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Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be held on 14 October 2021 at 6.30pm.

This year's AGM will be held at the Eaton Suite of the Dunston Hall Hotel, Ipswich Road, Norwich, NR14 8PQ.

Please check our website for any changes to coronavirus restrictions and social distancing guidelines. We are hoping to live stream the full AGM event for those who are unable, or would prefer not, to attend in person.

In line with NWT's current constitution, votes on the resolutions must either be by show of hands of those attending the meeting in person or submitted beforehand using the proxy or postal forms. If you choose not to attend in person, please ensure to use the form to make sure your vote is counted.

Please also do raise any questions via the form or online in advance so we will be able to answer these on the day or respond to you directly.

 

FORMAL BUSINESS

  1. To confirm the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 19 November 2020 - Resolution 1
  2. To receive the Report of Council and approve the Report and audited Financial Statements for the year ending 31 March 2021 – Resolution 2
  3. To re-appoint Larking Gowen LLP as the Trust's auditors and authorise Council to determine their remuneration – Resolution 3
  4. Bill Jordan has been President since 2011 and steps down this year. To elect Patrick Barkham as President - Resolution 4
  5. To approve nomination of Jon Humphreys as Vice-President - Resolution 5
  6. To re-elect / elect members of Council (see below for candidate profiles)
  • Sue Roe – Resolution 6
  • Sam Collin – Resolution 7
  • Jennie ffrench-Constant – Resolution 8
  • Chris Garnett - Resolution 9
  • Glenn Houchell - Resolution 10
  • Rob Lucking - Resolution 11
   7. To adopt a revised version of the Articles of Association - Special Resolution

By order of Council
Kevin Hart and Nik Khandpur
Joint Interim CEOs

At the conclusion of item 7, the formal business of the AGM will be brought to a close. Informal items will follow. Under company law items dealt with informally cannot result in binding decisions.

 

INFORMAL BUSINESS

Address by NWT Chair, Alice Liddle

Discussion of any matters raised by NWT members. Items which members wish to raise under informal business do not require advance notice, but it would be helpful for those charged with answering complex questions if they were given the opportunity to prepare a full answer.

Tea and coffee
 

Guest speaker: Patrick Barkham, Wilding Cities and their Citizens

After the break, stay and enjoy a talk by Patrick Barkham.

Estimated finish time: 9pm

Election of Council members

There are five vacancies on Council this year. Six candidates have been nominated. Voting for the candidates proposed for election or re-election will be on a show of hands in the meeting and by way of the returned proxy forms or postal vote.

Standing for re-election is Sue Roe. Standing for election are Sam Collin, Jennifer ffrench-Constant, Chris Garnett, Glenn Houchell and Rob Lucking.

Sue Roe OBE

Sue has had a long career in conservation, starting with setting up and delivering community environmental projects including establishing new woodland and other green spaces for biodiversity. At the Woodland Trust she lead a £20m community woodland project and delivered it to budget and on time. She was awarded an OBE for this. Sue also helped develop the Major Donor Fundraising function, achieving significant financial support for conservation work. She was also Chairman of the Tree Council for 9 years. Sue's interest in retirement continues to be conservation.

Chris Garnett

Chris has spent his career as a corporate lawyer at leading commercial law firms, Eversheds and Shoosmiths, typically advising company boards on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. At Shoosmiths he spent six years as head of its Corporate Division and sat on the board responsible for the firm's management and strategy. Chris has had an avid interest in natural history for most of his life. As a regular visitor to Norfolk for the last 30 years, he is passionate about protecting the wild spaces within the county and its wildlife. He and his wife have been members of NWT since 1998.

Sam Collin

Throughout Sam's studies of ecology, nature conservation has been at the heart of his concern. The perspective he hopes to bring to the Council is that of a university student in the field of conservation at the start of his career, where he wishes to become a practising ecologist. Since March 2019, Sam has been an observing trustee of NWT and a volunteer, involved with practical habitat management, species and habitat monitoring. He has developed a great appreciation for the work of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. He hopes to further his contribution and have a positive contribution to nature conservation within Norfolk.

Glenn Houchell

It was while studying environmental change and sustainability with the Open University that Glenn fully appreciated the complexities of the issues in protecting the natural world. He joined NWT several years prior to moving to Norfolk in retirement. Glenn spent 35 years working in the investment management industry, specialising in corporate governance and risk management. He also served nine years as an independent director of a social housing provider, where he chaired the finance and audit committee. He hopes to apply his knowledge and experience to help NWT navigate the challenges we face in protecting wildlife habitats.

Jennifer ffrench-Constant

Jennie is a retired doctor who trained in Oxford, London and Boston before becoming a Consultant Haematologist at the NNUH Hospital (1994-2016). Here she was responsible for many new innovations including bone marrow transplants and walk-in thrombosis clinics. She is married to Charles, pro Vice-Chancellor for Medicine and Health Sciences at UEA, with two adult children. She is a lifelong wildlife enthusiast having been brought up on a small holding in the Cotswolds. She loves the Norfolk life, being an enthusiastic birder and walker, and a long term member of NWT, Hawk and Owl Trust and RSPB.

Rob Lucking

Rob has worked in nature conservation for more than 25 years, initially for BirdLife International and RSPB, and later to pursue a freelance career in ecology and horticulture. His conservation interests are in land management and species recovery but he also has expertise in project management and commercial development. Rob lives with his family near Fakenham and is a keen birder and general natural historian. He can often be found on one of NWT's many fantastic reserves. He is the chairman of the Island Conservation Society (UK), owners of Aride Island, a globally important seabird island in the Seychelles.

Download the 2021 AGM documents

   AGM-2021-Form Download   
   Annual-Report-2021 Download   
   AGM-Minutes-19-11-20 Download   
   NWT-Accounts-to-31-March-2021 Download   
   CURRENT-approved-Memorandum-and-Articles-of-Association-18-10-19 Download   
   Proposed-updated-Memorandum-and-Articles-of-Association-website-version Download   
   Explanatory-note-on-proposed-changes-to-the-Memorandum-and-Articles-of-Association-website-version Download   
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Annual Report 2020-21 Accessible Formats

Please find below copies of the Annual Report 2020-21 in accessible formats.
   Annual Report 2021-21 white version Download   
   Annual Report 2021-21 colour version Download