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RichardB
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Whilst his toll raid failed, another CEO promoted
decision was successful at yesterday's BA members'
meeting: David Broad was deposed as Vice Chairman in
favour of a Prof. Burgess, the CEO's preference.

Her CV can be found here:-
http://www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-
sciences/people/People/Honorary+Staff/burgessj

This resume is notable for being:-
1. largely unintelligible: full of gobbledegook
designed to impress the gullible but full of...nothing.
2. full of the usual eco b***s**t.
3. devoid of any experience of ever having worked in a
real job.
4. devoid of any reference to a boating interest.

It depicts an entire career reliant on tax payer
funding yet showing nothing of benefit to society as a
whole. It is typical of the way society has allowed
such "work" and associated cost to the tax payer to
expand way beyond reason.

Further example of meaningless eco-techno-waffle:-
"Professor Jacquie Burgess is the Director of the
Centre for Environmental Risk (CER) at the University
of East Anglia. Jacquie has an international reputation
as a cultural geographer. Her research focuses on the
way in which culture mediates relationships between
environment and society.  In addition to her innovative
work on the use of group and deliberative processes at
the interface between citizens, science and policy, she
is also engaged in work that aims to bring about change
in environmentally significant consumption behaviours."

A self explanatory email showing Burgess's involvement
with Phil Jones of the Climategate fiasco:-
http://www.assassinationscience.com/climategate/1/FOIA/
mail/1189536059.txt

Article referring to Burgess; note
comment and links at Nov 24, 2011 at 9.27pm (BUT read
all of the comments - some reveal truly unpalatable
behaviour):-
http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2011/11/24/the-
blessed-plot.html

What is worrying for us is that this person is a
CEO shoe-in to the higher levels of the BA board in his
incessant progress towards his personal goals. She is
clearly not a friend of navigators.

David Broad was a very good VC and provided a little
balance in a massively anti navigation bias. This
change removes that vestige of balance.

Already, well respected voices are counselling caution
about this appointment and warning that navigation is
going to suffer yet again at the hands of
conservationists to whom boating and boaters are the
arch enemy.

I urge everyone to keep a close eye on how the BA deals
with navigation, National Park status and the Sandford
Principle from now on.



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A case of getting the retaliation in first?

Since the introduction of the Climate Change Act 2008, the BA has had a Climate Change Adaptation Panel, which has included consultations with the UEA. Whatever the true science is regarding climate change (and I am firmly in the 'natural cycle' camp), the Broads are very vulnerable to sea-level rises. If the understanding of the risks, and the flood defences, are inadequate, the navigation will go anyway, so perhaps there is some merit in having an 'expert' in climate change on board.

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...navigation is going to suffer yet again at the hands of conservationists to whom boating and boaters are the arch enemy."

BTW, I consider myself to be a conservationist, as well as a boater. The two hobbies are not mutually exclusive.

But if you're talking about Conservationists, that's a different matter entirely   Wink

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Packman does have a penchant for surrounding himself with academics rather than practical folk.

In practical terms this latest snub could be his undoing. I can well see this latest strategic, helpful appointment  triggering further calls for greater democracy within the Authority.

Jenny Morgan,
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Whilst I fully accept and agree that we should keep a close eye on what the BA is doing, I think it rather unfair to assess someone's abilities and efficiency on their CV and who put them into the job.
CVs are written to be attractive to the reader. If I were applying for a job in a quango, I'd certainly fill my CV with as much double speak and gobbledygook as I could.
I suggest we wait and see if this lady is up to the post before we start sniping. Hells teeth, she may be exactly who we need!

I think therefore I am.  René Descartes.
I sink therefore I was.  Maurice Mynah.

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Jul-13-2013 @ 5:55 PM                           Permalink
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So was David Broad and he hadn't got to prove himself.
Recent UEA big wigs hardly endeared themselves to the Rond Community.

Jenny Morgan,
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How easy it is to cast aspersions.

David Broad is being promoted here as just the person boaters want. But look at his c.v. on the BA web site.

Navigation Committee (Chairman) – isn’t this the committee that voted in favour of the Tourism Officer post being part-funded from the navigation income?

Financial Scrutiny and Audit Committee – isn’t this the committee that should be ensuring that BA funds are being lawfully spent?

Lead Member on specialist subject: Sustainable Tourism – wasn’t it the Tourism Officer post that caused all the recent furore?

Appointment to outside organisations: Broads Tourism – oh, no. Not again.

Now I’m not saying that any of the above means that Mr Broad is not a friend of the navigation, or that he would not act in a perfectly honourable way, with complete honesty and integrity, but it makes you think, doesn’t it?

Every BA member is bound by a code of conduct, which was amended earlier this year. While sympathies and interests will vary, that code has now been strengthened and it would be a very foolish member who allowed themselves to fall foul of its provisions. Until such time as it is evidenced otherwise, I will continue to regard BA members as persons of integrity and I think it ill-behoves forum members to impugn their characters.


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I have already expressed my reservations re the Nav Com and 'that vote' but as for the rest, ummmmmm, yes, thought provoking.

Jenny Morgan,
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bird.

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Aug-02-2013 @ 3:53 PM                           Permalink
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"Since the introduction of the Climate Change Act 2008, the BA has had a Climate Change Adaptation Panel, which has included consultations with the UEA."

Worse, the CCAP appointees include UEA's Prof. K. Turner who famously answered the question put to him by a local MP, "Do you not realise that people do not believe you are telling the truth?" with, "It depends what you mean by truth".

"...perhaps there is some merit in having an 'expert' in climate change on board."

Two problems with that intrinsically sound statement:-
1. BA will choose "experts" from the UEA school of anthropogenic global warming.
2. Prof. Burgess is NOT a climate change expert.

MM your assertion is sadly wrong; there is no need to wait - a person with good knowledge of navigation and Broads lore has been ditched ifo someone whose CV does indeed read like gobbledegook and who has never had a real job nor any interest in navigation. In fact, on rereading that resume I find it stupefying that anyone would claim that career history as a positive!

BTW, I am not a Con or con-servationist; the term fails to address my concerns for nature as do most of those involved.  

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Just started reading the notes from the last (so far as
I can see) BA CCAP meeting in Dec 12.

Astonishingly, Turner said:-

"KT felt that we had come this far and people would
think it odd if we stopped now. The climate science is
suggesting we are likely to miss the average 2degC rise
target and maybe 4degC is more likely with some major
impacts and unknowns so the pressure remains to push
mitigation and start the planning if not the
implementation for adaptation."

Not only does this statement ignore all records of
global temperature that show no increase since 1998(and
a tiny decrease since 2003) but makes a blatant lie by
suggesting 4degC - no-one, not even the Met Office &
IPCC is now suggesting that in fact they're rowing back
from 2deg.

It is extremely worrying that this foolish man is still
peddling garbage and being accorded the status of
"expert".

I shall be following this up and hope readers here do,
too.



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