We recommenced our regular meetings with our AGM last week which was very well attended (minutes to follow and short write up here). Having remained at a steady membership for many years, as part of the AGM business we had some changes to the board.
Most of you will remember that last year our fantastic treasurer Fiona Cross had to step down due to her move of role to Director of Community Services at Age Scotland. She has been missed by many.
Earlier this year, we we thrilled and saddened in equal measure to learn that Iain Stewart, our longstanding Chairperson had decided to move onto new challenges with Ash Scotland. He will bring a huge wealth of experience to their work into inequalities and will be sorely missed by us all as a great sounding board and supporter.
We are therefore delighted to announce that Cat Findlay (Health All Round) is a safe pair of hands in stepping into the Chairpersons role. Her vast experience in community development is sure to stand us in good stead for the coming years. Thank you Cat and we look forward to you chairing our upcoming meetings which restart in October.
Lastly, you may remember that we updated the constitution last year as part of our GDPR and governance work. At that point we made an amendment to be able to have up to 8 trustees on the board. Most of you are familiar with the work of Volunteer Edinburgh and in exciting news, Marion Findlay has joined the board. With her in depth knowledge of the network and in particular her work with volunteering, adult protection, employability and work and health, her guidance and views will be a great asset to us. Thank you Marion; we are delighted to have you on board.
At this moment, we are still recruiting a treasurer (which is not an onerous role) and can also have up to another three trustees; so if you are interested in being involved in the direction of the Forum, please get in touch.