Demands II

The reform Group have now published what they call a “Proposal to Trustees to bring peace to the WSRA”.

1. Ian Coleby shall be re-instated at once.
2. David Williams should announce that he will be resigning at some clearly stated point in the coming year, in advance of the 2016 Trustee elections.
3. Nick Nichols should resign at once.
4. 4 out of the following five candidates be co-opted at once: Nigel Adams, Barrie Childs, Rodney Greenway, David Randles, Paul Whitehouse, the choice of which 4 being up to the existing Trustees.
5. There shall be no challenge to your chairmanship from the Reform Group members in the coming year.
6. The Reform Group will not put forward the ‘6 Removal’ resolution.
7. The Reform Group will make no further enquiries into the 10 May 2015 EGM voting results.

These items were indeed discussed at the recent Trustee meeting and were rejected. Peter Chidzey replied to the Reform Group “Your proposal was discussed by the trustees last evening (4th June) and it was unanimously agreed that the trustees could not accede to the demands contained in your email of the 30th May 2015.”

Members will note the list contains demands and concessions. This is the “deal” that a non-mandated group of WSRA members chose to put to the Trustees without as much as a word of consultation with the WSRA membership.

These are our thoughts on each of the seven items and we quite accept some members may agree and some members will not. But we believe members need to consider these points.

1. Ian Coleby shall be re-instated at once.
We agree.

2. David Williams should announce that he will be resigning at some clearly stated point in the coming year, in advance of the 2016 Trustee elections.
We are not sure it is good practice to force a trustee to agree to leave within twelve months. If you feel he needs to go, then you should demand he goes now, if not, he should be allowed to stay (if he wishes) and take his chance at the appropriate elections.

3. Nick Nichols should resign at once.
Not sure why Nick Nicholls needs to resign as part of this package. He’ll need to understand and agree your reasoning.

4. 4 out of the following five candidates be co-opted at once: Nigel Adams, Barrie Childs, Rodney Greenway, David Randles, Paul Whitehouse, the choice of which 4 being up to the existing Trustees.
This idea smacks of mob rule and a way of getting the reform group onto the board through pressure and threat. However, in the interests of peace – and the chance to oversee the AGM process – we see scope for one co-optee from the reform group camp.

5. There shall be no challenge to your chairmanship from the Reform Group members in the coming year.
Well, fine, we can see you want to give the guy a chance. However, the reform group wanted him out earlier this month. And now, they cozy up to get their own way? Double standards.

6. The Reform Group will not put forward the ‘6 Removal’ resolution.
We thought well over 400 members had already agreed to the removal of the six! So now the reform group are ignoring them? Looks like the membership is being used to allow the reform group to to get their own way.

7. The Reform Group will make no further enquiries into the 10 May 2015 EGM voting results.
We don’t quite see the point of dropping enquiries into the EGM voting results. If there was wrongdoing then we need to know. Allowing it to be swept under the carpet in return for co-opting four reformers? Blind eye to possible wrongdoing so long as we get our demands met? Is that not dishonest in itself?

So, we stand by our choice of words   “demands” and “deals” and “ultimatums” as used in articles and comments.

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