Same same but different - BDS' legal entity

By the start of the new financial year in April 2019, Book Discussion Scheme will become a charitable trust. Essentially the day-to-day operations will remain the same but legally, and at a governance level, things will change for the nationwide non-profit.

When BDS was established in 1973, it was set up as a sub-committee of its parent organisation, the Federation of Workers Educational Associations. This national body was formed in 1920 and coordinated regional WEAs to provide adult education.

BDS will now become a stand-alone charitable trust and, officially, a sibling of the WEAs.

To help celebrate the change in status, the BDS board invited staff and volunteers, plus the new advisory board, to celebrate together at the BDS office pre-Christmas. Also in attendance was BDS life member and the original BDS co-ordinator (manager), Gertrud Cocks. Some bubbles may have been proffered!

The new structure was explained and the new Board members and the newly established Advisory Committee were introduced.

One of the new board members is Rachel Eadie, the former manager of Scorpio Books in Christchurch, who has recently moved to Penguin Random House NZ to be their South Island Regional Executive. Jeff Walker (the president of Federation of WEAs) and John Sullivan (Canterbury WEA president) are also now members of the board. 

Continuing in their roles are long-standing board members Murray Jones, Bill Hardie, Beth Davies and Derek Willis.  

Past board member and Auckland Libraries library manager Karen Harbers now chairs the new advisory committee, which includes:

• Penelope Tinsley (Tararua convenor and BDS reviewer)
• Nicola Swain (a convenor in Dunedin).

This committee will oversee the board.

Manager Barbara Brown says she is thrilled to be working with such an able group of people.

An annual AGM will be held as a result of the new structure.

Rachel Eadie has joined the new BDS board

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The Book Discussion 
Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
BDS is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations