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#475 Re: Changing the BMC
March 01, 2021, 09:14:44 am
Offwidth, I know you are more "in the know" than the average membner but these rants are doing no-one, especially the BMC any good.

For those* who seem to believe that the BMC is some inwards looking petty political fetish club, let me put your mind at rest.

I've been to the last two/three ORG style web meetings. The first one was very robust, heated and pretty bad with the President coming in for some personal abuse. However, the next two were REALLY well run, effective and seemed to really get things moving. (Shark was there so he might have a different point of view). I've no idea who or what these evil forces/factions/people are that are moving against the current set up but they've not popped their heads up in any meetings I've been to! Things are definitely moving in the right direction.

My day to day involvement is with the Tech Committee and that is going from strength to strength, with a new chair and fresh(ish) new faces that have really embraced the new way of doing things and have a decent schedule of work for this calendar year despite the financial constraints.

Anecdotally, I also bumped into a BMC staffer walking home from the park and they were very enthusiastic about the new (temporary) CEO so from where I stand, thinks look pretty bright!

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#476 Re: Changing the BMC
March 01, 2021, 09:29:27 am
Offwidth, I know you are more "in the know" than the average membner but these rants are doing no-one, especially the BMC any good.

For those* who seem to believe that the BMC is some inwards looking petty political fetish club, let me put your mind at rest.

Seconded, from my position as an area volunteer I do not recognise the picture Offwidth paints of a 'political fetish club '  :lol:

If it is going on its pretty localised and isnt filtering down very far.

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#477 Re: Changing the BMC
March 01, 2021, 09:33:37 am
No fetish? I want my money back! 😂

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#478 Re: Changing the BMC
March 01, 2021, 11:08:35 am
That’s good to hear galpinis. TT- you may have to look further afield I am afraid.

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#479 Re: Changing the BMC
March 01, 2021, 11:21:42 am
Offwidth, I know you are more "in the know" than the average membner but these rants are doing no-one, especially the BMC any good.

For those* who seem to believe that the BMC is some inwards looking petty political fetish club, let me put your mind at rest.

Seconded, from my position as an area volunteer I do not recognise the picture Offwidth paints of a 'political fetish club '  :lol:

If it is going on its pretty localised and isnt filtering down very far.

Yet. The behaviours that led to last ructions  didn't filter down very far at all before they became public. I'd be delighted if I end up looking like a fool howling at the moon.

People can't deny I'm a dedicated fan of the BMC, which to me is mainly the staff and the volunteers who do useful stuff on behalf of members and the wider community. This comes with necessary governance functions that following the recent changes sadly proved to be less robust than most expected. The Board and Council should be enabling custodians. The Council seems to be working well enough but the Board has clearly struggled and in that as much through personality issues in its politics, as strategy or finance. It would be a tragedy if things went wrong again at the point where clear improvements are being put in place.

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#480 Re: Changing the BMC
March 17, 2021, 04:54:46 pm
There is an Open Forum tomorrow night at 7pm focussed on the lengthy Governance report. Tickets for the forum here

In other news Andy Syme, Deputy President is running for President with support of Lynn Robinson the current President. I’m not aware of any other runners.

I gather a part time Finance Person has been recruited to the Office who will be part of the Senior Management team - don’t know who.

No word yet on a new CEO.

I believe there are still openings available for the new NC roles nationally representing the separate disciplines of Rock Climbing, Indoor Climbing and Mountaineering.

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/agm-volunteers




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#481 Re: Changing the BMC
March 23, 2021, 10:18:17 am
Andy Syme has posted his election supporting statement for President on the “BMC Watch” Facebook page with a pitch to get brexit governance done.

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Over the last few years the BMC has been striving to improve its governance. I would make it my personal mission to see these changes through to a conclusion as swiftly as possible. With my extensive work on the constitutional changes to date I believe I am uniquely well equipped to take a leading role to ensure this happens and help the BMC to return focus to its core purposes of serving the hill walking, climbing and mountaineering communities to the best of its abilities.

