Strange happenings at LearningLight. At the AGM, a clumsy and totally illegal manoeuvre by some local unknown from the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, another Sheffield character and the CEO, Mark Pittaway, led to the mass resignation of the board.
Without any prior warning or information, they stupidly tried to illegally oust the Chair. She was not only an excellent Chair, but an experienced business woman and a real find for this half-baked organisation. As a result the entire Board, all unpaid (including myself), resigned. The Chief Executive clearly has no idea what he is doing, and had no real knowledge of the Articles of Association.
AGM null and void
Their own lawyers had to tell them that what they did was quite simply illegal, so the AGM was declared null and void, but by that time the board had had enough. There was no way they wanted anything to do with the CEO and the shambles that was left.
Waste of public money
It’s a tragic waste of public money. After spending huge sums of money on consultancy with PA internal consultancy, recruitment fees, offices and salaries it has met none of its targets and has collapsed in a heap of stinking incompetence. Jane Knight and Vaughan Waller had wisely left the organisation before any of this happened. The hapless CEO (who lives in Ipswich!) likes to swan off to the US (on the pretence that US companies are going to relocate to Sheffield), pay lots of consultants on scatty projects and have meaningless meetings in the RITZ when he’s in London! Yorkshire Forward should be pulled up by the regulatory authorities for allowing this to happen.