Meeting sees strong support for governance concerns
There was a good turnout of Council Members from nearly all
the Centres, Registers & Branches (CRBs) of the Club for
the Council Meeting held on Saturday 27th March 2021. There
were 69 members in attendance including 36 Voting Members
each representing their CRB.
managed and intelligent discussion raising over 36 questions
The responses were from Peter Cook (existing Director) and
the three former directors (Lorraine Noble-Thompson, Dave
Tynan & Colin Withers) with information on their contacts
with Executive Committee members (now hiding in a new subcommittee
of the Executive Committee or SCEC) and from Council Members
like Paul Goodman. The questions ranged from the disciplinary
process leading to the dismissal of Ineke Sherman and now
her dismissal appeal, to the growing seriousness of the concerns
over the poor standards of governance of the Club. But we
could see a significant proportion of the Voting Members clearly
learned more of those concerns during the meeting.
during the meeting the focus for members clearly moved to
the governance concerns with many speakers expressing
very firm views on the concerns and in some cases real dissatisfaction
with the behaviour of the SCEC, not least outrage from 5 or
6 members with the recent creation of the SCEC. The key question
was "why was the SCEC set up and why was Peter Cook excluded?"
which is still not clear.
outcome was a powerful indication of the supportive views
of the Voting Members representing their CRBs:
Motion: "no confidence" in the existing members
of the Executive Committee, excluding Peter Cook.
Result: For 28 (82%) - Against 6 (18%)
- Abstain 2
Minutes of this Council Meeting will be released here
later this week. This Council Meeting was a valid meeting
called on 16th February 2021 by seven Council Members each
representing their CRB, and in accordance with the requirements
of the Club's Articles of Association.