CONTROVERSY has been sparked by a decision to hold a postal ballot to conduct a vote of no confidence in the chairman of the Island’s biggest charity.
Forms were sent out by post on Thursday to the 7,500 members of the Family Nursing and Home Care charity to determine whether they want chairman Richard Pirouet to stand down over his handling of the suspension of chief executive Karen Huchet.
But the 12 members of the charity’s association said that not only was a postal ballot outside the rules of its constitution, but that it was also unnecessarily costly.
The spokesman for the group of 12, Jo Bowers, said that a properly constituted special general meeting had been arranged for Thursday at the Town Hall and that only votes cast at the meeting should be taken into account. However, the charity’s vice-chairman Chris Dickinson said that the decision to issue a postal ballot was taken in the interests of ‘fairness and equity’. He said that many of the association’s members were elderly and infirm and may not have been able to attend the special general meeting.
Pictured: FNHC chairman Richard Pirouet addresses a meeting of the charity’s members in January