Beacon People – Frank Bailey

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Beacon People is a series of posts about u3a volunteers working on the Beacon project. Today we feature Frank Bailey, the Beacon national support lead. Frank's role is demanding. Not only does he oversee the current Beacon system but he's also the senior member of the Beacon 2 team. This is what Frank told Beacon News.

What is your name?

Frank Bailey.

What u3a do you belong to?

Ripon and District.

What is your role in the Beacon team?

National support lead.

What does your role entail?

With the help of the Beacon Project Executive Officer and the support of eight Beacon Management Team leaders,
I ensure that current Beacon system is being maintained and that the Beacon Two development program is on track and that our suppliers have all the information that they require to deliver the product. The Beacon Team are working hard to make sure that all 446 u3a's using Beacon and their 220,000 members are supported.

What do you like best about your work with the Beacon team?

Motivating people to think out of the box, no issue is unsurmountable , there is always a solution.

What are your greatest challenges?

Ensuring the work is delivered from the supplier in a timely manner and reflects the needs of u3a's.
Providing a system which u3a members can use to effectively manage their u3a's and benefit their members.

What message do you have for Beacon users??

Beacon2 is being developed to cover all existing elements of Beacon with the addition of an upgraded finance system.
All this and an integrated website, where members can receive detail of things that they are interested in or involved with at point of log on.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Finally I would like to say thank you to all of the Beacon Team for their hard work and patience during the specification and development phase of Beacon2 and to all the u3a members who have provided us with suggestions and ideas of how Beacon can be improved.