News: PRCA announces AGM to vote on governance changes

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THE PRCA announced that its Annual General Meeting (AGM) is planned to take place on 28 September 2023. At the AGM, members will be asked to vote to approve a new structure and governance for PRCA policy and standards-making and operational delivery, and a new set of membership criteria.

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The final proposals will be circulated to PRCA members in early September, but will have three core principles at their heart:

Transparency. The PRCA is transparent in its operations, reporting openly to its members.

Clarity. There is clarity of roles, responsibilities and processes within the operation of the organisation.

Accountability: The PRCA, its executive management and its representative boards and committees will be accountable to members, seeking to deliver value to all sectors of the membership.

Nominations are open for members of an interim management board, which will replace the current board of directors should the vote on reforms be carried. PRCA members can put themselves or others forward to join the interim management board by emailing by 23:59 BST on Friday 18 August 2023.

PRCA chair Sarah Scholefield (pictured) said, “PRCA has a proud record as a champion for our industry and has been instrumental in driving up ethical and business standards. By making these changes, we will be able to future-proof PRCA and create a robust platform for the next stage of our development.

Separately, the search for PRCA’s vacant chief executive officer role is under way. PRCA has worked with RS Engage, taking on several of their suggestions to ensure that the process involves best practice in equality, diversity, and inclusion, with the use of redacting information from CVs and other measures to minimise unconscious bias and increase accessibility. Further information can be found here.

Scholefield said, “We’re looking for a candidate with vision, strategic flair and a passion for the PRCA’s purpose and its role in the industry. This is a critical position for the organisation, continuing its growth and influence in the future and ensuring that the PRCA continues to drive progress and evolution for the industry. Our process will be representative, inclusive and transparent and I hope that people who wish to consider this role will put their names forward.”