Trustee meeting in November

Our first board meeting after our annual general meeting and sector star awards took place on 15 November 2016 and was an opportunity to reflect on the awards and the reminder it gave us of the strength and breadth of the voluntary and community sector we work in and care for.

At our annual general meeting, three of our trustees were re-elected and we’re pleased to welcome back Ann Hickey, Arran Evans and Kate Kirkham as trustees. One new trustee was also elected, and we’re very pleased to welcome Nathan Roberts, from A Band of Brothers, to the trustee team.

The first board meeting after an annual general meeting is when we also elect trustees to the officer positions on the board. We elected Ceri Davies to act as our Chair of trustees, Arran Evans to act as Vice-chair and Cliff Robinson to act as Treasurer.


We also had a number of discussions about various areas of our work and operations.

We had a lively debate about what was important in developing partnerships with businesses. We agreed it would be important to look for mutual benefit, to discuss shared values and to be clear that their offer would benefit our members.

We reflected on the last few months of our work in Adur and Worthing and were pleased to hear about the staff team taking shape in that area and the number of successful events which have already run there. We also approved membership applications from three organisations from Adur and Worthing.

We decided which provider we would use for the pensions auto-enrolement scheme for our staff. We’re particuarly grateful to Ronald Olufunwa, who recently stood down as a trustee, for his invaluable and generous advice and support to aid our decision-making around this.

We considered a refresh of our business plan, which will be due in the spring, and did some exercises focused on strengthening our governance using the good governance code for reference.

We discussed our recent bid submission to Brighton and Hove City Council’s Third Sector Investment Programme. The outcome of our bid is expected in late December or early January. And we also discussed the current financial challenges and risks we’re facing as an organisation.

Written by Ceri Davies

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