Open Letter to the NCMD

The following letter has been written by the Chairmen of the Yorkshire, Western, Midland and Southern regions of the NCMD to the General Secretary of the NCMD, Kevin Gorman

Dear Kevin.
Following your post of an Open Letter on the NCMD website and associated Social Media accounts on the 17th July 2021 we note the following statement “To help clear the air and assure you of our commitment to finding an amicable way forward, the Executive Officers and the 5 other regions would like to make it clear that they would welcome independent binding mediation if that was something the Yorkshire, Western, Midland and Southern regions would consider.

In response the Yorkshire, Midlands, Western and Southern region’s Chairmen would welcome a face-to-face meeting with the Chairman of the NCMD, the Executive Officers and the other four Regions Chairmen or a representative of each, as per clause 12 of the Constitution, +1 (Scotland, North West, North East, Anglia and a properly elected member from the Central Register).

Throughout our discussions we have insisted that meetings held to address the serious issues identified should be face-to-face rather than utilising electronic media, in fact our only “fault” is that we have not attended electronic meetings. The proposed meeting should be held under the chairmanship of an agreed independent arbitrator, preferably with a legal qualification, to achieve legally binding mediation between all parties.

Can you please place this on your website and Facebook accounts so that the membership can see that we are trying to resolve the issue. This will ensure that the forward direction and control of our great organisation will once more be where it belongs, in accordance with the Constitution and within the full control of its members.

On behalf of:
Midland Region / Southern Region / Western Region / Yorkshire Region

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David
David
5 days ago

No update on the original article after publication of the NCMD response? Disappointed in that Peter, it looks like you are presenting a very one-sided story.

Paul
Admin
5 days ago
Reply to  David

When the original article was written, we did say that both parties could state their case on the website. The 4 “Opposition” regions subsequently sent us an open letter with permission to publish. The NCMD didn’t send their statement to us for publication on the website. Because this statement already appeared to have wide publicity by the time we became aware of it and because we had difficulty embedding it on the website, we didn’t update the article for it. I think you are right that this made us appear one-sided. We have now published an article on the NCMD’s statement: https://detectingfinds.co.uk/statement-from-ncmd

Our hope had been, by publicising the split, that both sides may have felt some pressure to find a way to work together. It is very welcome to see the NCMD’s offer of arbitration and the “Opposition” regions acceptance of that offer

David
David
5 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Thank you Paul.

Steve C
Steve C
4 days ago
Reply to  David

Perhaps with hindsight it would have been more pratical to have consulted the NCMD first giving them an opportuity to comment alongside the piece provided by the four Regions.

Without doing so suggest looking for a “scoop” rather than seeking to present a balanced viewpoint to be considered by readers and NCMD members alike. Hence the publication in isolation can be taken as partisan by some readers.

It would also be useful to provide names of the four Regional Chairman who have produced the documents. Many people are unaware of who they are and who they represent.

Paul
Admin
3 days ago
Reply to  Steve C

I disagree. The Executive of NCMD held an EGM on 10 July 2021 at which decided they would “no longer recognise” the chosen representatives of 4 of the 8 regional bodies. Taking this step to effectively disenfranchise 4 regions means that a large number of NCMD members are no longer represented. This is one of the most serious courses of action that a membership organisation can take. The Executive of the NCMD should have immediately announced that is what they had done and the reasons why. It was only after the publication of our article, 6 days later, that the NCMD issued a statement.

SteveC
SteveC
2 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Well that is my opinion and i stick by it.

Anyway it would be useful to list the names of the Chairmen of each Region for the benefit of readers. For example i dont have a clue who the Southern Region Chairperson is.