My version printed and circulated by dated and timed email to fellow Board Members and date and time of receipt confirmed by Chair in subsequent e-mail acknowledhement. I hold original copy on my PC
For sake of clarity although I actually edited the original report the contents was a collaboration with a fellow director. Both of us volunteered to produce this piece of work, both of us are unpaid volunteer Board Members and both of us do not have any contract of employment that states any work we produce whilst Board Members belongs to the Group.
The report version we produced took us circa 5 months of research, interviews and discussion to produce and edited view of our findings together with our original recommendations. Many of recommendations were very original ideas and in the context of the subject matter full of radical ideas.
As I said earlier the writer edited all of our findings into a 25 page document which we circulated in writing to our fellow Board members and Executive Management for their scrutiny and debate.
Without the benefit of debate the Chair decided that the recommendations and content of our now published report ( circulated and dated to fellow Board members et al) was not something which she could endorse and refused to allow the Board to even debate its contents.
A few days later the Group Manager (CEO) produced an alternative version of the report which was circulated by email (dated and timed) to the Board et al. I have copy. This alternative version as I said before contained large pieces of my/our original document plus some adaptation.
We understand that this alternative version has now been sent to a client bearing the name of the Group Manager and the client has been charged £5k for the work in the name of the Group.
We have written to the Chair and Group Manager pointing out that this alternative version has been produced using large parts of our original work which was originally declined. We have asked for assurance that this alternative version is not used particularly for commercial gain or in any other manner as it contains direct copying and adaptation of our original thinking and endeavour without our permission or acknowledgement of our authorship. .
We have had a response saying that our original report.belong to the Group??? Not according to my/our reading of our copyright rights.
My Board colleague and I have become somewhat incensed by this situation paricularly after the fact that without remuneration we spent around 5 months of our time producing a ground breaking piece of work which in its published format for Board scrutiny was not even allowed to be debated by the Chair and "tossed aside" As a consequence we both decided to step down from the Board on 1st July.
Because of the work we put into this document we wish ourselves to use our original ideas into a further study we are undertaking on a similar theme and therefore it is important to us to ensure that we own the copyright to our own original endeavour and to stop others claiming this to be their own original thought.