D&AD held a General Meeting at 64 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH on 2nd August 2017 at 6.15pm at which its members were asked to consider and vote on a special resolution to adopt new articles of association (New Articles).
The Board of Trustees recommended that the New Articles were adopted to bring D&AD’s constitution up to date, to ensure that D&AD is better placed to meet the challenges of the future, and to introduce a leaner and more effective decision-making process for the management of D&AD.
The New Articles made several important changes to D&AD’s constitution, including:
- Changes to the overall composition of the Board of Trustees and how individual Trustees are appointed – replacing the current ballot process with a recruitment and appointment process overseen by the Trustees, and supported by a new Appointment Committee.
- Changes to how the members of D&AD are defined under the constitution – while D&AD’s day-to-day relationship with its subscriber members will not be changing, under the New Articles the D&AD Trustees will become the sole members of D&AD for the purposes of decision-making under the constitution. This change is being made to allow D&AD to make decisions more expediently and the Trustees more accountable for the outcomes of the organisation.
- The introduction of a new D&AD Governance Policy – providing a transparent set of rules which set out how the governance of D&AD works, as well as the roles, responsibilities and operating process of various bodies and people within its structure.