3 December 2013
The Council of Management met on 3 December for its last meeting of the year.
Council reviewed and approved the charity’s business plan for 2014. This plan identifies the work priorities for the next 12 months and outlines the main activities that will take place.
Nominations were considered and approved for the 2013 Volunteer awards including the branch of the year award. Members were struck by the remarkable commitment shown by so many people and their fantastic achievements supporting the charity.
Council discussed the value and importance of the charity’s various patrons and how their support might best be used. This matter was referred to Council’s Finance & Strategic Policy Committee for it to bring forward recommendations.
The constitution of the charity requires that one third of Council members who have been longest in office must retire every year. This makes sure that there is an opportunity for other people to be elected to the Council. It was confirmed that
Beryl Sharlot, Gavin Barlow, Mike Harnor, John Bostock and Keith Skivington would be the five Council members who would retire at the AGM in 2014. All five are eligible to be nominated to stand for re-election.
Council completed the evaluation and review of each of its advisory panels and decided to renew each one for a further 12 months. Council also reviewed the National Advisory Councils for Wales and Northern Ireland and renewed their terms of reference for a further 12 months. It also decided to consult with both bodies to find ways for them to develop in the future.
Three Council members were selected to participate in a pilot project to test the use of an electronic notepad in future Council meetings.
The next meeting of the Council is scheduled to take place on 4 February 2014.