Members of the ICE have voted for a second vote on the governance of the Institution.
Some 129 members voted in favour of holding a new ballot, with 88 opposing the motion raised by former ICE presidents Paul Jowitt and Jean Venables at a Special General Meeting.
It comes after last month’s ballot which saw more than 70% of corporate members vote in favour of bylaw changes to move governance from the 44-strong Council to a 12-strong board of Trustees.
However, members have now voted in favour of a consultation period with Council and expressed “disappointment” with the ICE ”in its handling of the Governance Ballot on proposed changes to our Royal Charter, By-laws and Regulations and its failure to conduct extensive consultation with the Membership at large”.
The ICE Council will now consider the results of the Special General Meeting when it reconvenes at the beginning of September.
Currently, the ICE is managed by a 44-strong Council which meets four times annually to oversee the management of the Institution. A 13-strong Executive Board meets four times annually, but ultimately has to gain approval from the Council for its decisions.
The ICE says the new proposed structure would see a smaller, “more agile” Trustee Board of 12 becoming responsible for the Institution’s strategic decision making. The new Trustee Board would enact policy and plans on behalf of the Institution which in turn would reflect the will and ambitions of the Council.
The ICE says Council, elected by, and representative of the membership, would deliver advisory and audit functions as well as scrutinizing the performance of the Trustee Board. Importantly, it says, Council would also have time to focus on wider professional and societal issues and use their wide expertise to propose solutions to tackle them.
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