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#482 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 01:27:20 pm
AGM is on Saturday 15th May - full details here

No one is contesting Andy Syme for President. Also notable is that Offwidth (Steve Clark) is standing uncontested for the new position of NC rep for rock climbing which has put the cat amongst the pigeons in some quarters. Unfortunately no one has applied for the same role representing Indoor Climbers.

Paul Davies the Interim CEO has been appointed permanently to the positionThis looks like a good appointment.

This is on the back of the appointment of a new Head for GB climbing

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#483 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 01:32:49 pm
For those of us who aren't really in the loop with BMC stuff, is there anything worth voting on?

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#484 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 01:52:37 pm
For those of us who aren't really in the loop with BMC stuff, is there anything worth voting on?

Given that only a small % of the membership vote I’d say it’s important to vote otherwise voting is dominated by a small interested minority who can wield too much power.

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#485 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 02:14:16 pm

Given that only a small % of the membership vote I’d say it’s important to vote otherwise voting is dominated by a small interested minority who can wield too much power.

I would have also posed Barrow’s question here; after a quick perusal of the Agenda there doesn’t appear to be any ‘ClimbUK’ or attempted Kernow Coups on there, and I’m not really bothered about who the directors are. As such I will very much be leaving it to the small interested minority, who are not doubt poring over the accounts to raise objections as we speak!

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#486 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 02:24:25 pm
Unfortunately no one has applied for the same role representing Indoor Climbers.


Do you mean the same role or is there an equivalent role for indoor climbers?




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#487 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 02:30:17 pm
Unfortunately no one has applied for the same role representing Indoor Climbers.


Do you mean the same role or is there an equivalent role for indoor climbers?

There an equivalent role for indoor climbers.

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#488 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 02:32:48 pm
Unfortunately no one has applied for the same role representing Indoor Climbers.


Do you mean the same role or is there an equivalent role for indoor climbers?

Equivalent.

4 roles in total representing rock climbing, walking, mountaineering and indoor climbers:

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/agm-volunteers

One of the requirements of the role was to help sort out what the role does 🙃


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#489 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 04:32:13 pm
Can we change the thread title?

Option 1: remove the colon and space after re and replace with a hyphen

Option 2: add a question mark at the end

😁

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#490 Re: Changing the BMC
May 05, 2021, 05:11:55 pm
AGM is on Saturday 15th May - full details here

No one is contesting Andy Syme for President. Also notable is that Offwidth (Steve Clark) is standing uncontested for the new position of NC rep for rock climbing which has put the cat amongst the pigeons in some quarters. Unfortunately no one has applied for the same role representing Indoor Climbers.

Paul Davies the Interim CEO has been appointed permanently to the positionThis looks like a good appointment.

This is on the back of the appointment of a new Head for GB climbing

Hardly 'cats and pigeons' about my candidacy for Nationally Elected Councillor for Rock Climbing. On BMC Watch, Les Ainsworth and Bob Pettigrew are the only two named members who are supposedly upset (plus I have my fingers crossed that Les has been duped.... as it's unlike him and he doesn't 'do' social media enough to fully see himself what I've actually said online). Les has sadly written an unfortunate polemic, complaining about internet abuse (with no sense of irony), targeting me, posted on his behalf by Ian Lonsdale.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2241207952632038/permalink/3897138223705661/?app=fbl

Andy Syme has called this behaviour out on BMC Watch as unacceptable. I really admire Andy's optimism in trying to unify all the BMC political factions and I'm sorry that my standing for election has broken that truce already (Les and Bob are written supporters of his Presidential candidacy). If elected I'll probably keep a lower profile on the external political front, to help Andy (if elected) in his aims... plus I'll try and listen to everyone who contacts me with input to the area of work. I'm very used to being a member's representative for a membership of widely different views, having done that professionally in my union for decades at local and national levels. I was very unpopular with the SWP in my union but managed to work with them without descending to their level of dirty tactics.

On the CEO appointment, I'm very happy for Paul Davies. He is apparently doing a good job and working well with staff and key volunteers.

 

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