Annual General Meeting

Notice of our 57th AGM

You are invited to attend Gwent Wildlife Trust’s 57th Annual General Meeting, which will be held remotely via Zoom at: 11am on Sunday, 27th September 2020.

Unprecedented times have meant that for the safety of our members, the 2020 AGM will be held remotely via Zoom teleconference. (This is in agreement with Companies House guidance and has been approved and minuted by GWT Council.) The AGM will be preceded by a short Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at which changes to the Articles of Association will be explained and proposed.

Book your (free) ticket 

To enable us to register attendees and take votes from members, please can you book a ticket via Eventbrite. We will then email you the link to join the meeting online via Zoom. 

If you are unable to attend and would like to send apologies please email these to Sue Finn at sfinn@gwentwildlife.org

Questions and comments:

The agenda and relevant documents are available below. With the aim of running an organised and timely meeting for all attendees, please can we ask you to put any questions or comments to the Chair of Council, Alison Willott by emailing awillott@gwentwildlife.org by Friday 18th September, so that she can answer you directly in advance of the AGM. You will be able to post questions and comments via the chat function during the AGM, but there will be very limited opportunity to respond to these at the time, particularly if we have a lot of questions. We will be collecting and recording everyone's questions and comments, however and you will receive a response as soon as possible afterwards.

We want to give everyone the chance to consider decisions beforehand, so please do send Alison any comments of questions in advance. We will be taking your votes on each item (as advised below) during the AGM. In the event of a tied vote, the Chair will have the deciding vote in line with our governing documents.

AGENDA

1. Chair’s Welcome

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

2. To agree the proposed changes to The Articles of Association (VOTE see Notes below)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

3. To approve the Minutes of the 2019 AGM and matters arising (VOTE See Notes below)

4. Presentation by CEO, Adam Taylor followed by VOTE to receive and approve the Annual Report of the Charity for the year ended 31st March 2020 (VOTE See Notes below)

5. Presentation by Treasurer, David Jones followed by VOTE to receive and approve the Annual Accounts of the Charity for the year ended 31st March 2020 (VOTE See Notes below)

6. To appoint Auditors of the charity to hold office until the conclusion of the next General Meeting at which the accounts are laid before the charity (VOTE)

7. To re-elect two trustees to the Gwent Wildlife Trust (VOTE See Notes below)

8. To re-elect the Officers of the Council of Trustees for 2020/2021. Chair: Alison Willott; Vice-Chair: Robert Waller; Secretary: Sue Finn; Treasurer: David Jones. (VOTE)

9. To elect the new President of GWT (VOTE See Notes below)

By order of Council July 2020, Sue Finn, Hon Secretary

NOTES: The papers linked below can also be obtained from the Gwent Wildlife Trust office on 01600 740600 or by emailing info@gwentwildlife.org:

Minutes of 56th AGM on 18th September 2019

The full Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2020

Treasurer's presentation on Finances

The Annual Report for the year ended 31st March 2020

Proposed Change to the Articles of Association

Biographies of the two trustees to be re-elected.

David Jones - Treasurer

David lives on a smallholding between Monmouth and Skenfrith overlooking the Monnow Valley. He manages a garden design and Nursery business with his wife Sarah.
Prior to his current work David spent fourteen years working in major London advertising agencies. He worked with clients as diverse as Renault, Perrier Vittel and Procter and Gamble eventually rising to Board level. He then left advertising to work for United Distillers as UK Research and Planning Manager before joining Diageo to work as Global Head of Consumer Strategy for Johnnie Walker Whisky, his best job ever!
He then left London for Wales to work as Head of Marketing and Communications for BBC Wales, the Head of International Marketing for the Welsh Development Agency and , finally, as Head of Communications of a NHS Primary Care Trust.

David Jones

David Jones - Treasurer

Sue Finn - Secretary

Sue has been interested in all aspects of the natural world since childhood. She spent her 38 year career teaching in primary, secondary, and special needs settings, developing childrens’ curiosity in their natural surroundings. This did not always go smoothly. Rescuing escaped snails from a classroom ceiling was an interesting challenge!  In 1989, Sue moved to work with the Educational Psychology Service which included running In-Service training for teachers. During the latter part of her career, she worked in nurseries and reception classes, researching the problems of poor language skills and implementing language enrichment programmes.

Since retiring, Sue has travelled around the world with husband, Roger. She remains an enthusiastic bird watcher and monitors a bird box round on the Wyeswood reserve. Sue also enjoys baking and provides cake for Trust committee meetings.

Sue Finn - Secretary

Sue Finn - Trustee

Biography of Chris Hatch - President Elect

  • Born Ebbw Vale, Gwent. Currently living north of Pontypool.
  • Degree in Zoology and Botany.
  • Chartered Scientist, Chartered Biologist, Chartered Environmentalist. Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
  • Self -employed as an Ecological Consultant and Wildlife Photographer.
  • Previously employed by Welsh Water as Conservation, Access, Recreation and Environmental Education Manager for South and West Wales.
  • Wildlife Tour Leader, having led over 30 trips to 17 different countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and America.
  • Travelled widely, photographing and watching wildlife.
  • Runs Wildlife Photography and Species Identification workshops, both independently and on behalf of GWT.
  • Former Founding Director of the Wild Media Foundation, a company producing multimedia material promoting wildlife conservation.
  • Chair: Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Local Nature Partnership.
  • Committee member of Gwent Ornithological Society and a member of the Gwent Rare Birds Panel.
  • Contributes photographs and articles on wildlife to various publications.
  • Welsh Speaking and teaches the Welsh language to adults in evening classes. Has also taught Welsh to GWT staff at the ERC in Ebbw Vale.