Context of Amendments to Council Regulations
1. At its May meeting, Council agreed to ask James Davenport, Roger Johnson and Maggie Kneller to review the existing Council Regulations and make proposals to ensure they are fit for purpose.
2. The working group has met once and had significant email exchanges. It has now produced a revised set of regulations and invite Council members to comment on the changes. Follow the links below to see the revisions and make comments.
3. Our purpose is to allow Council members to share comments and to enable the working party to respond and wherever possible to accommodate these in the final version submitted to Council at its next meeting in November. It is intended that the consultation will save the Council from a protracted discussion apart from any irreconcilable issues are identified in advance.
4. Key issues
a. The revisions have clarified that there are two types of Council meeting – physical and electronic. Further it clarifies the rights and responsibilities of Council members attending a physical meeting “remotely” via some electronic medium.
b. The Regulations included detailed arrangements, some technology dependent, for holding electronic Council meetings. The underlying principles have now been separated from their implementation.
c. Some opportunities have been taken to improve the structuring of certain regulations with the intention of improving ease of use.
d. Some proposals have been made in order to standardise language and to clarify the meaning.
5. Each of the first seven sections of the Council regulations have been revised and each section is shown in two columns – original and revised. Text removed from the original has been struck through while new text in the revised text is in italic and highlighted in yellow. A new eighth section has been added covering the appointment of Council representatives to Boards.
6. The eight sections are –
Chair, Ccl Regs WP
31 July 2012