We started last week with some very encouraging news. Turnouts in the RCVS Council and VN Council elections were both significantly up on last year (25% and 67% respectively) and, in the case of VN Council, the highest on record! I’m delighted with these results because they indicate increasing levels of engagement with the profession.
Interestingly, all members on both Councils who were standing again were re-elected, and in both cases, the highest number of votes went to younger and ‘unknown’ candidates. I think this speaks well for endorsing the direction in which we are heading, as well as embracing the need for a continual renewal. If you voted, thank you, if you didn’t, we will try to do more to convince you that it’s worth your while.
Whilst Electoral Reform Services were counting up the votes, the Senior Team spent Monday at the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill for a full-day meeting to focus on our organisational purpose and to begin to think about our goals and targets over the next three years. It proved an inspiring setting although, sadly, the chocolate exhibits were not for consumption.
Last Wednesday we met with the BVA Officers and discussed everything from the RCVS Charitable Trust and Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine, to the First Rate Regulator initiative and possible changes to the Practice Standards Scheme.
As you can see from the photo below, the BVA President Elect, Robin Hargreaves, has an interesting way of persuading the RCVS President to see his point of view – he obviously doesn’t know that Jacqui is a dab hand with a knife!
We’re now approaching the end of a very full-on week of Committee meetings – always a challenge for even the most passionate of bureaucrats! First up was the Audit & Risk Committee last Wednesday and three-and-a-half hours of looking at year-end accounts for last year (hearing that must make you quite envious of my job!).
Last Friday we had the Legislative Working Party with plenty of discussion around how we should change our Charter. There were some obscure, but very entertaining, discussions around the Crimean War and the RCVS involvement in allowing more horses to go into battle!
Then, this last week, we’ve had the quadruple whammy of VN Council, Education Policy & Specialisation Committee, Communication & Public Affairs Board and Planning & Resources Committee. There have been no major decisions to make this time around.
This is the last round of Committees under the old regime, with the new Operational Board coming into being in July, with smaller Committees and clearer lines of decision-making.