Date and time: 7pm, Monday 25 March 2019
Venue: The Castle Farringdon, 34-35 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DB
CH gave an overview of the last year and a brief summary of her time as Chair. She reported a substantial increase in members – from 274 (paid-up) to 500 from Feb 2018 to Feb 2019 – including a big spike of 80 new members around the time of northern the Edinburgh event in May 2018s.
Sciences, and the University of Edinburgh for providing free venue space. 6 newsletters have been issued, with an above industry average open- and click-rate, and a 30% increase in members wanting to receive it.
been something the committee is keen to do and continue.
Finally, there is international interest in the work of
TR reported an income of £11,700, of which a high percentage (45%) was derived from the BEIS funding while the rest came from membership subscriptions.
Overall, Stempra made a small profit, but this was largely based on coming under budget for events, thanks to the generosity of organisations such as the SMC and AMS in providing free event space, and increased income from the substantial increase in membership.
TR highlighted that this is the last year of the BEIS funding, and the new funding has only been secured for an additional 1 year, so the certainty of this funding source in the future is unclear.
Auditors Kerry Noble and Simon Levey reported no issues with the accounts.
Accounts approved by general aye.
Simon Levey and Kerry Noble agreed to remain as auditors for 2019/20. Both were approved by general aye.
CH had put forward a motion to increase the membership fee from £15 to £17. The justification was that the fee has remained at £15 since the creation of
much-needed improvements to the website. This fee increase could yield an extra £1,000 a year for these purposes. There was some discussion with the auditors and members, including a suggestion to allow one-off donations on the Stempra website.
CH put forward a last-minute motion that all 5 non-portfolio applicants be appointed to the committee, despite their only being 4 vacant positions. The success of Stempra depends on the efforts and engagement of the committee, and several people have had to step down for various reasons over the years, reducing committee capacity. Have an extra non-portfolio
committee member would maintain that capacity. AK explained that, while irregular, this wouldn’t violate the Constitution.
Appointment of all 5 non-portfolio members was approved by general aye.
CH concluded by thanking the committee for their hard work.
The meeting voted on the following positions and the following were nominated and approved with a general aye.
Treasurer: Daisy Barton
Secretary: Fiona Dennehy
Membership coordinator: Chris Melvin
Website editor: Jonathan Cooke
Non-portfolio committee members: Robin Bisson, Tom Bragg, Jo Kelly, Simon Moore, Ed Pinches
The position of Chair, which was the only position contested, was voted on via an online form for members who couldn’t make the AGM, and on a paper form at the meeting. The vote count was verified by the auditors and the following was approved for the position:
Chair: Rob Dawson
Thanks were given to the committee members standing down, in particular to CH for her work as Chair over the last two years. Small gifts were presented to departing committee members.
Angharad Kolator Baldwin
Chris Melvin, Janet Morgan, Bex Walton, Barbara Davies, Claire Bithell