Your vote, your voice, your IPSE
- 21 Jan 2019
A few moments of your time today can ensure a better tomorrow for you and your fellow IPSE members.
Both as a member of 20 years’ standing and as the CEO of IPSE, I would call on my fellow IPSE members to cast their vote to support the Board’s proposals. You can do this very easily by giving the Chairman your proxy online at ipse.in/agm2019
The two biggest changes that the Board are recommending are, firstly, that the whole membership, for the very first time, will be entitled to vote in Director elections. I strongly believe that every IPSE member should have their voice heard and should be entitled to a truly democratic say in how IPSE is run.
Secondly, the Consultative Council, which has historically acted as the electoral college for Board elections, will be disbanded and replaced with a brand new Membership Forum.
This Forum will enable IPSE to speak directly with a wide cross-section of our members, ensuring that we have the views of every type of member, from diverse geographic and sectoral areas. More details on the Members Forum and how it will be composed can be found here ipse.in/members-forum
I strongly believe that voting FOR the resolution will ensure IPSE can best represent the interests of all of our fellow members and the wider freelance community.
IPSE represents many thousands of the UK’s growing self-employed community; this is a sector renowned for its flexibility and agility to adapt to the changing economic landscape.
The changes outlined by the Board and to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting will put your interests at the heart of everything we do. They will also help us make your voice heard by politicians and business decision makers.
IPSE will continue to be a forward-looking organisation, embracing change where we see it benefiting our members and the wider self-employed community. If we are to continue to be the most powerful voice representing the UK’s 4.8m self-employed, the status quo is not an option for IPSE.
I believe that this is a change for the better and urge you to support the proposals – your vote counts.
Meet the author
Chris was one of the original 2,000 members of the organisation when it was formed as the Professional Contractors Group in 1999 and was a long-time contractor with a strong client base in global scale change management.
Before becoming a contractor Chris had a career in sales and marketing followed by 10 years in senior management in the logistics industry. Chris was appointed as Interim CEO in June 2013 and accepted the role permanently in December 2013.
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