Staying alive (apologies for your ear worm)
It has reached our ears that some people are concerned that BAPCA might be folding at the conference and thus it might not be worth coming/signing up to BAPCA. We want to assure you that this is definitely not the case!
We were in need of a new treasurer and a new chair, and we could not legally continue without a treasurer, although we do not legally need a chair. We have been very fortunate to have Lindsay van Dijk volunteer for the treasurer role. She is currently co-opted and hopes to be voted in fully at the conference. This means that the future of BAPCA is secured. In the rare possibility that Lindsay wasn't voted in, she would remain co-opted until/unless someone else was voted in. So. In short, we are not folding!
As for the role of chair (convenor), this is not a legal requirement, and if the trustees/CG so chose, we could either 'job-share' the role, or someone from within the trustees/CG can be nominated for the role from inside the CG (this is what happened last time, with Marc). We would also welcome applications for the role from current members. One of the things that people often mention amongst themselves is that the CG are insular. The CG would absolutely appreciate anyone volunteering to join us. We have spaces available and jobs that would love to be filled, and if you fancy spending a couple of hours a month making a small amount of person-centred difference, please, let us know!