04 September 2018 | by Chief Executive
One clear challenge placed with me on my arrival at the BPS has been to invigorate the structural review.
It very quickly became clear to me that the process has stalled but also that actually the structural review was not just about structure or change that needed to be delivered ‘to’ our networks but rather was an integrated part of a much wider Society review.
It asks fundamental questions as to the purpose of BPS and has considerable implications for the way we are organised, as well as both what and how we deliver.
The Society Review is about the process of change that we all have to undertake in order to become the organisation that our members want it to be.
I have also been keen to direct some urgency to the process and to this end appointed Judith Toland with a specific remit to drive forward the Society review.
In this capacity Judith will be supported by the member networks team, The Society Review Project Officer (Liam Gallagher), and myself.
Since her appointment, we have reviewed comments and previous papers to assist in the development of an initial outline proposal to prompt discussion and encourage feedback.
This is not a final model and will no doubt evolve as we hear and take on your views.
Judith, Liam and the member networks team will be undertaking a series of engagement events with divisions and networks, as well as internally within the BPS, to gather feedback on the straw model we are proposing.
We will be attending as many meetings, conferences and events as possible throughout September to elicit feedback - you can find a schedule of these visits by clicking here - and would also welcome and encourage individuals and groups to get in touch directly to let us know your thoughts.
My intention is to have an interim report for Trustees ready by the end of September, followed by further consultation through to October, with a view to producing a final report by November.
The report is just the beginning of the journey that we need to embark upon and I aim to develop a transformation and implementation plan for BPS by the end of February 2019. This transformation programme will be ongoing and is likely to take around 18 months.
Initial feedback from the Society review has pointed to:
Ultimately the Society needs to change. We’re trying to do this in a way that makes it less complex to navigate and access the benefits and services that you need, and we want to do this with the involvement and contribution of Members at its heart, so I would encourage you all to have your say, get in touch, and contribute to the discussion at every opportunity.
Regardless of your standing and status in the Society the Society Review will likely have an impact – let's work together to make it a positive one.
If you have any questions or comments about the Society Review please email them directly to [email protected]