I work for a mental health charity. We expect the staff to be shit hot mental health practitioners. We expect our Chief Executive to be shit hot at networking and publicity and fundraising and strategic planning and all that kind of stuff. Whether she sould cut it as a mental health practitioner is neither here nor there. That's not what she's in post for.
I'd imagine the situation with Katy Spicer parallels this. I just hope she is able to continue to guide the EFDSS down the path it is already going down. I wish her best of luck in her new job.
As for those who think the social inclusion agenda somehow dilutes English folk music - get over youselves. Getting the broadest possible cross section of people involved or at least aware of traditional English music isn't exactly a criminal offence! And we don't live in some 1950's viilage green version of the UK, fer christ's sake!
Nigel (Membership No 44313A4)