BMC Organisational Review Group Newsletter: January 2018

Posted by Ray Wigglesworth on 24/01/2018
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The January newsletter from the independent BMC Organisational Review Group proposes a revised timeline for consideration and adoption of the group’s recommendations.

Since the launch of the Organisational Review Group (ORG) report in Autumn last year at the Kendal Mountain Festival, the ORG has continued to work, together with the membership, in an ongoing debate on the pros and cons of the recommendations contained within the report.

We have attended area meetings in all ten BMC areas, organised a further members’ survey, and held focus group meetings and discussions with National Council, in order to obtain feedback on our proposals for change to the organisational structure and governance of the BMC. In the main, the groundswell of opinion from the members is in favour of our recommendations.

We have received some constructive criticism, and taking this into account, we are going to change some of the detail and produce an addendum to the report which will be available at the beginning of March. We are also conscious of the fact that some members were concerned about the timescale and so we are proposing adjourning the AGM and moving the date back from April 2018 to June 2018. At the AGM in June there would be a simple resolution to vote for some of the general principles contained in the ORG Report. If this resolution is approved then a new set of Articles of Association for the BMC could be drafted and form the basis of a Special Resolution to be placed before a second General Meeting of the BMC in November 2018.

PROPOSED EXTENDED TIMELINE

January / February Area meetings
17 February National Council meeting
2 March Addendum to ORG report published
April Area meetings
28 April National Council meeting
May / June Area meetings
15 June National Council meeting
16 June AGM to vote on general principles
June / August Preparation of new Articles 
August / September  Area meetings
15 September National Council meeting
October / November Area meetings
9 November National Council meeting
10 November General Meeting to vote on new Articles of Association

The extension of the timetable gives you, the members, more time to consider the proposed ORG recommendations, with a period of almost five months prior to the AGM, when a vote will be required on the general principles, and then a further period of reflection of five months, prior to the vote on the new Articles of Association in November 2018.

After we have published our addendum to the report, in March 2018, the ORG will begin to take a back seat in the debate, handing over the job of implementation to the president, the Executive and National Council.

It is now of the utmost importance that the membership and National Council get behind the president and the Executive, in support of the general principles set out in the ORG report recommendations. The old Articles of Association are out of date, contain conflicting provisions and are not fit for purpose for the BMC in the 21st Century.

The ORG has prepared a briefing paper to support discussions at the January / February round of area meetings.

DOWNLOAD: January 2018 BMC ORG Local Areas Briefing Paper  

ATTEND: January / February 2018 BMC Area Meetings

 

Get involved with the BMC Organisational Review

WATCH: The BMC Organisational Review report launch at Kendal

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions and how to have your say

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT: Read the report

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT SUMMARY: Read the report summary

DOWNLOAD THE ONE PAGE REPORT: Read the one page report

DOWNLOAD THE MEMBER SURVEY REPORT: Read the member survey report

DISCUSS: At your local BMC area meeting

FEEDBACK: Complete the online survey

 

More details 

MEET: Ray Wigglesworth and the BMC Organisational Review Group

READ: Terms of Reference of the Organisational Review

UPDATE: September 2017 Organisational Review Group update 

UPDATE: August 2017 Organisational Review Group update

UPDATE: July 2017 Organisational Review Group update

UPDATE: June 2017 Organisational Review Group update

UPDATE: May 2017 Organisational Review Group update


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