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By Professor Trevor Cooling: Chair of the REC
The Board met at the REC offices from noon to 5pm on 14th March 2019.
There were no apologies. The Board paid tribute and said farewell to Ffion Cook, whom is leaving her employment with the REC as Finance and Operations Manager, and welcomed Hazel Boyd who was present for her first Board meeting in her capacity as the new Communications and Executive Assistant.
The initial formalities were to note potential conflicts of interest, to receive and then accept the minutes of the 16th October meeting and to receive, correct and then accept the minutes of the of 6th December 2018 and to review matters arising.
Sarah Lane Cawte joined the meeting and, in her capacity as Chair of the REC Governance Committee, led a discussion activity focused on sharing ideas on what RE is and what was the core purpose of the REC. The discussion was working towards reviewing the criteria for REC membership. The governance Committee was asked to take this matter forward.
The revised REC strategic plan updated to incorporate the response to the CoRE report was tabled and unanimously adopted.
The Chair explained that the Implementation Group had had two meetings since the 6th December Board meeting. He then noted that three Board members were Council representatives for organisations that had made public criticisms of the CoRE report. He reminded the Board that everyone served as a Board member in their own right and not as a representative of a member organisation, but recognised the conflict of loyalties this may create. The Chair then explained the work that had begun to raise funding for the CoRE implementation.
The Board then engaged in a discussion of the draft implementation plan and a prioritising activity to identify the strategically most important elements. The results of this activity will inform the future work of the Commission Implementation Group.