Committee Reports Sept 2016


New members

Richard Thomas was welcomed to the meeting, as the Board Trustee taking over as Chair of the Advisory Committee, following Gavin Richardson stepping down after the conclusion of his term of office.

Paul Finnegan, Chair Designate of the North West Board, and June Lancaster, representing North East, Yorkshire, Humberside, were also welcomed to the meeting.

Development of Regional priority initiatives  - As a follow up to the meeting of Regional Chairs and Trustees on 13 July 2016, members considered how to progress the agreed priorities to underpin Regional Operating Plans 2017/18.  Discussion encompassed Student Ambassadors, Mentoring and ‘Future Leaders’, given the significant numbers of Students and potential members coming out of Business Schools as a result of partnership activity.

Discussion then turned to the new Mentoring scheme, the official launch email for which was shortly to be issued.  Over 700 Mentees were already registered and 115 mentoring partnerships formed.  It was clear that the scheme would be resource intensive as it built momentum, and scalability and sustainability were therefore issues under debate.  Quality assurance was also important as the pool of mentors and mentees grew. 

Initial thoughts were then shared on the ‘Future Leaders’ initiative, the timescale for launch of which was January 2017.  This would also form a core theme at the November Board/Committee engage day. 

Draft Operating Plan guidelines 2017/18 -         Guidance for the Operating Plan process were briefly introduced.  The priority strands of activity were clearly defined as Higher Education, Learner Conversion (encompassing Student Ambassadors, Mentoring and ‘Future Leaders’), Apprenticeships and a catch-all category of Member Engagement.  Further strands of activity, where Board capacity allowed, were seen as professional body relationships, relationship building with Further Education/private training providers; and thought leadership.

It was up to each Board to decide the extent to which it could cover all of these initiatives, dependent on level of capacity, skill set and specialist knowledge within the Board team

The next step was for Boards to prepare their Operating Plans by the deadline of 27 January 2017.  Chairs were encouraged to maintain contact with each other during this preparatory work, seeking advice and sharing different approaches.

CMI Regional Network -  The Regional restructuring in 2013 had sought to move away from networks at a sub-regional level that had their own governance structures.  Regional Boards were able to set up and oversee informal networks, whether sector, thematic or geographically based.  There needed to be total clarity in terms of what such networks could and could not do and how they would be set up.

The challenges in managing ‘legacy’ geographical networks, including Eastern, Southern and Thames Valley Regions, were being handled robustly with support provided to the Chairs from the executive team, the aim being to resolve these issues as swiftly as possible.

A draft ‘Volunteer Proposition’ document, drawn up by London and South East Board, was welcomed, as it stressed the two-way commitment between the Institute and volunteer community.

CMI International Volunteer Activity     - Members noted recent developments in international activity, with a focus on extension of Higher Education partnership activity and re-engagement with volunteer Boards in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka and a prospective new network in Malaysia.  The question to be posed, therefore, was how best to involve and engage these Boards/Networks with the activities of the UK Regions and Devolved Nations.

The Committee APPROVED, as proposed, that a virtual sub-committee should be set up, chaired by Richard Thomas and comprising the Chairs of the three Devolved Nations and (in the first instance) Chair of London and South East Region.