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British Guild of Agricultural Journalists AGM

Published on 25th March 2021

Annual General Meeting

The 78th Annual General Meeting of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists will be held on the evening of Thursday, March 25 as part of an online networking and social event for all members. See details below the agenda.

The brief formalities of the annual meeting are an important part of the Guild’s democratic principles, providing opportunities for the elected directors to update members on the financial position of the Guild and initiatives to maintain membership value.

Important dates Members wishing to put a motion to the meeting (for a rule change, for example) must submit the motion to Guild secretary Nikki Robertson on or before Thursday, March 4. Members wishing to stand for election as a director must notify the secretary in writing with the names of two Members of the Guild who support the nomination by Monday, March 15. See more about the role of directors here [] or speak to any of the current directors.

Please note: Only full Members of the Guild may propose, second or vote on any matters put to the meeting. Under Guild rules, associate members (Friends, Student Friends, Retired Members and Honorary Members) do not have a vote but may participate in the meeting.

Any Member unable to attend can nominate a Proxy, whose name must be notified to the secretary at least 48 hours before the meeting, to vote on their behalf.


1. Welcome

2. Apologies for absence and approval of AGM minutes 2020

3. Review of the work of the previous year – BGAJ Chairman, Olivia Cooper

4. Audited accounts and election of auditor – BGAJ Treasurer, Clive Rainbird.

5. Elections  

President – Baroness Boycott (for a third year) nominated by the directors.

Directors – maximum of 11 to serve on the management Council.  Current directors: Olivia Cooper (chairman), Jane Craigie, Hannah Crawford, Paul Lay, Catherine Linch, Olivia Midgley, Gaina Morgan, Ben Pike, Clive Rainbird (treasurer), Liz Snaith, Johann Tasker (deputy chairman).

As Paul Lay and Catherine Linch are stepping down, two director vacancies will be available to fill – see note above regarding the nomination deadline.

Chaplain – Geoff Dodgson, nominated by the directors.

6. Motion

7. Questions / Any other Business


The Guild of Agricultural Journalists is inviting members and non-members alike to a special evening of gin tasting and socialising on Thursday 25 March at 5.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now, with attendees receiving a bespoke gin experience pack from the Warner’s distillery to enjoy while listening to the brand’s founder – Tom Warner - give his personal tasting notes via Zoom.

The gin tasting is sandwiched between a very short AGM and quick-fire presentations on the opportunities and experiences which come with Guild membership. Breakout rooms will then open for further socialising and networking.

The event has been designed for all to enjoy, but the Guild is especially keen to appeal to members who have recently joined, or who have never experienced one of its events before. If members know of anyone who would benefit from the chance to learn more about the Guild, please encourage them to buy a ticket.

Global crop protection and seed brand, Corteva Agriscience, has pledged its generous support to the event, allowing members to attend for the subsidised price of £25, while non-members can buy a ticket for £45.

Ticket holders will receive three hand-picked gins from the Warner’s product range plus premium mixers, a glass and a bar blade.

A non-alcoholic alternative is also available, and those wishing to attend the event without the gin tasting experience can do so for free, but must also register for a ticket.


Peter Hill

07739 287268


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