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A Jolly Good Fellow?

This made me smile!  Today I received an invitation from a (very large) professional body of which I am a Member (the capital 'M' matters in this context) to apply for transfer to the class of Fellow.  Needless to say I won't be applying - I don't qualify, and probably, if I told them, they'd take away the letters I do have but still charge me the same fee to receive their magazine.

In a mischievous moment, I ran down the list of requirements to see which I do have, albeit not in an appropriate employment.  I've missed out or altered a few words, and end up with something we could almost use in churches....

Essential characteristics are:

  • hold a position of senior responsibility and/or significant autonomy
  • promotion of the profession to young practitioners and potential practitioners
  • leadership qualities
  • involvement in policy and strategy making decisions (technical and/or business)
  • structured approach to CPD (evidence of presentations, published papers etc,)


  • highly specialist knowledge in a specific area
  • strong evidence of resource management and/or personnel management and development
  • applies a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques across a wide and often unpredictable range of contexts


  • active development and application of new technologies at a senior level
  • budgetary and financial control

what d'you think?!

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