Constitution and By-laws review — member consultation

IPEd’s national office has released documents for its review of the Constitution and By-laws (formerly referred to as branch by-laws). Hopefully you have already read about this in the CEO reports from Karen Lee, or in a recent edition of Bookworm.

These reviews are the biggest change to IPEd’s governing principles since the transition to direct membership in June/July 2016. Some changes are copy editing corrections and should be uncontroversial. Many of the substantive changes signalled so far by Council and staff are recommendations and are provisional — but other changes are required under the Corporations Act 2001.

Review documents

This link opens a PDF of the review documents (3 MB). For each of the documents under review, there is a table describing the proposed changes and a copy of the original document marked up with revisions.

For comparison, if you wish, you can view versions of both documents without mark ups:
IPEd Constitution 1 July 2016
IPEd branch by-laws

Providing feedback

We can provide feedback by writing notes to address points in either or both of the documents. I imagine it would also be fine to add comments directly in the PDF using the tools in your favourite PDF viewer. (The mark ups you see in the review papers cannot be accepted/rejected as they would be in a MS Word document.)

Please send feedback directly to the IPEd secretary, Connie Finestone:
secretary@iped-editors.org
by 31 August 2018

Opportunities for discussion

The IPEd secretary has scheduled a webinar to discuss the changes:
Tuesday 14 August 2018

It might be worth the Editors WA branch organising a local meeting to discuss any proposals we disagree with, or any other changes we would like to see made. Please email the Editors WA secretary, Tracy Piper (edwa.admin@iped-editors.org), if you want the committee to arrange this.

Contacts

Do you have questions about the process? Are you not able to access the review documents from the website?

For either of these, send an email to WA Councillor, Stephen White: cr.edwa@iped.editors.org

Staff changes in IPEd national office

New secretary for IPEd

There has recently been an important change to staffing in the IPEd national office. Margaret Telford, IPEd secretary since 2013–14 has resigned for personal reasons.

Margaret has been an invaluable, highly professional and highly respected secretary for IPEd during her tenure, especially over the transition from IPEd as a peak body for State societies to the direct membership model. She also became a much-relied-upon source of information and knowledge about IPEd’s constitution and functions, and who’s who.

Margaret’s replacement is Mike Willoughby. Mike has been a fully qualified company secretary for 16 years, with a background in accounting and subsequently in company law overseas and in Australia. He has worked in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Thus, Mike brings a wealth of experience to the position in which he will work on a 0.3 FTE basis.

The email for Mike remains the same: secretary@iped-editors.org

We will keep you abreast of any other changes to national office staffing if and as they arise.


In other news…

WA editors may be interested to know that IPEd has identified thesis and academic editing as an important early project for the restructured organisation to work on. Thesis editing appears to be one of the most controversial disciplines for editors across the country. Notwithstanding the professional guidelines (http://iped-editors.org/About_editing/Editing_theses.aspx), debate erupts sporadically about the level of editing that can and should be applied to theses, and the ways in which edits are implemented.

Another significant current and on-going project for IPEd is the revision of Style manual. The sixth edition is now more than a decade old and is in urgent need of updating. IPEd is one of several organisations with the credentials to undertake this important task. An IPEd working party comprising representatives from all states and territories is being set up to coordinate a strategy and IPEd is looking at possible collaborative working arrangements with other organisations. Word on progress will be disseminated as the project unfolds.

For more information on these or any other news from IPEd, go to http://iped-editors.org/News_and_events/View_News.aspx or contact your IPEd WA Councillor, Stephen White.