What is the British American Project (BAP)?
BAP is a network organisation. It exists to foster transatlantic discussion, conversation and understanding among young leaders in both countries. It has no political, religious or other affiliations.
What does BAP do?
BAP fosters conversations through network events for its members and partners. In the UK it hosts an annual 4th July party; runs an annual lecture which has been supported by J PMorgan and DLA Piper (previous speakers have included the Leader of the Opposition, David Cameron MP and Hollywood actor, writer and director, Kevin Spacey) and, alongside the US Embassy holds an annual briefing. In the US locally based social events take place along with speaker sessions. The centrepiece of the calendar is a four day conference, held alternately in the US and UK, when the whole membership is able to come together to discuss a topic of mutual interest (see conference section for more detail)
How is BAP funded?
BAP is funded by its members, each of whom pays an annual subscription, and by a range of corporate partners. Partners donate money or benefits in kind such as time and facilities. Our partners have included: BP; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Berwin Leighton Paisner; Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue; UPS; Citigroup; McCormack Tribune Foundation and the City of London.
Who belongs to BAP?
BAP is nearly 25 years old and has more than 1,000 members drawn from the UK and US. Its members are young leaders in business, government, the media, voluntary and non-profit organisations, medicine, sport and the armed forces. Members join between the ages of 28 and 40 through a selection process in their respective country. Each year BAP selects up to 24 new members from each country to join and attend the annual November conference.
Who runs BAP?
BAP has two permanent members of staff, one in the UK and one in the US. The Directors' role is to co-ordinate the activities of the organisation alongside the respective national committees. (see About and Contact sections)
The national committees are elected by the membership and overseen by an Advisory Board (see About section)
How can I join BAP?
Both US & UK Executive committees are responsible for selecting new delegates to the annual conference - existing Fellows, Advisory Board members, donors and outside organisations, particularly those involved in fields that are under-represented in the Project, are invited to submit nominations each spring. BAP strives to draw its membership from as wide a selection of backgrounds and fields as possible. The competition for places is fierce.
Nominees must be between 28-40 years old, with a proven track record of achievement and high future potential. Delegates are chosen on the basis that they will contribute to, and benefit from, the experience of the four day conference and subsequent life-long membership of the Fellowship.
UK based candidates attend selection interviews in April and early May. The interview process includes a round table discussion which is moderated by a BAP Executive member and encompasses topics of current interest as well as issues relevant to the conference theme. Other Executive members are also present to assess candidates on the basis of their performance at the selection event, on their achievements to date and on their future potential. Regardless of outcome, the Project tries to make the selection evening an enjoyable experience in itself.
The committee looks for the following qualities in candidates:
The ability to take risks with ideas;
The ability to offer significant insights from both their own specialism and other domains;
Interest in the views of others;
Interest in the transatlantic dimension of the Project;
Leadership - achievement or potential to make significant impact in their fields;
A personality which combines well with the chemistry of the conference.
The process in the United States is, by geographic necessity, more regionally oriented. Regional chairs act as the co-ordinator for nominations and a written application process. . Regional short lists are then sent to the US Executive committee for final consideration.
If you have any other questions or queries, please feel free to contact one of our Directors and we will do our best to answer.