I wanted to share with you my extreme concern about the motion being voted on at present by the fellowship for an all elected trustee board which I believe does not have the support of the trustee board. Some of you, however, may well be supportive of this which is fair enough. But I think the present approach - a mixture of elected and coopted with a full review of governance - is the sensible way forward. I am emailing for two reasons. The “all elected” motion seems to carry baggage, namely a strong undercurrent against Matthew and the trustees and this is unwarranted and dangerous as witnessed at the recent open meeting at JAS. Secondly RSA fellows are lethargic at voting so a well organised splinter group could easily carry the day or get a respectable showing.
So can I plead with you to make sure you cast your vote whatever way your views take you and as importantly you encourage your networks to do the same – there are only a few days left.
As compared to five years ago, our Society is now at the cutting edge. Whilst I may not always agree with everything it does and I regard this as healthy, it is great to see the Society noticed, our work good and our outputs making a difference. Last week I saw first hand, with our President, the development of opening minds at our Academy and the massive increase in GCSE point score making the RSA Academy in the top 1% of schools, in this land, by this measure. Add to this the recent awards for the journal and the success of both our lectures and website including RSA animate so it is not surprising that the most active fellows are delighted with the direction of travel. Of course things can always be done better and this we must always strive to do.
It is great for Matthew to receive support from past chairmen like Charles Handy and Pru Leith but whilst comforting for him this is not enough – fellows must vote and by this Friday at the latest.
Excuse my intrusion but having devoted much of my personal energy to the present direction of travel I don’t want to see the agenda unwittingly hijacked.
PS If you have lost your voting papers you can download one from: