Major governance changes approved by Scope members

Scope members have overwhelmingly approved several major changes to the charity's governance arrangements at an extraordinary general meeting.

The proposals, which included a reduction in the number of the disability charity’s trustees from 25 to 15, were approved by 96 per cent of delegates – well above the required 75 per cent.

The EGM also voted in the charity’s new board, headed by a new chair, disability employment consultant Alice Maynard. Maynard is one of five current board members who are disabled.

Under the new governance system, an assembly of Scope members will be established to represent the views of beneficiaries to the new board. Future prospective trustees will be interviewed by an independent nominations committee before being put forward for election by members at the charity’s AGM. Complex weighted voting procedures for members will also be replaced with a one member, one vote system.

Maynard is a leading consultant on disability employment strategy and has extensive experience of trusteeship, management and third sector constitutional and legal issues.

A vote at Scope’s AGM last October saw only 70 per cent of delegates vote for the governance changes. Some minor changes to proposals regarding the assembly and the nominations committee were incorporated.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Scope, said the changes would bring the charity into line with best practice in other large charities. “Our new board brings a rich and diverse range of skills to Scope,” he said. “They will ensure that the voice of disabled people is at the heart of everything we do and provide the strong leadership and vision for our work so that disabled people can achieve full equality in our society.”

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