We were delighted to welcome so many members to this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) on 26th May, and talk about last year’s work, share plans for the rest of this year, and answer members’ questions.

New Trustees

After the usual housekeeping announcements from Chief Executive, Rachel Power, Chair, Lucy Watson, introduced the business section of the meeting with an overview of the Board of Trustees’ activities during 2021. She thanked two Trustees whose term of service has finished – Caroline Hewitt and Daniel Hopkins – and welcomed our four new Trustees Meryl Davies, Bhavna Joshi, Rowan Hillson and Wiqas Valji. She also informed the AGM that Julie Thallon is now the Vice Chair, and this is part of succession planning, as Lucy will conclude her time as a trustee at the end of the year.

Last year’s activities

Rachel and Head of Patient Partnership, Sarah Tilsed, then shared the review of 2021’s activities. This included our major shared decision making report and the subsequent online event, the creation of our lived experience advisory panel, and following through on all the requests raised in the 2021 membership survey.             

Finances and voting

Honorary Treasurer, Isaac Egberedu, ran through last year’s finances and Rachel announced the results of membership voting on the resolutions.  The resolutions were:

  • To receive the report and accounts for 2021
  • To approve the election of the Honorary Treasurer (Isaac Egberedu)
  • To approve the appointment of MHS Macintyre Hudson as auditors and to authorise the directors to fix their remuneration
  • To approve the election of Meryl Davies
  • To approve the election of Bhavna Joshi
  • To approve the election of Rowan Hillson
  • To approve the election of Wiqas Valji.

All resolutions were carried by large majorities.

Plans for 2022

Rachel talked through plans for the rest of the year including pulling together a group of stakeholders to help us develop what best practice in patient partnership looks like, begin working with the new Integrated Care Systems in England, and evaluate the lived experience advisory group, Patient Voices Matter. Head of Programmes, Shivani Shah, joined them to talk about three projects: one in Nottinghamshire looking at tools for shared decision making; improving referrals from GPs to secondary care; and understanding the impact of poor communication with the NHS on people with complex health conditions

If you missed the AGM, you can watch the video online and the slides presented are available too.


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