30 Sep 2022
Members attending the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ (CIArb) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 29 September 2022 voted overwhelmingly in support of plans to amend its Royal Charter and Bye-Laws. The changes bring CIArb’s governance in line with best practice, help it to continue to meet and support its members’ needs and introduce a new Chartered Adjudicator designation for its most experienced adjudicator members.
Subject to approval by the Privy Council, CIArb stands to become the first and only professional body with the power to award Chartered Adjudicator (C.Adj) status.
Catherine Dixon, Director General said, “I’m delighted CIArb’s membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of proposed changes to CIArb’s Royal Charter and Bye-Laws which will ensure it operates in line with best practice whilst maintaining its heritage. These changes will enable CIArb to support all of its members, and include the ability to award Chartered Adjudicator status to CIArb’s most experienced adjudicators. We anticipate that C.Adj will command an equal level of respect and recognition internationally as our well-established C.Arb designation.”
Catherine went on to say, “We are intensely proud of the Royal Charter which underpins CIArb’s purpose as a professional body for dispute resolution. Preserving our 107 years of heritage is a priority. These changes mean CIArb can continue to be a thriving, vibrant and successful Institute, effectively serving its global membership for the next 100 years and beyond.”
The changes to CIArb’s Royal Charter and Bye-Laws will ensure CIArb keeps up to date with charity law and best practice and operates effectively and efficiently in its members’ best interests and are now subject to final approval by the Privy Council and the King.
At the AGM, members were invited to consider the Annual Accounts, the Trustees’ Annual Report and the Report of the Auditors for year ended 31 December 2021.
2021 was the first year of CIArb’s three-year strategy and, as evidenced by the Annual Report, was a transformational year.
As well as meeting its strategic objectives, CIArb took significant steps forward in delivering its commitment to putting members at the heart of everything it does.
2021 highlights include:
Catherine Dixon, Director General said, “I am immensely proud of what CIArb achieved in 2021. Despite challenging and demanding global circumstances, our organisation continued to progress, grow and thrive. My sincere thanks to all involved in making CIArb the success it is including our Board, our 42 Branches, our members, our Faculty, all our volunteers, our partners and our staff.”
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