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Liverpool Branch - All change at the 2016 AGM
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016
All Change at the Branch Annual General
The Branch Annual General Meeting was held in the Khrua Thai
Orchid Restaurant in Heswall on Wednesday 2nd December
2016 and was followed by a social evening.
During the meeting there was a change to the top two positions
on the Branch committee. Mrs Alyson Loughlin FICS was elected as
the Chair and Mrs Vikki Whitfield was elected as Vice Chair. Both
positions are for the next 2 years.
The New Branch Chair, Alyson Loughlin FICS (centre) with the
new Branch Vice Chair Vikki Whitfield MICS (left) and outgoing
Branch chair Spencer Barton-Hope FICS (right).
In his final Chairman's report to the AGM the outgoing Chairman,
Mr Spencer Barton-Hope FICS, said that at the end of his 2 years he
wanted to reflect on what has been achieved against his objectives
for the Branch.
During the last 2 years the Institute has held examination
periods in April and November each year. Over the last 2 years we
have seen 7 students complete their PQE examinations and
successfully apply for Membership of the Institute. There are a
number of other students who are part way through their qualifying
examinations. He thanked Viorel Raducanescu and David Gilmour for
their arranging of the pre-examination PREP evenings and the
invigilators for giving their time during the examinations.
With the new ICS Members we have welcomed a number of new
committee members - Keith Davies, Paula Seedhouse, John Monaghan
and Vikki Whitfield and at this AGM we have applications to join
the committee from John Williams, James Cowley and Colin
He then gave a brief overview of his attendance at the ICS
Controlling Council meetings in which, amongst other matters, saw
the approval being given to the revised route to membership. This
would lead to the withdrawal of Bye-Law 50 as well as setting new
principles of membership. He said the Branch was praised for our
regular newsletters and general performance.
He suspected that the most controversial thing during his
Chairmanship was the change to the Annual Dinner. The move to a
Thursday did not impact too much on the numbers attending. The
Hilton offers a great venue but unfortunately the venue let us down
in the quality of service. He fully supported the incoming
Chairman's decision to return to the Crowne Plaza. He believed
there is more we can do to make the dinner even better and the
fresh ideas coming from the new committee members will only help in
Spencer continued by saying that we held another successful Golf
Day at Heswall that attracted 12 teams. He congratulated MA
Logistics for winning the team trophy for the first time, Seb
Gardiner for winning the Keith Duncan Trophy and Barry Stokes for
winning the Mike Armitt Cup. The Branch also hosted a number of
other events namely: a 3 day meeting of the ICS Education and
Training Committee, Federation Council meeting and an ICS Open Day
for potential new students and an ICS information seminar for
maritime degree students at Liverpool JMU. In summary he believed
the Branch had achieved a lot in meeting the objectives that had
set when taking on the role of Chairman.
To conclude he thanked Barry Stokes, Seb Gardiner and Joanne
Jones for hosting our monthly meetings. David Gilmour for his help
with the Annual Dinner and the ICS Open Day event. Alyson Loughlin
for her support as Vice Chair and wished her good luck as the
incoming Chair. Finally he thanked Roy Cooke for keeping the
website updated, producing our Newsletter and his assistance and
support during the year.
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