Definition of the word ‘meeting’.

Waiting for an internal review by Inspiration Trust of their handling of this request.

Dear Inspiration Trust,
I am in receipt of ‘HSE Outcome; CAT-0057857’.
Before I follow up a request placed upon me by the Executive, I would seek clarity.
In the Inspiration Trust’s Whistleblowing Policy it states that after receiving a
telephone Whistleblowing alert, “The Company Secretary should
respond immediately by arranging to meet with the employee, alongside a Trust HR Advisor to discuss the concern(s) as soon as possible. At the initial MEETING the Company Secretary should establish that:…” (My capitals for emphasis).
On the basis of separate communications with myself from the Trust’s Company Secretary and Director of Human Resources respectively, I am unable to reconcile their seemingly different accounts of an episode. I believe there is inconsistency between their interpretation/usage of the word “meeting”.
I adhere to the definition presented in the online ‘Cambridge Dictionary +Plus’, which states:
‘meeting: a planned occasion when people come together, either in person or online
(= using the internet), to discuss something.’

My FOI: Does the Inspiration Trust also adhere to this definition?
And if it does not, could I please be notified of the definition of the word ‘meeting’
to which the Trust authoritatively adheres.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Dr Tony Edgar

Executive Assistant, Inspiration Trust

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Dear Dr Edgar
Please see attached our formal acknowledgement of your recent Freedom of
Information request.
Kind regards
Fiona Hamilton

Executive Assistant to the CEO 

P  [1]01603 280923

E  ea[2]@inspirationtrust.org 

 28 Bethel Street
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Executive Assistant, Inspiration Trust

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Dear Dr Edgar
I write further to our recent communication and attach herewith our formal
response.
Kind regards
Fiona Hamilton

Executive Assistant to the CEO 

P  [1]01603 280923

E  ea[2]@inspirationtrust.org 

 28 Bethel Street
 Norwich NR2 1NR 
 [3]inspirationtrust.org

[4]Inspiration Trust

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Dear Inspiration Trust
Thank you for the further response to my request which I received today, April 6th, 2023.
Thank you also for confirming that the information I request is not held on your paper or electronic records.
And I appreciate your comments relating to the statutory obligations under which a public body may be obliged, or not, to adopt a definition of a word. Your explanation in this regard has really helped me to clarify my thinking.
I now understand that I am entitled to request an internal review. Accordingly, I will write to the address you have provided.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

Dr Tony Edgar