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The 175th Annual General Meeting chaired by Tim Bennett was held in the Farmers Suite at The Farmers Club on Tuesday 4th July 2017. The following is a summary of the Minutes, full copies of which can be obtained by email from the Secretary
Minutes, Club Accounts and Annual Report
The Minutes of the 174th Annual General Meeting of the Club were approved and the Report and Audited Accounts of the Club for the year ended 31st December 2016 were adopted unanimously. Allan Stevenson proposed the adoption of the accounts, and Campbell Tweed seconded.
Club Chairman Tim Bennett congratulated Andrei Spence upon a very successful first year as Club Secretary/Chief Executive during which the Project CREST refurbishment had been completed to wide acclaim. He noted that the accounts showed the expenditure incurred in the first half of the year and the focus on getting the Club back up and running in the second half of the year, to increase turnover and generate a trading surplus for the year.
Election of Club Chairman and Vice-Chairman
Proposing the election of Peter Jinman as Chairman for 2018 Trustee Jimmy McLean said Peter had a long list of achievements, amongst which he was best known as a veterinary surgeon who graduated from London’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and became senior partner in a practise in Herefordshire, before becoming a consultant with a wide range of committee roles. He had been President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Veterinary Association, chairman of Defra’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee, non-executive director of Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor) and a lay member of the House of Commons Standards Committee. He is a small-holder near the Welsh border in Herefordshire, and runs a pub and restaurant with his wife Gill and younger daughter. He received an OBE in 2004.
Seconding the proposal Trustee Paul Heygate noted that the talents Peter brought to the Club were immense. From 2014 to 2016 he chaired the Club’s House Sub-Committee with great professionalism and his keen attention to detail had been vital during Project CREST refurbishments, ensuring the Club’s standards and culture were not compromised. The proposal was approved unanimously.
Replying, Peter said: “Many years ago when reading Fream’s Elements of Agriculture at University little did I think that I would be standing here today. The Club has been a fantastic place for me and I want it to be so for the next generation and the generation after that.”
Proposing the election of Nick Helme as Vice-Chairman for 2018 Vice President Barclay Forrest reckoned it had been a long time since both the Chairman and Vice-Chairman had come from the same county, but that Nick was the ultimate entrepreneur, farming 300 acres of cereals and potatoes in Herefordshire with his wife Donna, and launching the hugely successful Severn-Wye machinery ring as its founding managing director, before moving on to become an independent energy consultant working across the UK and Europe. He was a Nuffield Scholar and an accomplished Chairman of the Club’s House Committee.
Seconding the proposal, Lindsay Hargreaves said that in many ways Nick represented the 21st century farmer, putting his talents to use to develop enterprises in other sectors, but always returning to agriculture as the base. He commended his pragmatism, sense of humour and sense of fraternity. The proposal was approved unanimously.
Proposing the re-election of Richard Maunder as Honorary Treasurer for 2018, Allan Stevenson said Richard had joined the Club in 1998. After three years in accountancy in London he returned to the family’s animal feed business, Lloyd Maunder, for 25 years, becoming joint managing director, until the business was sold to Two Sisters Group, where he became Operations Director. For the past five years he has been Chief Executive/Association Secretary of Devon County Agricultural Association.
Campbell Tweed seconded the proposal, which was approved unanimously.
The Chairman and Committee recommended that haysmacintyre continue in office, which was agreed unanimously.
There being no further business the Chairman concluded the Annual General Meeting.