The first ever video-conference AGM was attended by a record number of members on Sunday 29 November. A new Committee was elected and an updated Breed Standard was adopted; further details and a link to the minutes of the meetings are below.
Chair Antonia Clements welcomed members to the online meeting, and said that it had been ‘quite a year’ inside and outside of the Society. She said that the committee was determined to put recent issues behind us and had set up the elections to a larger and more representative commitee in order to overcome divisions and to decide the future direction of the Society. She was equally determined to improve both the governance and atmosphere of social media, which had been at the root of so many of the issues.
The results of the Society’s first-ever online election for committee membership were announced. Following a challenge by a member, the AGM was grateful for the learned and independent advice of member Joe Morrow QC, that not only was the election constitutional but that it was entirely consistent with the objectives of the Society. The AGM accepted this advice by an overwhelming majority.
The future direction of the Society must include consideration of registration with the Charity Commission as our size and turnover now requires this. The AGM confirmed that it was happy for the new committee to investigate the options open and present firm proposals, which may include a new constitution and a board of trustees, to an Extraordinary General Meeting in 2021. The AGM also agreed that the Society’s future priorities should be centred on the breed improvement initiatives which were planned for 2020 and which had it had not been possible to implement. The AGM approved the commitee’s proposal of an updated Breed Standard based – as always – on the French standard
Full details of the new committee may be found here
Details of the new Breed Standard are here
And the minutes of the AGM are here