Background to the survey
The current Central Council is made up of about 225 members, the majority of whom areelected by their local guilds or associations or else by non-territorial societies such as theCollege Youths or Cumberland Youths, University Societies and so on. There are a smallnumber of additional of life members who are elected by Central Council membersthemselves. The officers of the Council are elected from within the Council membership asare the members of the Council’s Committees which “do the work” of the Council. It ispossible for experts to be appointed as advisory consultants to committees but theoverwhelming majority of the work of the Council is done by the representative members.In the questions in this survey we wish to explore your views on two sets of related changes.
• First, changes in how the current Council, which we call “Central Ringing Body” (CRB)simply to differentiate it from the currently structured Central Council describedabove, should function.
• Second to see whether you would be interested in having more influence over whatthe CRB does by becoming an individual member. This would be organizedsomething like the National Trust or the UK Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). In bothcases the day to day work is guided by a central executive but there are opportunities for allmembers to get involved in the work of the organization and to have a say in setting priorities via the AGM and other means of engagement. They can be described as “Direct Membership Organisations”.
Before these questions, we ask you for a small amount of demographic information, andthen invite you to participate in quick-response focus groups (which will help us as we refineour proposals).