Branch guidance & encouragement for members to join ‘Council+’

The IHBC has launched the first guidance on its experimental organisational re-arrangements that establish an extended UK advisory and oversight body, IHBC’s ‘Council+’, a part of the ‘experimental evolution’ of the IHBC’s governance, so if you would like to get more involved in shaping the future of the IHBC as a whole, let your local Branch Committee know about your interest in joining ‘Council+’.

IHBC Chair Mike Brown said: ‘IHBC+ is about empowering our members at every level, and if you would like to get more involved with us nationally, and understand conservation and how we work from a UK perspective, Council+ offers a perfect opportunity.  It should only take you one working day a year, while it offers un-paralleled experience, opportunities and networks.  So if you are interested in getting involved, be sure to ask your local Branch Committee for details on how you might nominate yourself.’

‘All travel expenses are paid too, so attending Council+ should cost nothing but time and intellectual energy, while it will also bring huge CPD benefits, not least new skills, knowledge and experience across our UK-wide operations.  And with special bursary recognition for new Council+ members to join the Annual School in Norwich this June, there’s all the more reason to get involved!’ 

IHBC President Trefor Thorpe said: ‘IHBC+’ and the new arrangements for an extended Council ‘Council+’ are part of a radical outward reach by the institute to draw in new voluntary capacity, and regenerate existing member interest in our work.  We know that more want to be involved, and IHBC+, and Council+ especially, are how we are trying to facilitate that involvement in the most deliberate way we can: by changing our very structures!

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘The new Branch guidance outlines how, under our new experimental governance arrangements, IHBC’s Branches can help more volunteers get involved with the IHBC’s UK operations.  This includes encouraging our members – regardless of their membership category – to join an expanded body responsible for guiding and oversight of our UK operations – our new ‘Council+’ – which is planned as sitting twice a year, including one working day and one weekend day, initially the Sunday after the Annual School.’ 

For more details on the background speak to your local Branch Committee and keep an eye on our NewsBlogs –  initial information 

Branch links and contacts 

Annual School

Guidance on Annual School bursaries

If you want to find out more about Council+ from the National Office email the IHBC’s Director

Council+ membership guidance will appear in the coming weeks, while you can download the Guidelines for Branches on IHBC+ and Council+ DRAFT 110315

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