Over the past few months, SSSI has been consulting with members and the wider surveying and spatial sector regarding a proposed merger with the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA).
SSSI held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) where members were given the opportunity to vote on several Resolutions to endorse the SSSI Board and Management to continue preparations for the merger.
An EGM was required as our existing Constitution lacks clauses that allow a merger of any type to take place. In addition, formal support from members is required to continue appropriate due diligence and further progress merger planning.
A summary of the three resolutions tabled include:
- Changes to the SSSI Constitution which will enable SSSI to amalgamate with another body or group, to take any gift of property and to transfer or purchase assets, property, liabilities etc if SSSI is authorised to amalgamate with another body.
- The amalgamation of the Institute with SIBA|GITA is approved in principle.
- SSSI Directors and Management can gain legal and financial advice in preparation of a potential amalgamation.
The majority of members attending the EGM voted in favour of the proposed changes to be made to the SSSI Constitution and approved SSSI Board and Management to continue discussions with SIBA|GITA for a potential merger to occur.
It is important to note, this was not a binding vote for the merger to proceed. This vote gives the SSSI Board and Executive members approval to continue planning for a possible merger with SIBA|GITA. Members will be invited to vote on the proposed merger with SIBA|GITA later in 2022.
‘We are pleased that the result of our EGM today signifies that our members are strongly supportive of the direction SSSI is heading and understand the need for a peak organisation that presents both individuals and businesses within the surveying and spatial sector,’ said Mr Paul Digney, President, SSSI
‘With so many challenges facing our sector, particularly around the need to build workforce capability and capacity, we need to work collaboratively with the whole surveying and spatial sector to champion reform and see significant change,’ said Mr Digney.
Any queries regarding the merger can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder to members, we are holding another SSSI & SIBA|GITA Merger online workshop on 16 June. Click here to register for the workshop.