Proposed changes to Articles
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Resolution 1 - 4) MEMBERSHIP
4.2) Membership shall be open to persons only who are:
4.2.3) suitable in the opinion of the Board for admission to membership
[Additional proposed wording to broaden the membership criteria: whether by their profession, interests or benefits to Business Psychology]
Resolution 2 - 9) PROCEEDINGS AT GENERAL MEETINGS
9.2) No business shall be transacted at any general meeting unless a quorum is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business. Ten persons entitled to vote upon the business to be transacted, each being a Member or a proxy for a Member, shall constitute a quorum, save in the case of the ABP having less than ten Members, when fifty per cent of the total number of Members shall be a quorum.
[Additional proposed wording to allow for fully electronic AGMs or EGMs: Eligible members will be deemed ‘in attendance’ and be counted as part of the quorum whether joining the meeting in person or via electronic means such as telephone or video conference subject to their identity being verified. All voting and speaking rights will be applicable for such attendees]
Resolution 3 - 10) VOTES OF MEMBERS
10.2) On a show of hands and on a poll every Member shall have one vote.
[Amended wording to allow proxy votes to be counted: Proxy or poll votes, received in accordance with the Articles, shall all be counted as part of the vote.]
Resolution 4 - 11) MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD
11.1) Incumbent board members are required to stand for election should they wish to do so only at the end of their three-year tenure, unless otherwise disqualified.
[Correcting loose language to clarify board members do not need to be re-elected each year, including officers]
Resolution 5 - 11) MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD
11.7) Without prejudice to the generality of its powers under Article 15, the Board may adopt regulations under that Article with the effect of requiring membership of the Board by a person over the age of 70 to be periodically approved if it is to continue.
[To be removed from Articles]
Resolution 6 - 11) MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD
11.9) Availability of places on the board for election at the AGM is dependent on the skills requirement and positions vacant, either as a consequence of having reached the end of their tenure or who wish to resign
[It is not always desirable to fill every place on the Board to its maximum 16 members. As such, additional wording is proposed to ensure Board only opens for elections when it has a shortage of skills in a specific area: and]
Resolution 7 - 11) MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD
11.10) [New Article proposed to ensure Board members have sufficient experience of being an ABP member: Candidates for election to the board must have been full members of the ABP for a minimum of one full year.]
Resolution 8 - 11) MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD
11.13) The Board may provide by rules under Article 23 that no election or co-option is valid if it would result in more than two people employed by the same individual or organisation being Board Members at the same time.
[Amended wording: The Board may provide by rules under Article 23 that no election or co-option is valid if it would result in more than two people employed by the same individual or organisation being Board Members at the same time. The position of Conference Dean is, however, available to a third person employed by the same individual or organisation
Resolution 9 - 12) OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
12.1) At the first Board Meeting following each AGM, the Board shall seek to agree to appoint from amongst its number the Officers of the Board, viz: a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Treasurer and a Secretary, should those positions have become available or are to become available the following year.
[Additional wording proposed so Officers do not need to stand for election during tenure of three years so continuity is protected]: Officers of the board are not required to stand for election during their natural tenure of three years.
Resolution 10 - 12) OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
12.1) The Board shall begin its search for agreement on the next Chair in advance of the incumbent’s penultimate AGM by
[amended wording proposed to simplify the search for a new Chair: considering whether the Vice Chair or last elected Chair is able to assume the office, dependent on their availability.]
Resolution 11 - 14) PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD
14.4) The Chair of each meeting of the Board shall be the Chair, or if they are unavailable the Vice Chair, or if they are unavailable the Secretary
[additional wording proposed to add Treasurer: or the Treasurer] or if they are unavailable a Chair elected by the meeting. Each Board Member shall have one vote, and in the case of an equality of votes, the Chair of that meeting of the Board shall have a second or casting vote.