Implementing an Independent Chair earlier than our original proposal and including a Senior Independent Director do not, in our opinion, have any material effect on the accountability of the Board to members.
While the Reserved Matter of Strategy does cede some control to the Board from National Council and members we believe the facts that:
the objects and articles can only be changed through a General Meeting (Article 33.1);
- There is the ability to vote off Directors (Articles 12.5 and 20.5); and
- The articles include a mediation processes (Articles 21.3-21.5), which ultimately requires a vote at a General Meeting if it cannot be agreed
provide effective controls and safeguards for members.
It should also be noted that the Board currently is made up of mountaineers and this will continue in the future. We believe this is the ultimate safeguard to ensure the BMC remains focussed on the activity we all love.