It's the APM Board Election 2016. Should you bother?

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What follows is a summary of a blog I did last year. So if it appears familiar, thanks for reading it first time around. The thinking remains valid and the basic plea is to encourage voting in the board elections. I believe this to be more important than ever for two reasons:

  • There has been a remarkable level of interest in being on the Board. Twenty-one of your colleagues have put themselves forward; shattering the previous record of eleven. Surely this level of interest demands your attention and input?
     
  • APM has of course taken another big step forward to becoming a Chartered body. The Board you elect will be leading your association in these exciting times.

So here again is my rationale for why you should vote.  

I’ve had it myself. An anonymous and official looking envelope drops through the post box. Is it a bill? Tax rebate? Something exciting? Hmm. Someone wants me to vote in their election for something or somebody. Do I bother? It can be a tough choice – do I engage with breakfast or my democratic freedoms? Sadly, even a company secretary can need persuading to engage with lofty matters such as somebody else’s corporate governance. 

APM bucked the national trend again last year. Our turnout was well into the upper quartile at 18.2%. Although that will sound low for most purposes, it is actually highly creditable in this context. So, with this good performance, do we still need to improve? We certainly want to. Given that we think we’ve now made the process pretty slick, how can we improve from here? Well, I think we will need to try and convince you that this election is an important thing to be involved in. 

Much depends on how one thinks about a vote and what it can mean. Brexit for example? I recently had the opportunity to vote for the trustees of a pension fund. Is that important? I might instinctively think ‘no’. However, if you ask me if I care whether an amateur or politically motivated candidate takes control of the investment that is intended to secure my retirement, I might well change my mind. 

By voting, you decide who sets the strategy and direction of the Association and who holds staff to account. That in turn will influence the shape and direction of the profession as a whole. I suspect that if you ask yourselves this question, most of you really do care about the outcome. Isn’t the future of your Association and your profession something worth getting involved in? I would say so and I urge you to take part and to cast your vote.

Did I convince you? I hope so. Please do comment below if you have any thoughts. To vote, please see the details online. One final request from me - please do consider attending this year’s AGM which will be held on the morning of Monday 21st November in London. Full details are in the events section here.  

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Posted by Mike Robinson on 21st Oct 2016

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Mike Robinson is Company Secretary at the Association for Project Management.

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