AGM Proxy Voting Form 2019
Use this form to vote on the resolutions proposed for the 13th AGM of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, to be held on Saturday 19 October 2019 at Lancashire Cricket Club Old Trafford.
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Resolution 1: Approval of the minutes of 12th Annual General Meeting held on 20th October 2018. You can view the minutes from the Meeting here: ( *
Resolution 2: Approval of Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s 12th Trustees Annual Report and Accounts for year ended 31 March 2019. You can view the Annual Report and Accounts here: ( *
Resolution 3: The Board proposes that Johnston Carmichael LLP of Suite A3, Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling, FK9 4RN is appointed Auditor to the Board for 2018-19. *
Resolution 4: The Board proposes that Les Moore be re-appointed to the Board for an additional 3 years. *
I joined the Board in 2013, bringing specialist finance experience onto the Board as the Trust grew in size from being a small to becoming a medium-sized charity. I have served on the Finance Committee since 2013 and was honoured to be elected Deputy Chair of the Trust in 2017. I was delighted when colleagues on the Board invited me to stand for a third term. Having been part of the exciting growth of the Trust in the past six years, it would be a privilege to serve for a further three years. I trust that my wide experience of working within the charitable sector and, in particular, my knowledge of the governance and finance of charities will continue to be of benefit.
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Resolution 5: The Board proposes that Natasha de Vere be appointed to the Board. *
I am the Head of Science at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and a Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University, and have been responsible for the science programme at the Botanic Garden for the last eleven years. My research group is using DNA approaches to understand foraging preferences of both wild pollinators and honeybees, developing conservation solutions to address pollinator declines. I am passionate about public engagement with science and I lead the Botanic Garden’s ‘Growing the Future’ project.
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Resolution 6: The Board proposes that Beth O Sullivan be appointed to the Board. *
I am a communication, marketing and fundraising professional with extensive experience in both agency and in-house strategic communications management and implementation. I have been working for a highly reputable Devon-based charity for the past two years, where I played a pivotal role in the growth of the organisation, as well as developing and implementing comprehensive communications and marketing and fundraising strategies. My skills cover media relations, social and digital media marketing, fundraising, reputation and stakeholder management and copy-writing for various platforms. Having worked with businesses, charities and the public sector on wide ranging campaigns and initiatives I bring a wealth of experience to the Trust. I am passionate about the countryside, wildlife and conservation and is keen to make a positive difference to the world in any small way I can.
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Resolution 7: The Board proposes that Zuleika Brett be appointed to the Board. *
I have enjoyed working in the charity sector for over 19 years, and specialise in fundraising to help enable charities to achieve their missions. My experience has been with a variety of organisations including Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, and V&A Dundee. I currently work for the National Trust for Scotland; being a conservation charity this brings further relevance and knowledge that I hope to bring to the British Bumblebee Conservation Trust. My work has included raising funds through corporate sponsorship, Trusts, and individual giving. Presently I head up the philanthropic major gifts and Patron programmes for the National Trust for Scotland as their Major Gifts Manager. Being a fundraiser has its challenges, therefore tenacity and enthusiasm for the cause, alongside core skills and knowledge of fundraising trends is key. My enthusiasm for bumblebees is something I would relish bringing to the Trust, and I would greatly enjoy being able to apply my fundraising skills in support of their conservation. In joining the Board. I would seek to apply my skills on a strategic level, to support the core fundraising team at the Bumblebee Conservation trust.
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Resolution 8: The Board proposes that Rob Alexander be appointed to the Board. *
I am the UK Chief Financial Officer for one of the “Magic Circle” law firms based in London. As a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) and having qualified as an accountant in 2002 I can bring experience from many years working in accountancy. One key aspect of my role is to engage both finance professionals and non-finance professionals in making complex financial decisions for the firm. Originally from Hampshire, I return regularly to the Southampton area although now living in London with my cocker spaniels. I enjoy gardening and spending time in the countryside, hence my interest in making a practical contribution to a charity which is focused on bumblebee conservation. I am also a trustee of Dancers’ Career Development, a UK registered charity which supports professional dancers in transition to other careers.
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