So my relocation to Scotland was completed last month; and I am now looking forwards to working with the local voluntary sector and other organisations that share my interest in social change. Firstly I need to build a network of contacts and hopefully schedule some workshops on topics that can help develop the skills and… Continue reading Looking forwards with hope and trepidation
At the start of 2019, Green Pepper was looking forwards to another busy year.... but a move to Scotland was not on the horizon. Yet that is precisely what will happen in the next four weeks or so, because I am relocating to Kelso in the Scottish Borders local authority area. Much of the motivation… Continue reading I’m relocating to Scotland. Here’s why…
Many of us will have attended an AGM that was barely quorate and/or hopelessly dull. If this suggestion takes off then many organisations will surely follow…
In principle, your Annual General Meeting should be about engagement, accountability and procedure. But if it doesn’t deliver that in practice, it’s time to think again, says Vicky Browning, ACEVO’s CEO
It was an off-hand comment from a member that sealed the deal for me. As we waited anxiously for confirmation that ACEVO’s 2018 AGM was quorate before we could kick off proceedings, I thanked her for coming along.
“Oh I’m only here so you’ll come to mine,” she said breezily.
Which got me thinking about what AGMs were for, why we need them and whether there wasn’t a better way than corralling 25 reluctant people into a room to talk about what we did as an organisation over a year ago.
Procedure, engagement and accountability
It seems to me that an AGM has three purposes – procedure, engagement and accountability.
The procedure bit is basically backing what’s already been…
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So your organisation is the victim of a crime, yet you end up paying a six figure fine of your own. Implausible? Not quite, for that is precisely what happened to a charity when thieves stole personal data from its network. Back in 2016, hackers used ransomeware against the Swindon-based British and Foreign Bible Society… Continue reading Ensuring robust data security is more than good practice, it also keeps you legal