Acevo plans to ditch its annual general meeting (AGM) and intends to replace it with a digital event to enable its members to hold its leadership to account.
In a blog published today, Vicky Browning, chief executive of the umbrella body, said that it planned to stop running annual general meetings because there are better ways of delivering its functions of engagement, accountablity and procedure.
The proposal, and other changes to the governance of Acevo, will be put for an extraordinary general meeting on 25 June.
Explaining the decision to stop annual general meetings, Browning said: “In principle, your annual general meeting should be about engagement, accountability and procedure. But if it doesn’t deliver that in practice, it’s time to think again.”
She said that most people who attend meetings are from London which means and added that only 16 out of 1,200 members attended their last annual general meeting.
“Low levels of attendance mean the AGM is also not a good engagement opportunity,” she said.
Browning said that to engage members, Acevo will continue to make its annual report and accounts available, hold events to field queries about them, add trustee contact details to the website, and allow members to call a general meeting if required.
Acevo plans to hold an annual digital event "where the chair, treasurer and CEO are available over a set period to answer questions".
She added that trustees will attend a CEO Forum at least once a year in their area.
Other proposals to be discussed include removing the requirement to appoint a company secretary, introducing provisions to allow for electronic communications and changing the board of trustees from 12 elected members and three co-optees to 10 elected members and four co-optees.