Eligibility

We want to involve more organisations and individuals in the work and ethos of the group, broadening site visit and workshop attendance and take-up of principles.

VSCG is open to organisations or individuals that:

have visitor risk management responsibilities in the countryside or historic built environment or have a role in influencing broad strategic policy on visitor access to the countryside or historic built environment, as defined in this VSCG constitution; and

publicly endorse the VSCG guiding principles, managing their sites in accordance with them; and

offer and contribute expertise in relevant areas.

New members are admitted following application to the Management Board, and payment of the subscription fee. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they meet the criteria in the constitution.

Member organisation benefits

  • access to all site meetings, open talks, discussions on wider issues held throughout the year and across the full geographical range
  • free electronic copy of VSCG publications for internal use by the member’s staff
  • access to members-only area of website where internal documents are shared and debate is encouraged between members
  • an e-newsletter keeping members up to date on court cases of relevance, new publications and other information relevant to the work of the group, including a summary of site meetings for those members not able to attend
  • discounts to attend larger and more widely promoted open seminars or conferences that VSCG may choose to put on from time to time
  • access to contacts in all member organisations to share good practice and seek advice
  • eligible to stand for election to the management board
  • right to vote to elect members of management board

Management structure

A Management Board of no more than eight member organisations, elected by its members, directs VSCG. A minimum of four are needed at management meetings to enable decisions to be made on behalf of VSCG as a whole.

Member organisations are elected to the management board for a two year term but can stand for re-election each time. Four positions on the management board will be elected each year. Management board members are expected to commit to attending a minimum of three meetings a year. Elections will be held at a full meeting of VSCG.

The management board runs finances, plans all open meetings, agrees topics to be covered and appoints a facilitator to deliver work to a budget, agreeing a day-rate for the facilitator’s services.

Facilitator or Chair

The management board appoints and manages the facilitator to pursue the work of the VSCG between meetings. The board also agrees routine hours of work and extra hours when necessary. The appointment of facilitator will be reviewed at three year intervals by both sides.

Facilitator arranges meetings, venues, chairs meetings and site visits, records actions from management meetings, reports on business to all members, produces e-newsletter at intervals, updates website and responds to consultations on behalf of Group. Each package of work will be preceded by an estimate of hours, and completion at an agreed rate.

Management Board meetings

These run the business of VSCG and plan developments e.g. publication review process, major seminar/conference, commissioning of papers for website sharing (e.g. rockfalls, cliffs and crags, surfaces etc.). The Management Board agrees topics for open meetings including arranging speakers and venues. It also brings items to open meetings or via e-consultation where it is felt a wider endorsement of work priority is required.

Open site and/or presentation meeting

VSCG aims to run at least 4 per year, rotated around membership organisations, to look at topics of concern, share good practice and report back on developments. Each meeting may include indoor and outdoor elements. All member organisations are eligible to attend all open meetings free of charge, with a maximum of two places per event. Members must book in advance to enable appropriate space, refreshments etc. to be provided. At least one meeting per two year period will include a review of work and budgets, discussion of work plan and developments and an opportunity share anything not already fitted in to other meetings.

Typical format

Day 1 – Management Board meet at 14.00, with business meeting to 17.30. Overnight stay. Other members wishing to attend Day 2 arrive, if needing overnight stay. (A group dinner will be arranged for those attending.)

Day 2 – Welcome to site or seminar 09.30. Introductory speakers, site visit, meeting back indoors to conclude business, agree further work, take questions. Buffet lunch and networking, depart 14.30.

Additional special events

Occasional open, full day seminars will include speakers from inside VSCG and outside (e.g. Professor David Ball, Cameron Adam, Principal HSE Inspector). When a fee has to be levied for such events, members will get a 25% discount on the full cost to non-member organisations.

Newsletter/e-bulletin

To be produced at intervals to suit amount of information needing to be shared. E-newsletter is only sent to members and will include new documents, court cases, announcement of programme of meetings, summary of previous open meetings for those not able to attend etc.

Download: VSCG_Members_information_December_2016.docx

You can apply online for VSCG membership.

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