Central Council AGM

Dear all,
Have been trying to get this published for a few days now – unfortunately some key people were away, and others ill…..
Keeping you (and other members of the Guild) informed as to how the Central Council AGM went last weekend (27th/28th May 2018)…
For anyone who is interested, the new Central Council rules were passed with a large majority – 137 for the motion, 8 against, 10 abstentions and seven non-votes, despite an attempt by certain longstanding members to have further ‘consultation’ and delay the decision until at least next September. The 15 committees now have been merged into 5 Working Groups (they have not been abolished as some people have been saying) and these workgroups are open to anyone to serve on them, not just CC reps.
Four new executives were elected to join the current four who, by default (current senior officers), are on the initial tranche of the executive. We now have eight Executive Officers, Five Workgroups, and new flexible rules which should enable the Central Council to be more responsive to current needs. 
It is now possible to make a contribution to the work of the Central Council by participating with the Workgroups – if you have a particular skill and time to apply it, they would welcome your input. This was previously only done by CC Reps who did not necessarily have the appropriate skills required.
Please allow a few days for the Central Council website to be updated, and I will give a fuller account of the proceedings and an analysis of what this means for the future at the PDG AGM on June 9th.
Nick Elks

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