The beleaguered CGCU President, Tristan Sherliker, received a further blow this evening as ICU Council passed a motion of censure, brought automatically by two 'rejections' of his reports.
The motion against Sherliker, who again failed to attend the meeting, passed by 24 votes to 1, with 2 abstentions. Members of Council rejected Sherliker's report on Guilds' autumn term activities after a number of Guildsmen spoke out against it. The report was originally due at first meeting of term in January, but was postponed due to the President's ill health. The report was required to be submitted at the last meeting of Council, but the President was only able to produce a verbal report ... about the spring term.
Sherliker's report to this evening's meeting was submitted barely two hours before the meeting started, along with his apologies. The Guilds President rarely attends ICU meetings, including Council (under half the meetings), Representation and Welfare Board and Executive (only twice since October). He missed today's meeting as he was chairing the IC String Ensemble AGM in Brick Lane, which - as chair - he had arranged to clash with Council.
After assembled Guildsmen had picked his report apart, including asking the Deputy President (Finance & Services) to comment on Guilds finances, Council voted to reject the paper. The previous report had not been submitted at all, so was counted as an automatic rejection, initiating censure proceedings under the governance changes introduced last year.
Sherliker now faces his no-confidence on Wednesday with no 'get-out' clause. As seen last year with the DPGS Rahman, a no-confidence can be reduced to a censure by the committee discussing the matter - however, an officer can only be censured once, so this option will not be available for the CGCU Executive.