“Freedom of speech is unnecessary if the people to whom it is granted do not think for themselves.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Why I Am Standing For The NEC
By Katie Fanning
UKIP Manchester Membership Secretary
YI in UKIP Chair North West
Having been a supporter of UKIP for several years I became a member in 2014 following our success in the Euro elections. I took an active role immediately, within weeks of joining I collaborated with three other members from Trafford Branch to found and establish the UKIP Manchester branch. Upon forming the committee, the role of branch Membership Secretary was taken by myself.
In addition to being the UKIP Manchester Membership Secretary, I was the campaign manager for Manchester Central in GE15, Vote Leave Greater Manchester Voluntary Coordinator throughout the referendum, stood as a Local election candidate 2016 in Gorton North Ward coming second. Following these roles, I was then elected as the Young
Independence North West Regional Chairman and subsequently elected as Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, alongside these positions I maintain an active role grass roots campaigning across the country. During this time I have become increasingly concerned with our party’s decision making, internal functions and capabilities particularly our NEC which in its current form is not fit for purpose.
Due to these concerns, I have decided to stand for the National Executive Committee. I believe that my skill set, derived from my time in Business Analytics, which includes professional operating model design and Lean Six Sigma optimisation, organisation design and related skills/capability development, change management and performance management of businesses and their teams would be a major asset to party organisational structure, recruitment and fund raising.
Our future success as a party will depend on organisational and operational reform, optimisation of our internal management processes with a focus on expanding our internal capabilities. As with many non-profits we appear to be fiscally solvent but we are held back from expanding because we barely make ends meet each year and post referendum this situation has only worsened. This is why it is a matter of urgency that our issues with recruitment, fundraising and professionalising our internal processes are dealt with promptly along with mitigating the potential risk of corruption within our internal process systems by decreasing dependency on major donors and limiting the power of any individual member.
As a party of principles, I think it is important to not to fall into the trap of dependence on a small handful of donors as this could put our entire party’s political integrity at risk when their donations come with stipulations that can manipulate our internal democratic processes. Broadening our fundraising base can reduce this dependency on these major single donors making us self-sufficient within a few years and ensuring that the will of our grassroots membership is upheld.
Under my operating model proposal influence will be spread out equally and regionally with the proposal to establish a “National Board” made up of 12 regionally elected NEC positions and an “Executive Board” made up of essential operational positions, these seats would be elected but within a selection process for candidacy based on skill, qualification or ability to fulfil the function that is critical to the role.
It is also of utmost importance that consistent and regular organisational wide communication, consultation and reporting should be conducted on a routine basis and that the wider membership and organisation should be kept informed, consulted and engaged in regards to the motions and activities of our NEC. To assist in this a Grassroots Officer(GO) should be elected to the “Executive Board”, they would act as a voice for branches, regional organisers or chairmen; the GO would be the go to person, they can engage in open and objective communication to effectively share information, bring up proposals, objections, grievances, have direct influence and power on core party policy and internal decision making processes. The GO would give feedback on how well the party policies and procedures are working directly to the top of the chain along with their NEC regional representative creating a linear/ horizontal communication model in regards to grassroots communication. My full operating model will be available on my website by mid-November.
If elected to the NEC I shall
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