Examination of Witness (Questions 540-547)|
THURSDAY 25 APRIL 2002
540. I was just reflecting on more information
being given. You have tried hard at doing this but it is the matching
question as well, is it not? You do not know what you might want
to do or what they might want you to do, and there must be a better
way, particularly using the internet, to have this list of bodies.
If they are in receipt of £24 billion they ought to have
a website. There ought to be a way of requiring them to say what
it is they expect of people who are appointed in a voluntary capacity.
This is the sort of thing which the web does so easily and so
well. I would have thought that was something we could suggest.
(Ms Glover) Yes.
541. One thing which cannot happen when you
fill in these forms, apart from writing down, "I am this
person, I am white, I have children, I have done nothing in my
life", they have no idea who you are. Ideally, it would be
better if you were interviewed, would it not? If you have a few
minutes with someone, you would know at once whether this person
was any good and you could distinguish one of your e-mail correspondents
from the other one. Do you not feel, having applied for this,
if you could be interviewed for a few minutes by somebody, they
would see immediately they could put you on a specific council
(Ms Glover) Yes. When I was filling in the form I
thought (a) I look extraordinarily dull on paper and (b) I am
just a name with a list of qualifications and jobs after it and
no more than that. Yes, I ticked the boxes saying sport and leisure
were of interest to me but I thought, "That is not personal
at all" and I have not really had an opportunity to tell
anybody what I would really like to do.
542. The problem is you do not know what you
want to do.
(Ms Glover) No, but I had no opportunity to enthuse
about anything on that form.
543. If there were a National Cricket Council
and you thought, "That's for me" and you read up about
it and thought, "I could do this", you could have written
in saying, "I am particularly interested in the National
Cricket Council. I have a lot to give in the nets" or something
(Ms Glover) If you log on and you reply in that way,
you are absolutely right, you should be able immediately to get
on to lots of different websites, so you can surf around and see
what some of these bodies do. If they then have a section where
you can send them more information about yourself, it seems to
be a perfect way of going a bit deeper; more joined-up.
544. That is the word. The big question is,
did you write "Fi" on your form?
(Ms Glover) Yes, I did.
545. Ah, you may wait five years then.
(Ms Glover) I may be in the dustbin of shortened names.
546. Will you tell us what happens?
(Ms Glover) Of course I will. Do listen to the programme.
Chairman: This is the offer. We, in turn, will
phone your programme up and boost your figures.
Mr Liddell-Grainger: "Tony from Westminster"!
Kevin Brennan: Which one!
547. It has been really useful.
(Ms Glover) Thank you very much for your time.
Chairman: We have enjoyed it. It has been very
profitable. Thank you very much indeed and do let us know what