PIAA and Action Group reaching resolution

A meeting held yesterday between the PIAA Board and Member Action Group, in a bid to settle their differences, has been described as ‘ending in agreement’ in a statement made by interim president Kieran May.

The emergency meet took place in lieu of the highly disputed SGM, which was deferred for a period of two weeks by May in his first act after Ross Black’s sudden departure.

Action Group members, including spokesperson Tom Eckersley, met with the Board in a closed meeting in Sydney yesterday at Sydney Graphic Arts Club and, according to PIAA, the talks addressed ‘a number of concerns.’

“The meeting ended with agreement on the direction the Association needs to take. There are of course some key areas of concern where differences have not been resolved,” the statement reads.

It is not known if the SGM will deal with member issues outside of the official agenda, including the MAG’s demands to thoroughly vet any future Board members and the CEO.

“It was also of interest that a number of member concerns were also concerns of the Board,” the PIAA says.

Acting president May says, “The Board will meet next week to make good on its commitment to quickly address the issues that led us to the low point of recent weeks. Communication and leadership style featured strongly in the discussion.”

“I cannot guarantee the Board will make decisions which meet everyone’s expectations on every occasion. As acting President of the Association, I have committed to conduct a review in a number of key areas.”

“I will make myself available to meet with as many other members in the short term to canvass their views and to provide some context to decisions.”

May also asked those considering shifting away from the peak industry body’s support to allow the Board to atone for past oversights.

“I ask those who are considering their future as a member, to pause to let the Board make the changes they need to again be satisfied with the service and value they want from the PIAA,” he says.

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