The Board is Proposing major changes to the Articles of Association without consultation
The Governance review and the proposals based on it were conducted without consultation with your CC. The flyer
was issued to us on Friday 30th November. We were invited to web meetings on 4th and 5th December to receive a
briefing and have the opportunity to ask questions. We received copies of the full Governance Report at 11:00 on
Monday 3rd December.
We rapidly established that the recommendations in the flyer had been accepted by the Board
and that the content of the rule changes was not up for discussion. This is in violation of longstanding
precedent, in which changes in Governance have been the result of consultation with your CC, representing the
interests of the members.
We are supportive of some of the proposed changes, and we have offered to engage with the Board (as is our role
under the current Articles) to find a way forward. But we cannot support the proposed new Articles in their
current form, for the reasons given below.
We do not accept that it is good practice for the Board to attempt to alter the rules under which it operates
unilaterally and without wider consultation.