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Governance review - an update

Since seeking views from the membership in April on the initial suggestions for restructuring (http://www.archaeologists.net/news/110412-consultation-members-possible-changes-governance) IfA Council has been giving further consideration to possible amendments to the governance of the Institute. At the AGM on 3 October Council will be looking for a mandate from the membership to draft revised constitutional documents that make provision for a Board of Directors and a Representative Assembly. These will be put forward to members for consideration and adoption at a future General Meeting.

If support for continuing to work on a new governance structure is received at the AGM, Council will look further at drafting guidance on how the Representative Assembly and Board of Directors will operate, taking on board the useful comments received from members as part of the consultation. Similar to the current documents that Council and committees work to, which include the Strategic Plan, Business Plan, Financial Plan and Publication policy, guidelines will be drafted to cover

  • cooption of members (including Group representatives) to the Representative Assembly
  • election of Representative Assembly members to the Board of Directors
  • roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and Representative Assembly
  • resolution of disagreements
  • setting up and appointment of committees and working parties

revisions would also be made to the guidelines for the validation of member applications, determining applications for registering organisations, for hearing appeals, and for area and special interest groups.

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