The Council of Management met on 9 July.
Richard Chapman was elected as Chair of Council for the next 12 months. Jane Riley was elected as vice-Chair of Council and June Massey was elected as Honorary Treasurer. Council expressed its thanks to the outgoing Chair, Ian Walker, for his commitment and hard work on behalf of Council over the past three years.
The following people were elected to the Staff Appeals Panel: Gavin Barlow, Jayne Burton, Richard Chapman and Sarah Lawson. Jane Riley is the ex-officio Chair of the Panel as the vice Chair of Council.
The following people were elected to the Corporate Governance Committee: Jayne Burton, June Massey, Jane Riley and Ian Walker. Richard Chapman is an ex-officio member of the Committee as Chair of Council.
The following people were elected to the Finance and Strategic Policy Committee: Gavin Barlow, Mike Harnor, Sarah Lawson, Stephen Timewell and Ian Walker. June Massey, Richard Chapman and Jane Riley are all ex-officio members of the Committee as Officers of Council.
Annual reports were received from Council’s diversity champion, Ellie Wilmshurst, and its champion for research, Jim Morrow. Both Ellie and Jim were confirmed in their respective posts for another year.
Dr John Craig had his term of office renewed for a further five years as a member of Epilepsy Action’s National Advisory Council for Northern Ireland.
In other business, the Council approved the idea of establishing a new category of membership of the charity especially for nurses. It completed its quarterly review of the top ten risks the charity is exposed to and it discussed the future of the charity’s personal accident insurance scheme for members.
Council approved the dates for its meetings in 2020 and discussed the outcomes of the Annual General Meeting. Every three years the Council undertakes an in depth examination of its governance. As a result of the latest appraisal it has commissioned reports into the charity’s complaints handling procedures and the ways in which it listens and responds to supporters, funders and service users.
Finally, members considered the financial performance of the charity in the first six months of 2019. They were pleased to note that this was within tolerance levels and that no adjustments were required to plans for the remainder of the year.