I was on holiday last week in Wales – Solva on the Pembrokeshire coast. A pretty fishing village where Welsh TV were filming Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood”. I went for a superb 14 mile walk along the coast on a beautiful day when the Atlantic sea looked like the Med. (but not the same temperature!) Visited St David’s Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace..the whole area is rich in references to Celtic Christianity. Very fine.
And straight back in on Monday morning at 9.15 am to a meeting of our sub group of Trustees and then a full Trustee meeting on Tuesday evening with a long agenda. The Board appointed and welcomed two brilliant new Trustees and we are fortunate in having a very strong, experienced and capable Board. The Board approved last year’s Report and Accounts, and also a new methodology for assessing the Outcomes of what we do…a notoriously difficult but necessary task. Intended outcomes have to be accompanied by performance measures or else the term “outcome” (ie. what difference is made) is just being used for motherhood and apple pie effect. The Board agreed to my proposals though urged caution in not spending too much time on measuring performance rather than delivering…remembering we are a small team of 3.7 FTE
We had a presentation from Surrey CC about their commissioning of services for young people - £32 mill. worth, and the Board also approved the first increase in membership fees for 4 years, and other changes so that we can take on businesses as Associate (non-voting) members so that they can access our CommUniLAB project.
Since it was my last Trustees meeting I was surprised by the appearance of chocolate cake (favourite) and fizz. And kind words.
The rest of the week saw the finalising and updating of the submission papers for Pqasso (qa system), and work by colleagues in arranging our Youth Social Action conference on Saturday 15 November. I was at a Surrey Connects Enterprise Working Group this morning when amongst other points we were updated on the exciting plans for a University Technical College in Guildford near Kings Manor School. Back to the Future - I could not help feel that if we as a country stopped messing around with education we’d serve our young people better…did you say what’s wrong with technical colleges and polytechnics?