My colleague asked the questions that you suggested should be raised. The response was that my colleague should have known what principal had been offended, and moved swiftly on.
Apparently the lay member NED was particularly offensive and stated that my colleague should know and fully understand the Nolan Principles. The matter of training was raised and dismissed as the lay member felt that anyone appointed to the Board should have been aware of reputational gain.
Clearly my colleague was not intending any gain financial or otherwise, just seeking to offer additional support and free resources.
I think that the matter of the investigation finding was very quickly dismissed - except that my colleague felt that a 'public vilification' felt heavy handed, particularly when two other members were forced into resignation for business irregularities and nothing was said, other than the fact that they had resigned.
My colleague felt betrayed as the colleague who has suggested contact with the COO was chairing the meeting, and denied understanding what my colleague was offering...... Says it all really.
A very succinct email was sent last night (very reluctantly) in which my colleague stated that in light of the lack of support and attitude toward my colleague that they no longer wished to serve and CCG. A response is awaited with next steps.
I know that my colleague feels that the whole management of this case has been poor. That the investigation outcome was for additional training, and that this could have been achieved with the minimum of knowledge of other Board members. I also think that there is a feeling that the medical professionals ganged up on my colleague who is like me a nurse, and that there was another agenda at play here.
All in all I think that being bullied into resignation is the overall feeling, and they have achieved their aim.
It would be really interesting to have guidelines on what to write in the resignation letter as these matters really need to be exposed as I feel as does my colleague that this was handled insensitively from the outset, something that the internal investigation found to be the case.