Vote of no confidence for the new trustees of the BNTVA

VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE FOR TRUSTEES

The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association (Charity Number 1173575)

We, the undersigned members of The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association (BNTVA) have composed this letter to express our dissatisfaction with the following trustees (Mrs C McDade, Mr J McDade, Mr A Jones, Mr W Perriman, Mr D Taunt, Mrs S Grigg and Mr J Lax)

We understand the severity of this decision and did not arrive at it hastily.

Over the past several years, the BNTVA has functioned well together, as a cohesive group. We have always been a group that felt more like family. We have been proud of the work they do, working collaboratively, and felt like our input made a difference.

Throughout last 6 months since Mrs C McDade took over as Chairman, we have had concerns regarding her competence, professionalism, and leadership specifically regarding trust, integrity, collaboration, decision making, vision, and her lack of respect for other staff and members.

Under her control, the BNTVA has changed from a caring, trusting environment to a toxic environment for both trustees, members, and previous board members. There have been attacks on members using Social Media, derogatory comments made to members, threats and a racial post made on Facebook referencing ISIS.

We feel she has a lack of attention to, preparation for, or appropriate prioritizing of, the requirements and interests of BNTVA, as well as a failure to recognize and respect the expertise of the trustee board and the input from members.

We feel that there is an inconsistent approach in application of policy and protocol and has an ongoing and uncorrected lack of respect toward members and trustees, ignoring telephone calls, emails, and personal communications. The telephone line is unanswered and the text a friend service has been abolished. Under their control of the Association, they have deleted questions from members and threatened legal action against previous trustees.

Even when input is sought, there is a failure to follow through or a total disregard for the ideas of many; when communication occurs, it is too often delayed and incomplete. Her decisions seem to be primarily made for her own benefit rather than for the benefit of the Association and its members. There is an overall feeling that the Association has lost it’s focus and is no longer campaigning for Recognition for the members.

We need a different, more solid leadership. The reputation of the BNTVA has been brought into disrepute by the actions of these trustees with their Social Media posts, argumentative nature and treatment of members and other trustees. We are insisting in a change of leadership.

We are unanimous in our support of this vote.

  

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