BCS launches working group after ‘no confidence’ EGM

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has established a working group to address the issues raised earlier this year that nearly resulted in a no confidence vote at an EGM.

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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has established a working group to address the issues raised earlier this year that nearly resulted in a no confidence vote at an EGM.

On 1 July, the Institute and its chief executive David Clarke survived a vote of no confidence by a substantial margin, winning 76 percent of members’ votes. But the member who started the heated debate vowed to continue to push for change.

The debate began in March when a member, Len Keighley, said the body had moved away from its brief as a professional organisation, focusing on revenue generation and fast expansion, and that members had too little say in strategy.

In a statement, the Institute acknowledged that the concerns surrounded aspects of its current strategy and communication of progress.

Bob Assirati, deputy president of the Institute, said: “Our priority is to re-build bridges across the organisation and tackle the deep-rooted concerns of some members.”

The working group will be chaired by Adrian Williamson, a new member of the Trustee Board. Other members of the group include Bob Assirati, Bob Harvey, Adrian Walmsley, Chris Andrews, Sheila Bullas and Iain Thompson.

Len Keighley, who originally called for the EGM, said: “This is a welcome move by BCS towards addressing the issues raised by the call for the EGM and by other members during and since. 

“As active volunteers we put in a lot of time and effort to the organisation. We want to see BCS move forward in a way that supports all aspects of the organisation.”

The working group held its first meeting today.

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