How good governance has helped the profession

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With my colleagues Mike Nichols and Alistair Godbold both standing for re-election at this years AGM, Ive been asked in the interests of good governance to take up the challenge of board blogger. Its been 4 years since APM changed its governance arrangements from a large Council of members to this smaller board structure. The change, part of the Delivering the Future programme, allowed for a decision-making and oversight body that focused on strategy while a strong executive at Ibis House delivered the associations business.

The new arrangements have proved very effective. The new board made a commitment to Chartered status at its very first meeting after years of discussion across the profession. The forum of the board has provided a structure that is stable and accountable, as well as constantly refreshing the work of the APM with new ideas that they bring and from listening to the SIGs and branches as well as the membership.

Septembers board meeting was the last before the AGM and an opportunity to thank those standing down from their board responsibility. This year deputy chair Joseph Alba is one of two trustees not putting themselves forward for re-election. For three years Joseph has provided invaluable support in our campaign for Chartered status and has become a key instigator in the development of our international and government relations.

Trevor Band is also standing down. Trevor has also proved a great strategic thinker, influencer and facilitator for APM whilst also providing an essential channel of communication for members who are active within the branches.

The new board members coming in at the Annual General Meeting in November will be contributing to an association that is not only striving, but also seeing the benefits of its strategy for better standards of professionalism. The pilot for our new project professional standard has had excellent stakeholder feedback allowing us to move onto its second stage.

The board also unanimously approved the new Specific Interest Group for portfolio management, which will combine the work of a number of other APM SIGs in this area as well as the key work already undertaken to date by the government-based working group on the subject.

Alongside the new website, route to APMP, Body of Knowledge refresh and, of course, Chartered status itself, there is much for the APM and the board to be proud of, and still much to do.

The AGM is your opportunity to help shape the profession and the association. Your voting papers should be with you now, or very soon, but if you want to view the candidates and, for the first time ever, ask them questions online, then head for our web community.

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Posted by Geoff Lowe on 6th Oct 2010

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Geoff Lowe is a member of the APM board

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