UK: The 2007 AGM of the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA), held at London's Hurlingham Club recently, saw an "overwhelming" proportion of members voting for a major restructure to simplify membership options and increase the choice to members of which PLASA services they wish to use, reports David Davies.
Intended to "provide a framework that better reflects the industry", the changes will see a reduction in the previous nine membership categories to just four: Business, Education, Individual and Affiliate.
The new scheme will be officially launched at PLASA07, to be held at Earls Court between September 9th and 12th.
"Our aim is to ensure we have a membership structure that is effective and best serves the needs of all our members," Ruth Rossington, PLASA's executive director, tells PSN-e. "We have tried hard to ensure that the emphasis for the future is on raising standards and making membership of PLASA meaningful. We want to ensure that clients and specifiers really trust the PLASA name and understand the professionalism and integrity of PLASA members."
The AGM also incorporated updates on various association initiatives and efforts by new PLASA chairman Robert Lingfield, treasurer David Hopkins and ceo Matthew Griffiths. The guest speaker was former Labour minister and lifelong political maverick Tony Benn.
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