GWO has adopted new statutes to maintain efficient governance while we grow our global membership of wind turbine manufacturers and owners.
All members will meet twice a year in a General Assembly in March or April, and a strategy session in September/October. In these sessions, the members will formally agree on work plans for coming years and will elect Chairs of the Association and the Committees.
The new structure establishes an Executive Committee to oversee the operational aspects of the association work and to ensure coordination between the committees. TheExCo will have a chair and two vice chairs at the helm. These roles last for two years, with the vice chair terms overlapping. Chairs of the Committee will be represented in the ExCo as ordinary members.
The Training Committee will continue to drive standardization work and prepare decisions on reviews of new standards going forward.
The Audit and Compliance Committee will continue to drive improved governance and quality assurance of the training provider network, as well as performing a compliance function for the association.
Regional Committees shall be created in key markets, to promote recognition of GWO standards in these regions, and to ensure that the global standards align and can co-exist with regional and national legal requirements.
The first General Assembly will take place in Bilbao on 4th April. GWO will elect its new Executive Committee and make announcements in due course.
Old versions of GWO standards are available for three months, but our survey discovered 30% of training providers could be waiting up to 12 weeks to implement the new version.
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