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Review finds weaknesses in RCVS governance

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‘WEAKNESSES exist in the governance of the RCVS which pose significant risks to the proper conduct of its business. Executive staff have not been provided with a robust governance framework by the Council, and this has led to a number of unnecessary misunderstandings between executive staff and non-executive members of Council. These matters should be urgently addressed by Council in order to ensure that the confidence of ordinary members of the profession in their College can be restored.’

This is the overall conclusion drawn by a review group that was set up by the College to examine ‘all aspects that relate to the RCVS budgeting and expenditure processes and to propose lessons that should be learned’. The group was formed following an announcement on RCVS Day this year by the then RCVS President, Peter Jinman, that a review would be carried out into the circumstances that led to higher-than-expected expenditure on a new database for the College and on development works at the RCVS's headquarters building in London. The RCVS Officers asked Bill McKelvey, a member of the College's Governance Review Group, and two of the Privy Council-appointed members of RCVS Council, Richard Davis and Judith …

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