The Council of Management’s meeting in February had to be cancelled due to the very heavy snow that the whole country experienced at that time. Consequently, the Council decided by postal ballot to recognise the Association’s North Devon branch as its ‘Branch of the Year’ for 2008. It also recognised the following people as ‘Branch Member of the Year’ – Andy Fincham, Michele Harper, Barbara Skivington, Steve McCarthy, Tracy Vasey, Vicky McGreevy, Ian Walker, Carl Donnolly and Fionnuala Duffy.
At its first meeting of the year held on 7 April, the most important item of Council business was the approval of the trustees’ report and annual accounts for 2008. These will now be presented to the members at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in June.
The Council considered recommendations made by the Association’s Scientific Awards Panel and made two research awards from the ‘Causes and Cures’ research funds. Firstly a PhD studentship worth £75,000 over three years was awarded to the Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication at the University of York for the project ‘Conversational analysis in epilepsy encounters: third party references and accompanying others’. Secondly, a research grant worth £42,556 was awarded to Dr Susan Duncan working at the Edinburgh Western General hospital for the project titled ‘Neuropsychological profiles of patients with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy and their siblings.’
Council also reviewed the Association’s annual risk assessment report and concluded that there are appropriate and effective systems in place to mitigate the major risks to which the charity is exposed. Ensuring the assets of the charity are properly safeguarded is an important duty of the Council.
The next meeting of the Council of Management will be on Tuesday 12 May 2009.