A new Group Board of 10 members will replace the existing Group and Supervisory Boards. These will operate under the chairmanship of Alec Murray, deputy chairman of Caledonia Motor Group, who was RMIF president in 1995-1997 and chairman in 2005-2006. He will work four days a month for his £36,000 annual salary on an 18-month contract.
Kevin Waterman, acting interim managing director at the RMIF, says: “The new structure has been refined to meet the needs of the organization. We can make decisions more proactively and the whole process is more streamlined.”
Matthew Carrington’s departure from the RMIF last year brought members’ concerns regarding the old Supervisory Board into the open. Many believed its structure allowed it to drive through decisions for the entire organization, including the sale of Remit.
The new Group Board will meet monthly, apart from August and December.
As part of the restructure the National Council will be renamed the Federation Council. AM understands this will serve only in an advisory role and members can use it to bring political and trade issues to the body.
Waterman says: “These changes must still be ratified through an EGM, we expect they will be approved by the council and board within the next few months.”
Meanwhile, the RMIF has terminated its membership of the European dealer trade association CECRA. Waterman says this is so the RMIF can better represent its members in Europe, which suggests the association believes CECRA was failing to adequately represent the national trade bodies.
“CECRA is still on our agenda,” says Waterman. “If we have appropriate communications with other member countries that represent our members effectively, and we get a workable solution, we may rejoin.”