I feel it’s gone too far for changing one single thing to fix things. It might time to, paraphrasing Edwyn Collins, “rip it up and start again”.
Failing going ‘purple’, for me get rid of Regions as they are an administrative anachronism in the electronic age.
I would have North and South areas with the “commander” having sourcing additional funding, resources and activities high in their JD.
Employ people at HQAC to look after specific areas, who have a proven track record in that area, as opposed to the current set up where we seem to have people come in and have important areas as a secondary remit.
These people need not come from a military background as I feel this is too institutionalised and leads to an inward looking, blinkered and cosseted mind set.
I would keep the notion of regions for competitions only
Employ more people at Wing including one, as suggested, to work evenings. Contracted from 1600 to 2200 5 days a week means they are entitled to tax/benefit claims, denied many part time workers, which would increase its appeal and starting at 1600, there can be a handover of things going on that day. I believe that the MO in LASER is because they couldn’t employ and or retain WHQ people so the new RC came up with the idea, which IMO loses that “personal” touch for want of a phrase, that you get from having your own Wing HQ staff.
I agree with the idea of losing the risk averse attitude, however this plague has been with us since the mid-90s spreading like a choking algal bloom. We saw it with our kids at school where activities and trips faded away as they suddenly became too dangerous/risky. Ironically we did many of these things as a family and for birthday treats. During this time it leached into the ATC.
I think we should be resigned to and accept that reducing the admin burden for volunteers won’t happen, as we are in an organisation where far too many people are employed in admin roles, so we are stuck with it. Without the admin we are compelled to do, what would those in the various HQs do? It seems many have been hoodwinked by the idea of automatic VA payments, but I get a sense that admin is like Hydra, lose one thing and two more appear.