I've just been told that Chris Pearson from Essex branch was elected as interim NAPO Chair at today's NEC meeting.
I'd heard that too and it generated these follow-ups:-
Don't know anything about this Chris but hope he gets more concise and frequent info out to members : it feels as if too often we are left in vacuum about what National Napo are doing.
I'm sure Chris will keep things on course until October. He is well regarded as a safe pair of hands. Some of the communications from Napo HQ are a bit lengthy and they could do with a good editor with a red pen.
Good old Tolkny posted the original comment on the Napo Forum website and the accuracy was confirmed by Biggles on Thursday. By Saturday pavia wondered:-
Doesn't this merit an official notification? If we can win awards for our social media you'd have thought members could be told of the NEC decision to appoint Chris.
It's now Tuesday and still no official word from Chivalry Road. So what's going on? Readers might be interested to know that, such is the dire situation the whole service finds itself in, with the help of an honest broker, I decided to make direct contact with the new interim Chair last week. Contact via text messages was established and an email address supplied. The following email was sent on Friday, but sadly has gone unacknowledged:-
Thanks for being so willing to make contact and first off can I say that any exchanges between us I regard as 'off the record' and Chatham House Rules apply.So, why the radio silence? I suspect there is a bit of a row going on behind the scenes. It's probably connected to news leaking out about Napo's woeful neglect of our Parliamentary friends following the ditching of Harry Fletcher's 50-point Action Plan and his summary departure earlier this year.
It would be a crass understatement to say that my initially modest blogging efforts have taken me on one hell of a journey and as a result I probably know far too much for my own good.
The aim and mission is extremely simple and straight forward - defeat of TR! I don't really have any other agenda as I long ago left behind the moanings of a disgruntled PO and the blog to my utter surprise turned instead into quite a slick information and propaganda machine that I know the MoJ are quite concerned about.
Put simply, the blog and Napo would appear at face value to share common cause, and I have always tried to be supportive of the Union, but at the same time be as honest as possible with the readership. As seasoned PO's I think we can all spot bullshit and PR spin when being fed to us from any direction and I resolutely try and tell things as I see them - hence my spats with the readership over Tom Rendon and the Probation Institute for instance.
I think my essential message is I really do want to be helpful at this very difficult time for Napo and hence hearing of your interim Chairmanship, decided to take the unusual step of getting in touch direct. Previously Joanna Hughes had the task of acting as intermediary with Tom and more recently Harry Fletcher.
I appreciate you are in a difficult and somewhat unusual situation, but at an absolutely critical time in the life of the Union and when it's whole future could be in jeopardy. Both I and people I trust such as Joanna, Xxxx Xxxxxxx and Xxxxx want to see a healthy, effective Union, totally focused on fighting this TR omnishambles and are keen to help in any way we can.
This is probably sufficient to kick things off and I look forward to hearing from you. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have and any thoughts as to how we could assist in prosecuting the TR fight even more effectively.
I'm told a key meeting in Parliament last week was cancelled by Napo and this in effect scuppered any chance of an Opposition adjournment debate this side of the Summer Recess. I'm led to believe that, contrary to the impression given in recent bulletins, Parliamentarians say they have not felt adequately briefed and have had little contact with Napo officials since Harry's departure.
It pains me to recite all this in public because we're supposed to be fighting TR, not each other, but I feel an obligation towards readers of this blog to speak as I find and be as truthful as I can. The leadership of Napo at the top is utterly dysfunctional and it's to be hoped that the 3 months that the interim Chair has available to them will be long enough to knock a few heads together before it's all too late.