
WSRA members (with membership of more than one year) who aspire to be a WSRA trustee may like to note that the candidate trustee nomination form for the 2015 AGM will be posted on the WSRA website by mid March and due back to the Company Secretary by 1 May 2015 (as things stand at time of posting this). We believe four trustee vacancies will be contested at the 2015 AGM. As last year, with rather more candidates than vacancies. 
Four trustee vacancies assumes that no new trustees are coopted in the meantime. No doubt the WSRA board will recommend and promote four new ‘approved’ candidates, if that turns out to be the number of vacancies.
I think it most important that the number of additional candidates (i.e. those unlikely to be recommended by the current WSRA board) matches the number of vacancies. If, as last year, the number of ‘non approved’ candidates exceeds the number of trustee vacancies then unfortunately reformers’ votes will be spread too thin. We do not want to repeat the situation at last year’s AGM where candidates had to withdraw in an attempt to concentrate the reformers’ vote. Those seeking change have some different views but ultimately all want a similar outcome. Too many candidates will lessen the chance of change.
All the above will of course be irrelevant once the forthcoming EGM has taken place and succeeded in its purpose.
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Hi Barrie. As things stand, we think four vacancies. Three current trustees must stand again due to rotation rules, that is one third of the total number of trustees which we think is currently nine (of a maximumallowed ten). There is one current vacancy we believe. If that vacancy is filled by cooption (likely!) then that cooptee must stand at the AGM for the appointment to be confirmed. That’s how we get four vacancies. See our blog post “Q: how many?” below.
We see what you mean about your desire to match the number of “new” candidates to the number of vacancies. However, there is no limit to the number of candidates so we’ll may have to leave it to the position statements of each candidate and the democratic decisions of the members, who ultimately have the final say.
If the proposed EGM is held before the AGM and succeeds in removing the three trustees named in the EGM resolutions, then the remaining trustees will number six, which is the minimum number allowed. The number of vacancies in that scenario would be six (two by rotation and four unfilled)
This is, of course, just out take on things. The WSRA – and you/others – may have entirely different viewpoints and we understand that.
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