The interim president of the FCSI World Wide has expressed the association’s desire not to lose any UK& I members as a result of the news that the UK chapter will cease to exist from January.
James Petersen, who serves as secretary-treasurer and interim president of FCSI World Wide, called the situation an “administrative change” and said there was no truth in the suggestion that consultants would lose their FCSI membership despite the local branch disbanding.
“To continue their FCSI membership, current members need to do nothing except to direct any administrative items to EAME,” he said. “There will, I suspect, be some transition required that will not be in place in the coming fortnight, but it will be in process.”
Petersen said the FCSI cherished all its members and particularly recognised the value and prominence of those in the UK and Ireland. He also left the door open for the FCSI UK branch to be resurrected in future.
“While there will for the time being not be an administrative organisation exclusively for this region, there is nothing to prevent EAME from establishing a successor local unit at an opportune time to be determined,” he noted.
Petersen also offered a different version of events to the one that the FCSI UK’s leadership had circulated to members last week when it informed them of its disbandment after pushing for greater “added value” for their membership.
He said the FCSI UK leadership initiated the change when it unilaterally notified EAME several months ago that it was withdrawing from the FCSI effective 1 January 2016. He claims this termination notice was then retracted only for the EAME board to vote against accepting the retraction by a majority of eight to two.
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