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Transformation programme given the green light

27 June 2019 | by Chief Executive

Since our Board of Trustees approved funding for the initial phase of our transformation programme back in March we’ve made excellent progress, and I’m delighted that the second phase was given the green light at a recent meeting.

Trustees are your representatives at the Society’s senior level, and it’s vital that we have their support and trust if we are to make our ambitious plan for the future of the BPS a reality.

This second phase, now approved, will take us through to December 2020, by which time you will be members of a Society which is more confident, more responsive and more representative.

We are proud to be the home of psychology in the UK, but the landscape of our discipline is changing, so we also need to provide a space for members of the wider psychological professions.

With this in mind, we will be conducting a review of our current membership grades to make sure that they more accurately reflect a member’s career path. This will help us to achieve one of the key aims of our transformation plan, to be a genuine companion to our members all the way through their careers.

All of this will require us to be braver and bolder in taking decisions and having a voice, and I hope that you’re already hearing our voice more around issues which affect our members and our discipline.

This is an exciting time for us, and I want all members to feel informed throughout the transformation process. The purpose of all of our work is to provide a better and more supportive Society for you, so if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can do this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Board of Trustees meeting also saw our Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts agreed, and this is now available for members to view on our website.

This document gives an overview of what we achieved in 2018, and how these activities have been accounted for financially.

Our Review of the Year will soon be available on the same page, which is a more comprehensive look at our work towards meeting our objectives in 2018. It’s a good way for our members to find out more about the breadth of the work which we do to advance psychology.

Members who are interested in finding out more about 2018 for the Society are welcome to join us at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester for our AGM on July 19th.

There will be a question and answer session which follows the meeting, where my senior management team and I will be happy to take questions from members – these can also be submitted in advance.

The AGM will mark a changeover in our presidential team, with David Murphy taking over as Society President from Professor Kate Bullen.

It has been a pleasure working with Kate, particularly on her passion of improving psychology education, and I’m looking forward to welcoming David to the role.

Voting is open until the end of this week to elect our President for 2020, and I would encourage all of our members to cast their vote and help our drive to make the BPS more democratic than it has ever been before.

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