4th May 2020
Dear Access Association Membership
Further to my letter published in the Spring 2020 edition of Access Today I am writing to inform you I will be standing down as President at midnight on Friday 8th May.
I was keen to make the whole Association membership aware of my plans to stand down as soon as possible, however when Access Today was published; I felt unable to put a date on this. This was because I felt obligated to wait until a process was established to ensure a new President could be elected, especially in the situation we all currently find ourselves in due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the Spring edition of Access Today was published, the Associations amazing Management Team have undertaken a great deal of work, and have managed to draft procedures under the existing Articles of Association which will allow electronic voting, and therefore a remote election for a new President to take place (pending approval by National Council).
Due to this- I feel more confident putting a date on me standing down as President.
As I explained in my letter in Access Today, over my 7 years as President I have been very lucky to have worked with and have had the support of the Associations National Council, and great Management Teams, who have helped me enormously in undertaking the role of President.
The Association has changed over the last 7 years, but as outgoing President I feel it is essential that, going forwards, this change continues to ensure the Associations future survival in our ever-changing world. I feel it would be remiss of me not to emphasise how critical I feel it is that the Association continues to evolve, adopting and promoting a more inclusive social approach. The Association needs to continue to work with its membership to improve the knowledge, competency levels and professional standards, working to strengthen the credibility of the profession.
I do have one last, and I know some would say controversial suggestion; I feel the Association needs to change and update its name, to better reflect and incorporate a greater emphasis on inclusivity. I leave this task with National Council to consider, as I am sure they will continue to make decisions in the best interests of the Association and its membership.
I would like to thank the Access Association membership for giving me the amazing opportunity of being their President, and for being so supportive of me in the role. I feel honoured to have held the role of President for the last 7 years, and I wish the Association every success in the future.
Access Association President 2013 – 2020