TonyR wrote:I am sure they are quite well advised by competent people in brand changes. What they didn't allow for is for people going trawling through trademark registrations to let the cat out the bag before the planned launch...
With 65,000+ members, it's highly likely that some of them will be working in professions that monitor trademark registrations as a matter of course in order to advise their clients and some of those are likely to mention such shocking news to fellow members and then it's only a matter of time. Maybe they didn't think this through. There seems little excuse for not starting the announcements before it hit the public register.
I can imagine it now: CTC CEO sues CTC Forum
I think you mean "Wacko - sorry, WACU CEO sues CTC Forum"
But he has worked in the charity sector for many years, ten of them heading up charities before taking over at the CTC. He is also a keen club cyclist. Not sure what else you are looking for in the head of a cycling charity unless you are hoping to turn it into a cycling business instead in which case you would need someone with business experience. But having worked in both myself, there is a big difference between running a business and running a charity.http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/ctc-announces-paul-tuohy-ceo
Also having worked in both (education charity, years ago), I'd say a charity is still a business, although very different to what most people think of as a business.
And as a stubborn co-op member lately, who kept working for at least one co-op too long after the carpet-baggers had driven the nails in, I have a deep loathing of journeying professional CEOs who seem to flit from one cause to another whenever they get a better offer, willing to do whatever is necessary to secure that better offer, whether it's restructuring, redundancies, rebranding or even selling off assets to the organisation making them that offer. Such CEOs seem to be "professional" in the bad "profess a view mainly because they're paid" sense, rather than being "amateur" in the sense of "loves what they do" which is disproportionately common in co-ops - I can think of several other co-op "lifers" including some who lost one job due to mergers or reorganisation or non-work life changes but reappeared in a very similar job at a sister organisation, almost certainly because it's what they really want to do.
Charities seem to suffer from journeying professionals much more than co-ops, probably because it's harder to marginalise members in a co-op without privatising it, which can cause all sorts of business-threatening consequences, whereas it looks quite easy to do in charities: drive existing members away (cut benefits, mess about with the democracy), push to recruit supporters/affiliates more than members, then - and CTC isn't here yet, but I've been through it elsewhere - one day just declare that all members will be converted to supporters for whatever junk reason you like, burying the route to oppose that as deeply in the fine print as the rules permit.
Is the new CEO a journeying pro? Well, his "key attraction [to his first CEOship at the National Missing Persons Helpline] was the incredible impact their services have on people's lives and the strong dedication of the staff and volunteers"
so their board of trustees was restructured and it was rebranded to "Missing People". After a few years, he seems no longer attracted by that, but he "feels passionate about" drug prevention
and "attracted new trustees to our already well established board to support us through this next stage in our growth"
. Then another few years and he moved on again because "Cycling has not just been a part of my life, it’s changed my life" and hey, it's another rebrand and board restructuring. At least the internet archive means that we can evaluate this history, I guess.
And did anyone else's heart sink when they read "keen club cyclist" and the names of a couple of BC clubs? This rebrand is being portrayed by some as an attempt to widen CTC's appeal for the good of cycling, but in my experience, some of the most vociferous opponents of what actually gets more people cycling have been "keen club cyclist"s in BC's roadie stereotype that BC just won't challenge head-on and so BC sets up ghetto groups for others.
Right, time for me to stop ranting my coffee break away and get back to work!