qf&p 3.27 and 3.28
  5. Quaker service information form (QSIF)

Chapter 2: The broad role and function of committees

  1. Our faith in the future
  2. Britain Yearly Meeting Operational Plan - please ask your committee secretary.
  3. Quakers in Britain: a short guide to our structures
  4. Directory of services (also available from your meeting library)
  5. Making good decisions (appendix 2 of 'Making decisions in Meeting for Sufferings: a report by Meting for Sufferings Committee Working Group on the Decision-Making Process of Meeting for Sufferings, 2006

Please contact your committee secretary for your committee terms of reference and policy papers and minutes.

Chapter 3: Governance

  1. Our faith in the future
  2. Quakers in Britain: a short guide to our structures
  3. Governing document of Britain Yearly Meeting
  4. Quaker faith & practice
  5. For more on gospel order see:

Chapter 4: The relationship between committees and staff

  1. Trustees, committee members and individual Friends: guidance on contact with staff - Management Meeting 21/3/06

Chapter 5: Some specific issues

  1. 'Managing conflicts of interest'. BYM Trustees paper T07/03/3
  2. Britain Yearly Meeting policy on data safety and information security
  3. Britain Yearly Meeting complaints procedure

Chapter 6: Clerking a national committee

  1. Quaker faith & practice chapter 3
  2. Woodbrooke courses and events programme, email enquiries@woodbrooke.org.uk
  3. Morley, Barry (1993) Beyond consensus: salvaging sense of the meeting. Pendle Hill Pamphlet 307. Wallingford (PA): Pendle Hill. Available from the .
  4. Quaker Service Information form (QSIF)

Contact us

Paper copies are available upon request from the BYM Nominations Team.

Please contact us by email nominations@quaker.org.uk or phone 020 7663 1121.