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 – full details will be announced soon.
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 [https://www.gaj.org.uk/management-council] 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.
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.
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.
7. Questions / Any other Business