Ahead of the BAPEN conference in Harrogate we would like to explain a very important proposal that will be put to a vote of all members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 20th of November.

The current structure of BAPEN relies on a Council that is formed from its Executive (President, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer and Senior Officers Executive), core groups (PINNT, NNNG, BPNG, PENG, BAPEN Medical, BSPGHAN), standing committees (BANS, MAG, Education & Training and Programmes), Special Interest Groups (BIFA, NG SIG) and associate organisations (Nutrition Society, BSG). The Executive enact the will of Council. The Trustees of the charity are the President, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer.

BAPEN current constitution

Most similar organisations have moved to having a Board of Trustees and it is proposed that BAPEN appoints a Patron, a President of the Trustees, 2-5 additional external Trustees to form a Board of Trustees together with the BAPEN Officers, executive officers and the chair of BAPEN Faculty (to be renamed the BAPEN Independent Advisory Committee, IAC). This Board of Trustees would be invited according to their experience and connections and elected by Council.

This proposed update to the structure is shown below and the full revised constitution can be read here

BAPEN structure

BAPEN structure

Organisation of the Board of Trustees

Organisation of the Board of Trustees

Over the past 25 years BAPEN has achieved a great deal. However, increased clinical time pressures of all council members and the executive impacts on their ability to be able to commit sufficiently to the organisation. Moving to a Board of Trustees is potentially a transformative change in how BAPEN runs in order to dramatically change its profile, status and income over the next 25 years. If individuals with significant influence and worth become involved in the organisation, this will have the potential to change the profile, influence and finances for BAPEN. It will always be important for BAPEN to maintain its key influence from the core groups and any structural change should not affect this.

We look forward to seeing you in Harrogate and welcoming you to the AGM.

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