A New Chapter have released an updated position statement regarding recent activity at the RIAS. You can download and read it here.
Reflecting on the ongoing need for change and reform, the document outlines proposals and propositions for the future of the organisation;
"Change: while we note ongoing discussions within RIAS but also, critically,
at Chapter level, we at aNC are clear that change must include:
. a President elected by Members, based on manifestos;
. executive staff and finance roles separated;
. a leaner, executive group of Trustees, with full responsibility assisted by training in their fiduciary responsibilities;
. openness, with full sharing of minutes etc;
. a refocussed profession, with a move forward from the “learned society" status."
Architect Richard Atkins, a Fellow of the RIAS and Council Member from 2000-2014, has authored a paper which looks to explore the roles of president and the council as set out by the charter and bye-laws.
Richard kindly prepared this note following on from the discussions held at the EAA meeting regarding the RIAS Strategy document. It covers the following:
- The origins and form of the current governance structure
- The current make-up of Council and the distinction with the Charitable Trustees of the RIAS
- The election of the RIAS President
- The role of RIAS staff
As Richard notes in his introduction: "Understanding the governance structure of the RIAS is a fundamental first step in ensuring that whatever the plans may be for the future, there is an infrastructure in place which both represents the Membership of the RIAS and ensures that such plans can be implemented."
You can read the full report here.
Below is the statement released by A New Chapter in response to the RIAS Special Notice published on 17/11/17. The Special Notice can be viewed here.
‘Today’s Special Announcement from the RIAS confirming Neil Baxter’s resignation as Secretary and Treasurer raises more questions than answers. The timing of this announcement is interesting in light of previous questions raised in an Open Letter to our President of 12th September (based on information in the RIAS Summer Quarterly) regarding governance, finance, strategy and relevance.
In the most recent RIAS Quarterly the President noted that a RIAS Governance Review Panel had conducted a strategy, which would herald a ‘clean bill of health’ for the organisation.
Over the past few months A New Chapter has seen a surge in positive thoughts and ideas about what a progressive, 21st century organisation for architects in Scotland might look like, how it might behave and what it might do.
We now look to our President and representatives on Council to answer our ongoing questions and now, to clarify why the Secretary and Treasurer has tendered a sudden resignation.'