Important changes to how the College is regulated and managed

We are bringing important changes concerning how the College is regulated and managed to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 1 December 2022 

What is happening? 

We need to change significant parts of our Charter and Ordinances – the documents that govern the way in which the College operates. This is because many of our rules are at odds with each other or incorrectly drafted, making it difficult for our trustees to comply with charity law. 

At the same time, we would like to make some changes to modernise our operations, give our members more powers, and increase transparency. 

We will bring proposals on each of these points to our members for consideration at our AGM on 1 December 2022. 

What does the College need of its members and fellows? 

We are seeking your support in favour of our proposals at the AGM. You can only vote if you are there in person or attend virtually and so please register in advance here.

So that you can understand what you are voting on, we are taking time to explain how we got to the point where our rules are misaligned and the problems that we are having because of this. 

We also need your engagement and your understanding, so that by the time we get to the vote you will feel confident that you know the problems and have been properly consulted and had a chance to be part of developing the solutions. 

What exactly is the College proposing? 

We will be able to confirm our proposals after our Board of Trustees has agreed them at their meeting in October. The motions will be within a series of four or five linked but independent areas, along the following lines: 

  • A motion that we move the College into compliance with the Charity Commission and resolve conflicting internal rules 

  • Agreement of rights for members that are not currently in place 

  • A revised size and composition of the Board of Trustees 

  • Efficiency 

  • Inclusivity and transparency

CEO Jono Bruun explains College governance above; recorded at the 20 September Let's Talk member engagement event.

We will have more detail on this once the Board of Trustees has approved in October 2022 that these are the proposals that will be voted on in December 2022. However, see this link for early thoughts. 

Why are we talking about this now, if the College has not yet decided on what motions it is asking Members and Fellows to support? 

We want to give everyone as much notice of the 1 December 2022 AGM (click here to register for a place) as we can, and as much opportunity as possible for members and fellows to understand the background and input into the proposals. These are complicated areas of charity law and we have learned that unless we take the time to explain and to listen, you will not feel confident to back them.  

How to get involved 

Starting in Spring 2022, we have been running a programme of engagement to explain in an open way where we think improvements need to be made to our governance, and to respond to suggestions made by the College’s membership. 

In addition to the presentations we are making to member groups and stakeholders, here are some of the ways you can get involved in how we shape our proposals: 

Members and fellows will be able to vote on the final proposals at the AGM on the evening of 1 December 2022 – click here to register for a place

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