7 December 2004
The Council of Management met on 7 December 2004 and discussed and agreed the following items:
The 2005 Revenue Budget was considered and approved. Both income and expenditure for 2005 is forecast to exceed £3 million.
The Association’s Investment Policy was amended with a new protocol to govern the buying and selling of investments. Council will further review the Policy during 2005, including consideration of the Association’s policy on the level of financial reserves it should maintain.
Postgraduate research bursaries of £3,000 each were approved for Dr Ajay Thapar (Gaining new insights into the quality of life of people with epilepsy); Ms Janine Winterbottom (Women with epilepsy preparing for pregnancy: a qualitative analysis of risk communication and perception) and Mrs Mel Goodwin (Doctor versus epilepsy specialist nurse opinion at first seizure presentation: does a specialist nurse bring different qualities to the interview).
Council heard that its Corporate Governance Committee had held its first meeting and had initiated a review of the Association’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. This will be ongoing during 2005.
Mrs Figg, Mr Harnor, Mrs Sharlot, Dr Wright and Ms Harper were all identified as being the longest serving Council Members in office since their last election or re-election and therefore liable to step down at the next Association AGM in June 2005. All five, being eligible, may stand for re-election.