Over the past decade there have been some “big” decisions/changes about Girlguiding. The branding, operating name, strapline, Promise, uniforms, new lead figures, membership options, terminology … All to some degree gave notice before happening, but none of which were arguably wholly decided by GG membership. I have seen an increase in members frustrated or disappointed at the lack of transparency on large matters. Most can be summarised within the following: Lack of consultation about “big” changes Changes may occur at short notice /before public announcement Not enough information or support given to grassroots leaders following changes or announcements Short time frames to give feedback Many surveys are not for the final decision and may have a role dependant bar. The results of the surveys are not often published or made available if requested. Task and finish groups results aren’t published or don’t have visible/notable results Selection of lead figures is not by membership An annual report on GG is not made readily available to members I’ve had more than one volunteer now say that she feels more like an “employee” than a “member” of GG. Many other charities that offer membership will have national/regional AGMs, referendums and publish summarisations/data after questionnaires. What should our membership “buy”? Just the right to volunteer for GG, or to also say how that volunteering happens? Should we be able to request and be given answers to any question regarding how GG is run/decision making? Do we actually need to have a say on every matter?