BCS group formed to address membership concerns

The BCS today held the first meeting of a new working group set up to address the concerns raised by rebel members that led to an extraordinary general meeting...

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The BCS today held the first meeting of a new working group set up to address the concerns raised by rebel members that led to an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Chartered Institute for IT last month.

A group of BCS members gathered enough backing to force the EGM on 1 July to discuss a motion to suspend the institute's £5m rebranding programme and conduct a vote of no-confidence in its leadership.

The meeting followed weeks of often bitter debate over the future of organisation - click on the links at the end of this story for all the details.

The BCS management won the EGM vote convincingly but were forced to acknowledge problems in communication and issues that led to more widespread dissatisfaction than had initially been apparent.

"Following the EGM and vote, our priority is to rebuild bridges across the organisation and tackle the deep-rooted concerns of some members," said BCS deputy president Bob Assirati.

"[The new] group, which will be made up of trustees and council members, will look at the issues and try to find ways of addressing them, working with the appropriate boards and committees to ensure that there is effective communications across the institute."

Len Keighley, the BCS member who led the calls for an EGM, welcomed the formation of the working group as a way to address the issues raised.

"As active volunteers we put in a lot of time and effort to the organisation; we are passionate about being members and about the membership and we want to see BCS move forward in a way that supports all aspects of the organisation," he said.

Interview with BCS CEO David Clarke and president Elizabeth Sparrow after winning the EGM vote >>

BCS rebels publish manifesto for vote of no confidence >>

BCS CEO David Clarke on why the BCS strategy is right >>

Len Keighley on why he called for an EGM >>

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