6 February 2007
The Council of Management held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday 6 February 2007. Prior to the meeting itself, Council Members received a presentation from Martin Cawley, Vice Chair of the Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC) and Sharon Harvey, General Secretary of the JEC in which they explained JEC’s past achievements, current work and future plans.
During the Council meeting, Members received and discussed reports from each of Council’s committees – Corporate Governance, Education, Finance & Strategic Policy, Standing Committee and Research. Council also received and discussed reports on finance and the Association’s investments.
Time was taken to examine and discuss the cycle of Council meetings during the year to ensure Council is operating in the most effective way and a protocol was agreed for the future of the Epilepsy Action Award.
Council discussed a second draft of a policy on health and care services. After some amendment the policy was agreed and approved. Having established a new Women’s Advisory Panel in December last year, Council confirmed the ten people who will be invited to serve as Panel members. Two more people were also added to the Clinical Advisory Panel. Council decided to recommend to members at the AGM in June that Bentley Jennison be re-appointed as the Association’s auditors.
Council completed its annual review of the Association’s risk assessment. Council was also informed that Epilepsy Action has retained its Investors in People status having passed its recent assessment.
Council approved the award of Branch of the Year to the Blackburn and Hyndburn branch. Basildon & Thurrock branch was highly commended and Ashford, Newry & Banbridge and North Devon were all nominated. Council also recognised the following people as branch member of the year: - Elizabeth Ellis, Pat Bailey, Ann Cooke, Barbara Hawkins, Audrey Lines and Maud McAuley.