The Council of Management met on 17 July for its fourth meeting of the year. Jayne Burton was warmly welcomed as a newly elected member following the annual general meeting in June.
The Council has the power to appoint up to two people as Council members. This is rarely used but Council decided it was important to have a neurologist on the governing body of the charity. It was decided to co-opt Dr Peter Clough as a member of Council for the next 12 months.
This is the time of year when Council elects the officers of the Association. June Massey was elected as Chair of Council for the third time. Beryl Sharlot was elected as the new vice-Chair of Council and Ian Walker was elected for the first time as the Honorary Treasurer. Council also elected members for each of its five Committees to serve for the next 12 months.
Council members frequently reflect on best practice in the governance of the charity and they have a corporate governance committee to help them to do this. At its July meeting, the Council approved a new trustees’ code of conduct; approved an updated policy on conflicts of interest and reviewed a report on Council’s annual appraisal.
Research into epilepsy is an important part of the work of Epilepsy Action. To make sure that our research is meaningful, the Council decided, resources permitting, to underwrite spending on research projects and awards up to a maximum amount of £100,000 a year starting in 2013. Council also appointed Dr Catrin Tudur Smith as a new member of the charity’s Scientific Awards Panel.
Members spent some time reviewing the financial progress and performance of the charity so far this year. In conclusion, members were pleased to note that, despite the difficult economic conditions; the charity was meeting or exceeding its financial objectives.
The next meeting of the Council is scheduled to take place on 9 October 2012.