SENSE Organization

SENSE is managed by an Executive Committee (EC) comprised of volunteers who serve for up to two terms of three years. The EC handles the daily operations of the Society, ensuring that the website and forum run smoothly. The EC also administers the finances and the membership, and arranges a full annual programme of professional development activities, publications, and social networking events.

The EC aims to conduct the Society’s business with clarity, in a professional and transparent manner. The EC is forward-looking and continuously develops strategies for the future, not just to keep SENSE up with the times but to ensure that our resources stay useful and accessible. The EC also ensures that the Society's development opportunities reflect the scope and interests of our membership.

The EC meets every two months. Members can download the summaries of the minutes of EC meetings in the website's online library.

SENSE holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the first quarter of every year. At the AGM, the budget is reviewed and new members are elected to the EC (if applicable), among other matters. The AGM is usually well-attended, as it provides a popular opportunity to catch up with fellow members. Prior to each AGM, members can download a copy of the AGM Bulletin, as well as an AGM motion form and EC nomination form (as they become available).

Volunteers are the lifeblood of SENSE. Volunteers are mentioned on a separate gallery that lists the various teams, committees and activities where volunteers are involved.

John Linnegar a.i.  

    Chair: The is our spokesperson and represents the Society in public. He is responsible for overseeing Executive Committee (EC) activities in general; chairing EC meetings and the Annual General Meeting (AGM); monitoring the progress of activities between EC meetings; and representing the EC if a dispute between members within the Society arises.
Margreet de Roo

  Secretary: As SENSE Secretary, Margreet deals with the incoming mail and general society business. She compiles and circulates the agenda and minutes of EC meetings and the Annual General Meeting. In addition, the Secretary prepares the AGM Bulletin and, if necessary, checks progress made on key action points between meetings.
The SENSE secretary also processes new membership applications and communicates with members to address queries and assist with member-related issues.
Marianne Alfenaar 

  Treasurer: Marianne is responsible for the Society's financial matters. She coordinates the Annual Budget, and monitors and maintains the Society’s overall financial health. She also advises the EC on spending.
Ashley Cowles 


Content manager: Ashley is responsible for the blog and newsletter. She works closely with the Web Manager, the Social Media coordinator, and a team of writers and editors to ensure that relevant content is published on SENSE’s various communication channels.

John Linnegar

  Member-At-Large: John has a number of roles within the EC, including intersociety liaison and the best practices handbook. John also leads the 2020 Conference team.
Vacant    Professional Development Coordinator: plans and organises SENSE's professional development offering and participates in the PDD and conference teams. Please contact the CPD coordinator if you have any suggestions for future trainers or workshops.
Maaike Leenders 

  SIG & Social Events Coordinator: Maaike is the EC liaison with the SIGs (Special Interest Groups). She also organizes SENSE's social events and maintains close contact with the membership to pick up ideas for new speakers and meeting topics.
Marieke Krijnen

  Social Media Coordinator: Marieke is responsible for the Society’s communication on social media. She works closely with the social media team and EC members to advertise SENSE events, publish SENSE content, communicate with the SENSE online community, and curate online information relevant to language professionals.
Samuel Murray

  Web Manager: Samuel assists the EC in strategic planning for the website. He oversees the SENSE website and coordinates with our external developer to ensure that the website runs smoothly, is up-to-date, and meets the Society's needs. He coordinates the team of website helpers.