[Summary] British Chamber Shanghai Town Hall Meeting

Published on 2017-03-15

On Tuesday 14 March, the British Chamber Shanghai’s Executive Committee invited members to discuss and vote on the proposed amendments to the Chamber’s Constitution and to introduce the latest initiatives planned for the Chamber.

Following opening remarks that commenced the Town Hall meeting, the Chamber’s Executive Director, Phil Roebuck, guided members through the six main areas of amendment, which included:

  • History of the Chamber and its relationship to the BCCC;
  • Definition of the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Committee;
  • Changes to the Executive Committee election process allowing for an additional 30 days of canvassing prior to the opening of the voting process;
  • Allowing existing members of the Executive Committee to stand for re-election for a second term in an existing position and capping the overall time of any member on the Committee to six years;
  • The provision of the introduction of an online voting system; and
  • The language and terminology used in the constitution to provide consistency.

Following a discussion on the proposed amendments, a vote was held based on approve or disapprove, the result was unanimous in favour of approve. The new Constitution will have immediate effect and is available for review on the Chamber website.

Following the vote, the Chamber’s Chairman, Barry Piper, joined Phil in highlighting the key attributes required of an Executive Committee member.

As the evening drew to an end, members were provided with an overview of the Chamber’s key achievements over the past year and an announcement of the Chamber’s new office location. 

The new Constitution can be read here>>