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Pay conflict prompts resignations

COUNCIL WAS told that two of its members had been obliged to resign because of a conflict between their positions as part time paid secretaries to regional professional associations and responsibilites as charity trustees which derived from their positions on Council.

Director General & Secretary Roger Dobson explained that two years ago the Engineering Council had been instrumental in setting up regional Professional Engineering Institutions. The territorial Council members representing South Wales local assoc- iation, Terry Pasley, and Northern Counties, John Jeffrey, are paid as executive secretaries for working two days a week for the PEIs.

'These PEIs are hosted by the ICE,' said Dobson's paper, 'and the salary of the secretary is paid from Institution funds. As members of the Council, Mr Pasley and Mr Jeffrey are trustees of the Institution as a charity. Trustees of a charity are not permitted to receive any payment out of the charity's funds other than reasonable out of pocket expenses. The Charity Commission has been approached, and has reinforced this ruling in respect of PEI secretaries.'

Council heard that following the realisation of this technical infringement both members had decided to retain their positions as secretaries and resign from Council.

Dr Timothy Giffin, lecturer at Cardiff School of Engineering, who came second to Pasley in the election for the South Wales association representative, has been appointed as his replacement to serve until November 1999. Giffin has been involved with the association since 1989. In his election statement he emphasised that: 'NCE aside, most of the members' benefits are derived from the voluntary work of the local associations and this work requires greater recognition from headquarters'.

Northern Counties association has been asked to propose a replacement candidate.

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