East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust

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By ellct, Apr 26 2017 10:26AM

Approaching 130 from Laggan to Kinlochleven to Inveraray attended our Extraordinary General Meeting on 25th April in Fort William which allowed the formality of appointing the directors nominated by the membership. The meeting also heard a report from the board on activities over the past year. A full AGM will be held around October.


Following the EGM we were privileged to hear from Faye MacLeod on “Why Community Ownership?”


Faye is a partner with Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co in Portree and Benbecula, who carried out the Financial Analysis on the Rio Tinto Aluminium Estates for the Trust last year. She has much experience of working with community landowners in the Islands and is highly regarded across the sector.


Part of Faye's talk included the recently-launched video from Stòras Uibhist, celebrating their achievements over the first 10 years of their ownership.


All inspirational and a pleasant evening of fellowship!



By ellct, Apr 12 2017 11:04AM

The EGM on 25th April will be followed by a Gathering when Faye MacLeod will speak on “Why Community Ownership?”


Faye is a partner with Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co in Portree and Benbecula, who carried out the Financial Analysis on the Rio Tinto Aluminium Estates for the Trust last year. She has much experience of working with community landowners in the North and West and is highly regarded across the sector.


All are welcome and there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.



By ellct, Apr 12 2017 10:58AM

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Trust will be held in the Duncansburgh Macintosh Church Hall, Fort William at 7pm on Tuesday 25th April 2017. This will be followed by a Members’ Gathering with a keynote speaker and opportunity for discussion.


Please note that while Ordinary members are entitled to attend and vote (or appoint a proxy), Associate and Junior members are not able to vote but are very welcome to attend the EGM.


John C Hutchison

Secretary


AGENDA


1. Welcome


2. Apologies


3. Appointment of Directors nominated by Members


Following a call for directors with a deadline on 27th March, the following have been proposed and, there being seven vacancies, are nominated for appointment:


• Andrew Baxter, Kinlochleven


• Alex Farquhar, Fort William


• John Hutchison, Badabrie


• Patricia Jordan, Fort William


• Flora McKee, Inverlochy


• Campbell Slimon, Laggan


• Ben Thompson, Erracht


4. Board Report


5. Financial Report


6. Any Other Business competent to the EGM


A quorum of 10% of the membership, namely 101 is needed. If an Ordinary Member is unable to attend in person they may nominate a proxy to attend and vote in their stead. The proxy need not be a member of the company. The nominated proxy may also be the Chair of the meeting who will act on your behalf. A form by which you can nominate your proxy is available in the downloads section of the website, to the right hand side of this page.


Members Gathering


The EGM will be followed by a Gathering when Faye MacLeod will speak on “Why Community Ownership?”


Faye is a partner with Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co in Portree and Benbecula, who carried out the Financial Analysis on the Rio Tinto Aluminium Estates for the Trust last year. She has much experience of working with community landowners in the North and West and is highly regarded across the sector.


There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.



By ellct, Apr 2 2017 04:21PM

Following a call for directors with deadline on 27th March, the following have been proposed and, there being seven vacancies, will be nominated for appointment at an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 25th April in Fort William :


• Andrew Baxter, Kinlochleven


• Alex Farquhar, Fort William


• John Hutchison, Badabrie


• Patricia Jordan, Fort William


• Flora McKee, Inverlochy


• Campbell Slimon, Laggan


• Ben Thompson, Erracht



By ellct, Mar 11 2017 10:35AM

As noted in our post on 6th March we are now seeking nominations for directors.


In accordance with the Articles of Association, at the first General Meeting all directors are obliged to stand down and so there will be seven vacancies arising on the board. Ordinary Members of the Trust are therefore invited to be nominated as directors on the board. At the second and each subsequent AGM, one-third of the elected Directors (or the nearest number upwards) shall retire from office.


Those Ordinary Members being nominated must be proposed and seconded by other Ordinary Members. Nominations for directors should be sent to Claire Harper at Voluntary Action Lochaber, An Drochaid, Claggan Road, Fort William, PH33 6PH by midnight on Monday 27 March. Nominations must be signed by all parties and can be sent by post but may also be scanned and submitted by email to office@valochaber.org If more than seven candidates are nominated, then an election will take place.


Nominations shall include a statement of up to 150 words outlining the candidate’s experience and skills they could bring to the board. Nomination forms can be found in the Downloads section of the website which is at the bottom right hand side of this News page.


If a potential candidate is unaware of the identity of parties who may propose or second then they should contact the Chair on the number below or inspect the list of members at the registered office. (For data protection reasons, the Trust is not permitted to publish the names of members.)


The term of office is set by the requirement for one third of the directors to stand down at each AGM and so will be in the order of two to four years. A director cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.


The role of a director involves attending regular board meetings throughout the year and a representational role at meetings with partners, stakeholders and other parties. Directors are responsible for the statutory requirements of the company. The role is unremunerated but travel to external meetings and subsistence costs will be met.


If you would like to discuss the role of a board member in greater detail, please contact the current Chair, John Hutchison on 07768 537698.



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