There are currently four vacancies on the Council of Management. Eleven of the remaining twelve members met for a Council meeting at the charity’s head office on 15 July.
In a very full and busy agenda, the Council made the following decisions and instigated the following actions.
Mike Harnor was re-elected as Chair of Council to serve for a third year. Richard Chapman was newly elected as Vice-Chair of Council and June Massey was re-elected to serve a second year as Honorary Treasurer of the Association.
The 2008 revenue budget and operational business plan were both reviewed and, based on the charity’s performance during the first six months of the year, no changes were proposed.
Council agreed to appoint Baroness Ford of Cunninghame as the Association’s new President. The Baroness will serve until the date of the next AGM in June 2009.
Plans were discussed and actions agreed to better promote the Council within the charity. This includes establishing Council mentors – existing Council members who will make themselves available to advise and guide anyone who has an interest in serving on Council.
Council adopted a long term financial plan which aims to increase the charity’s income by 27 percent over the next five years. The spending priority over the same period will focus on sustaining existing services (as long as these remain justified) before developing new services.
A new Scientific Awards Panel was established to help the Association review and decide on applications for research funding. It is expected that a Chair and members of the Panel will be identified and appointed by the end of October and the Panel will be active by the end of the year.
Council considered and agreed an action plan to follow up on the outcomes of its 2008 performance appraisal. As a result a policy will be drafted to cover the receipt of gifts and hospitality by Council members and Council will look at how the Association’s many and varied stakeholder groups are involved with the charity
Membership of Council committees was decided for the next 12 months and the dates for Council meetings in 2009 were approved. The date of the next Annual General Meeting of the Association was set for Saturday 13 June 2009. After the success of the 2008 national conference held in London, Council decided to repeat the event again in 2009, this time at a venue in the north east of England.
A new award called the Accredited Volunteer of the Year award was approved and established. This will be introduced in 2008/09 and reflects the value and importance of the contribution made by accredited volunteers generally to the work of the Association.
The next meeting of the Council of Management will be on Tuesday 7 October 2008.