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A Statement from The PSA

Dear all

The news agenda over the last couple of weeks has been led by the anger and revulsion felt over the death of George Floyd in the US and the ensuing discussion and protests over the ongoing issue of racism not just in America but around the world. Racism is a blight on our society and we condemn it and the inequalities it causes, and we should all be looking to ensure we don’t further it, consciously or unconsciously. We know that the events of the last fortnight have caused great hurt to many of our members and we want to acknowledge that and let them know that we stand with them. 

The Board have been discussing and reflecting on what has been said and done over the last few days and wanted to restate our commitment to ensuring the PSA is an organisation that celebrates diversity and inclusion in all its forms. We want to make sure everyone is welcome in the PSA and at PSA events, everyone is listened to (as an individual member, as well as from the stage) and that everyone is celebrated for who they are. 

Our diversity makes us stronger as an organisation and we can all learn from each other about our different life experiences – and by doing so understand the different backgrounds and life experiences present in our audiences and reflect those in our content. Many of our members talk about their lives and backgrounds from the stage whereas for others it is incidental to what they speak about and the way they run their business – but is still an important part of who they are as an individual and should be celebrated as such.

While the PSA is a diverse organisation, our membership and their voices do not – yet – represent the diversity of our society here in the UK and we have work to do to rectify that. Our Finance Director, Shaz Nawaz, has been heading a working group over the last few months, looking at all forms of diversity and inclusion within the PSA. The group is made up of representatives from a cross section of our diverse community – and those who do not identify as belonging to any of those communities but who have an interest or experience in the issues under discussion. The group are currently looking at a range of issues from our recruitment of members to the language and imagery we use and the speakers who appear on our stages and screens. 

We feel diversity is an important part of who we are an organisation. We want to assure you we will do everything we can, with your support, to ensure our organisation represents and reflects our diverse community.

The group will be making recommendations to the Board and at that point we will come back to the membership with positive and affirmative actions we can all take as individuals and as an organisation to ensure that diversity, inclusion and celebrating difference is at the heart of what we all do. 

Stay safe, stay well and if you’re struggling, please do reach out to your PSA family – we really are stronger together.


Steve Bustin, National President

Shaz Nawaz, Finance Director and Board lead on Diversity and Inclusion

On behalf of the PSA Board

Board Update

During this time the board have been meeting virtually on a weekly basis to ensure decisions could be made swiftly. I’m sure you can imagine that in the early stages when things changed so quickly it wasn’t always easy to know what to do for the best.

We decided to put the safety of our members first and stopped face to face events prior to the lockdown. This of course required some quick changes and negotiations with our many venues and some swift action by our Regional Presidents to get events on-line.

A big thank you to everyone for your understanding and help in enabling us to do this.  

Anyone who booked a face to face regional meeting which didn’t go ahead will be able to re-use that ticket at a later date. 

The board is continuing to look for ways to support our members during this time, for now, we have the following

 – On-line regional events 

– Free Coffee and Chat with the President 

– Free know your numbers webinar (more to come)

– For those struggling with membership fees we have a payment plan available.

Rebecca Jones – Chair

Board Update

The New Year brings with it some exciting changes to the PSA Board of Directors.
We’re pleased to tell you that your new chair, Rebecca Jones, has hit the ground running and got “stuck in” to PSA matters in a very short space of time.

Tim Luscombe, the outgoing chair, decided to hand-over the role from 1st January 2020 rather than April as originally planned due to his increased involvement in another project.

Tim said “It’s been my pleasure to chair the board and manage the operations team for the last three years but for me personally it is time to move on. I’ve had some significant business successes in the last quarter of 2019 that are taking more and more of my time. I know that I leave the PSA in great shape, ready to take the next steps under new leadership.”

Rebecca said “A big thank you to Tim for all his hard work as Chairman of the Board. I am looking forward to supporting the PSA team and the board in delivering value to our members and look forward to some great opportunities for the PSA and its members over the coming years.”

In addition, Chantal Cornelius and Nathan Littleton have officially joined the board as Marketing Director and Communications Director respectively. They’ve already taken the first steps in reviewing and improving our marketing and communications to grow the membership and provide even more value to you.

Board Update

Since Inspire in Oct 2019 your board of directors has met virtually on the 30th October and will meet on the 2nd of December.

In the October meeting, we focussed on Inspire and the feedback from those who attended. We’ve also surveyed those who did not attend. 

Rebecca Jones has been selected as chair to take over from Tim Luscombe in April 2020 and we are now reviewing the applicants for the marketing and membership roles.

We will be planning the boot camps/masterclasses for 2020.

We’re continuing to develop the conventions for 2020 and have started the preparation for the GSS in 2022

To request something be added to the agenda or to express an opinion on a topic up for discussion, email the Tim Luscombe, Chairman of the PSA Board: [email protected].