Canadian researcher quits Canada-UK foundation

I honestly don't know what to make of this. This bit makes it sound pretty dramatic and - if this is supposed to be staffed by scientists and researchers - it seems like it the roles are being replaced with bureaucratic/political flunkies:

The resignations came after a letter from Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell informed the board that four new members would be appointed by the High Commission. Three of those appointees are High Commission staffers. On Friday, those appointees put forward a motion to remove Killick and passed it through their votes, says Hewitt, who did not attend the meeting.

”I could have attended the meeting, but I’ve never attended a public hanging before and I didn’t want to start.”

That said, this bit makes it sound somewhat more like kindergarten. 

We were asked by members of the Board to intervene in an ongoing divergence of views between board members and to help bring stability to the board.

Like I said, I have no idea what to make of it.