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    Posted: 20 Oct 17 at 11:10am
http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/198571/RYA-seeks-approval-of-new-Articles-of-Association

It surprises me that this isn't bigger news, but I suppose its mainly management speak and administration...

But if I understand all this properly the RYA is being effectively forced to fundamentally change the way it works, from being a vaguely democratic institution led by its "Council" (a sort of parliament, and quite a large body consisting of elected rep, regional heads, special interest reps and executives) to a structure where its led by a handful of executives.

I feel distinctly uncomfortable about the whole thing, although I don't know much about this stuff, and not sure how much I really care. The press release bothers me because it seems so full of weasel words and management speak, but the trouble is anyone in PR seems to be trained to speak like that.


- this is the council membership

http://www.rya.org.uk/about-us/governance/Pages/council.aspx

Edited by JimC - 20 Oct 17 at 11:11am
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If it's the same as cycling then they have to make the change to fall into line with tge government code of conduct or have funding cut.

Cycling couldn't afford not to make the change. I didn't know enough about the workings to understand how significant a change it was.
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"Three "Independent Directors" will be appointed by the Board".

Give them credit, they used quotation marks.
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Originally posted by Chris 249

"Three "Independent Directors" will be appointed by the Board".

Give them credit, they used quotation marks.

 and the NEDs on  company boards are  appointed by the boards  , although usually with some  semblance of shareholder oversight 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2547 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Oct 17 at 1:12pm
I'm sure this is significant; it is just we cant tell yet and it is too late anyway ...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote zippyRN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Oct 17 at 1:23pm
so 

Chair 

2 * Execs  ch exec + finance 

3 NEDs  appointed by board / RYA 
3 NEDs appointed by the membership 

not  quite the   horror presented by some 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris 249 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 17 at 11:38am
Yes, but the idea of people selecting "independents" is rather amusing. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 17 at 11:55am
I think there are a couple of points that are a little disquieting.

Article 5 changes from: Members may direct the Board to take, or refrain from taking, specified action

to: Members may not direct the Board to take, or refrain from taking, specified action.


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Article 20: Threshold for Members request for general meeting is 50 individual Members or 10 organisation Members.

Changes to
Threshold for Members request for general meeting is 1,000* individual Members or 100 organisation Members.
* <1% of current individual membership

I can't quite see how that entirely sits with

What won’t change:
• The RYA’s status as a membership organisation to protect and promote boating
• An Association that combines a small, professional staff team with a large number of active volunteers
• The ability of all members to influence policy and to engage with the RYA in a way that is relevant and tailored to them

It seems to be to be getting a lot less democratic rather than more so, then hardly surprising the way things are these days.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote davidyacht Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 17 at 2:37pm
Guess it will be less of a members organisation and more like the AA
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How is Alcoholics Anonymous these days? ;-)
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