What is my role on the committee?
What would a typical induction/introduction consist of?
How long will I be expected to remain on the committee?
It depends on a number of things, but usually it is one of the following 3 options;
either the length of office specified in the constitution (commonest is a 3 year term with an option on a second term of office)
or a vague idea that has evolved to be custom and practice for that committee (could be anything from a year to ‘life’ or until you find a replacement for yourself).
Or a specific commitment that you agree with the chair when you come on the committee (generally anything less than 18months to 2 years is too short to make a useful contribution).
Should I take on a specific role on the committee?
Initially you should concentrate on finding your feet in your new role on the committee. Unless you specifically signed up to take on a particular role (i.e. you signed up knowing that you were going to be the new treasurer for instance) then it may be unwise to volunteer (or be volunteered) for other roles until you have been on the committee at least 6 months (research shows that most new committee members feel that it is a year before they are making a useful contribution to the committee).
Once you feel settled and confident in taking a full part in committee meetings you can consider taking on a specific role.