Exclusive – Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Council votes for Christmas….

Last weekend, the CIPS Council approved the proposals that we highlighted here last week, and in a selfless move, voted to abolish itself and surrender its formal power.

There may be some relatively small changes to the original proposals we believe, and it may be that Congress, which replaces Council, emerges as slightly more powerful. But the core decision is that Council will no longer be the Trustee body, with the Board assuming that role, and an elected  'Congress' meeting once a year as an advisory body. So members will no longer elect the people who (in theory at least) "run" the Institute.

I hear that there was a strong majority for what are being called the 'modernisation' proposals, although some Council members were apparently disconcerted by the amount of lobbying carried out the Board - who were, we understand, unanimously in favour.

As we said before, there are good arguments for and against the proposals, which will have to go to members now - I don't know if that will be though a ballot or a special General Meeting of some sort.  But in any case, we hope to provide a platform here for both the "for" and "against" camps.

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  1. Guy:

    It doesnt surprise me that the Council voted to abolish itself. In my 3 years on it, it always voted the way the board told it to. We had one controversial matter, which caused much debate, and they all ended up voting for the board’s proposal apart from me and one abstention.

    I shed no tears for Council as it was a totally ineffecitve organisation. I am not sure that the new strucutre is any better though, as there is no effective oversight or control on what the board can do. A once a year congress cannot achieve that.

    Oh and proportional representation? on member numbers? why not do it on the share of revenue that each country brings in. We have the danger of an area who has a large number of members, but not providing much income, heavily deciding the future of an organisation whose main revenue is in the UK.

    Jack Warner eat your heart out.

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