Pest Odyssey UK Group Terms of Reference

Name of group:

Pest Odyssey U.K.

Date of Formation:

2011

Governed by:

Steering committee, made up of:

Philip Baxter – British Museum

Val Blyth – V&A Museum

Amy Crossman – British Library

Adrian Doyle -  British Museum

Kerren Harris –  Historic Royal Palaces

Mel Houston – National Trust for Scotland

Dee Lauder – English Heritage

Julianne Phillpard – British Museum

David Pinniger – IPM consultant

Suzanne Ryder – Natural History Museum, London

Helen Smith – Tate

Jane Thompson-Webb – Birmingham Museum Trust

Alexander Walker – Bodleian Library, Oxford

Armando Mendez- Natural History Museum


The steering group consists of professionals from the cultural heritage sector with a wide experience of IPM, a personal interest and demonstrated dedication to the program and its applications. We effectively represent the cultural sector, drawn from the wide group; hence their names are attached to the institutions they belong to in all communications.

It is required for steering group members to show active participation and within the group and attend a minimum of 1 meeting annually.

Chair:

Rotating by host organisation

Secretary:

Armando Mendez NHM, London

Members:

Steering group members & all parties interested in IPM

Organisation type:

Non profit group, advocating for IPM in cultural heritage institutions. Creating collaborative networks and sharing relevant information.

Scope:

To communicate, advise and promote all aspects of IPM through annual open meetings, publications, training and a website

www.pestodyssey.co.uk

Authority:

To protect collections against pest attack by using non-invasive methods.

Terms of Reference:

Duties:

  • Promote and communicate IPM best practice
  • Share and exchange knowledge and expertise
  • Develop guidelines and strategies for IPM programmes
  • Explore learning tools
  • Maintain an online presence to disseminate relevant information
  • Advise legislative bodies directing control and treatment products
  • Support emerging professionals in IPM
  • Maintain links with International professional bodies

Activities and current areas of focus:

  • Organise and host annual open meeting
  • Independent review of Risk zones
  • Guidelines for employing a rodent contractor
  • Develop the Pest Odyssey website
  • Sharing expertise with IPM professionals
  • Investigate funding need for website development

Deliverables:

  • Provide a program for annual open meeting
  • Develop website
  • Post rodent contractor review

Meetings:

  • Steering group meetings: 3 times a year. At differing venues (one immediately before or after the open meeting)
  • Open meeting: annual. At differing venues in the UK

Relevant documents:

  • Terms of reference
  • Mission
  • Vision

Funding:

  • Steering group and participants are self funded
  • Host organisation for meetings provide venue and catering free of charge
  • Costs for Pest Odyssey website maintenance and upgrades to be sourced externally