The new Council of Management met on 12 July and welcomed its newly elected members Steve Timewell and James Sheward.
Council elected Ian Walker as its new Chair. This was in succession to Beryl Sharlot whose three year term of office came to an end. Members thanked Beryl for her dedication, enthusiasm and tremendous hard work during her time as Chair. June Massey was elected as Council’s new vice Chair and Jane Riley was elected as the Association’s new Honorary Treasurer.
Council also confirmed the membership of the following Committees:
Finance and Strategic Policy Committee – Beryl Sharlot, Ian Walker, June Massey, Jayne Burton, Richard Chapman, Mike Harnor, Jane Riley and Gavin Barlow.
Research Committee – Jon Barnes, Peter Clough, Mike Harnor, Jim Morrow, Jan Follett, and Ian Walker.
Corporate Governance Committee - Beryl Sharlot, Ian Walker, June Massey, Richard Chapman and Jane Riley.
Members considered the financial performance of the charity in the first six months of 2016. They were pleased to note that this was well within tolerance levels and that no adjustments were required to plans for the remainder of the year.
Professor Phil Smith was appointed as the new Chair of Epilepsy Action’s National Advisory Council in Wales (NAC Wales) in succession to Professor Mike Kerr. Mr Michael Dix-Williams was appointed as a new member of the NAC Wales.
Council reviewed the outcomes of its performance self-appraisal and confirmed new objectives for itself for the next 12 months. These include looking to enhance the diversity of Council membership and ensuring Council members are aware of and understand the changing regulatory framework for charities.
Further progress was made in reviewing the Association’s long term strategic plan. The outcomes of the recent stakeholder survey were considered and a draft of a new strategy will be considered by Council at its next meeting on 4 October 2016.