Just to respond to Andrew and Tom D's points (and I largely agree with Tom
- Greyham's experience includes working with a number of volunteer-driven
organisations, including the Association of Church Treasurers, which a
pretty much entirely volunteer organisation. When I was discussing the idea
of co-option with him we spoke about our volunteer culture at some length.
I am sure other trustees did the same. I think it's fair to say the Board
wouldn't co-opt anyone who they thought would be a poor fit with our values
as an organisation. I am not sure if he's subscribed to this list - I will
- Tom - the Articles give the Board discretion about who to co-opt in the
event of a casual vacancy, so long as the Board is unanimous. I think that,
particularly given the circumstances, we did the right thing to use that
discretion. As you indicate in your post, it would have been possible for
us to create another process to go through, but I don't think that would
have been helpful.