Dispute breaks out between Compact Voice and Local Compact Voice

Compact Voice passes no-confidence motion in chair of Local Compact Voice

Compact Voice has decided not to allow any representatives from Local Compact Voice, a network of individuals who support the implementation of local Compacts, to sit on its board.

The decision means Local Compact Voice will continue to operate as an informal online forum only.

Carl Allen, the chair of Local Compact Voice, had sat on the Compact Voice board. But the Compact Voice board this week passed a motion of no confidence in him and decided not to allow anyone from his organisation to sit on its 15-strong board.

The motion said Allen had brought Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector on Compact issues, into disrepute by talking publicly about a complaint he had made against Simon Blake, the chair of Compact Voice, and Oliver Reichardt, the head of the Compact team at Compact Voice.

In the complaint, Allen says Blake demanded, in front of staff, that Local Compact Voice step down from the Compact Voice board. Blake is also accused of ignoring a board decision to review the effectiveness of the Compact Users Group and introducing amendments to the new draft constitution of Compact Voice without discussions or a vote.

Allen told Third Sector he had been removed because he was "a person of independence. I am often the lone voice at meetings," he said.

The decision not to allow Local Compact Voice representation on the Compact Voice board had denied the board constructive dissent, said Allen.

He has also asked the Office of the Third Sector to open a formal investigation into the conduct and performance of Compact Voice.

Blake said Allen's "behaviour in going to the press about his concerns and complaints was not in line with what was expected of a board member".

The Compact Voice board agreed to adopt a new constitution, which Blake said would enable it to follow good practice on governance and accountability. The constitution also provides for the establishment of a Compact users group, which Blake said "would provide specific expertise and advice from people who use the Compact on a day-to-day basis".

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