Ed has been coming to part A meetings for some time now.Actually I'm not. I'd just like someone with that kind of experience to be on the board to drive this kind of initiative forward. I'd certainly hope the club / trust might reach out to get Ed involved.
No problem with utilising skills and experience but when co-options are given full voting rights, that does make a mockery of the democratic process. I think it should be outlawed and considered put this as a resolution to last year's AGM, but came up with some issues I could sort out in time.There's no suggestion that Al or any of the other unsuccessful candidates are going to be co-opted, but if they have a specific skill set that could be utilised having demonstrated the willingness to give over their time, then why not utilise it?
Thank you for the clear explanation.Co-options can be for a number of reasons but often it’s because that person has particular skills/knowledge/experience that the Trust Board feels it needs. For it to happen, that person would need to be put forward by an existing Trustee and the Trust Board would then vote on whether they approved the appointment (or not).
If you’re co-opted you have the same voting rights as a “normal” Trustee and would be expected to attend Trust Board meetings in the same way too.
The main difference is that a co-option is for 12 months although this can always be extended by approval of a vote of the Trust Board.
If someone wants to get involved there’s also the route of asking to join one of the working groups which doesn’t need co-option or, according, Trust Board approval.
That would be a shame Ed as i thought you had some good ideas and you obviously are keen and enthusiastic. I agree with Bill regarding voting rights for co-optees. It does make a mockery of the voting process. If the trust want to co-opt because someone has a specific skills set useful to the club, that position should not come with full rights. Perhaps it should be seen as more of an advisory role.Regardless of whether co-opting is right or wrong, I personally would not accept an invitation to be co-opted. Such an action would, in my opinion, undermine the democratic nature of the elections and the candidates elected. Ed