NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY AND BUSINESS TRUST, ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 2009 @ 6.15pm, LONG GALLERY, PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Present: See attached list
In Attendance:Ms. Sheila. McClelland, Assembly Secretariat, Mr Ivor Gibson, Assembly Secretariat, Mrs. Judith. Murdoch, Assembly Secretariat, Mrs Laura St John, Assembly Secretariat, Miss Pamela Carson, Assembly Secretariat, Miss Elizabeth Connolly, Assembly Secretariat, Mrs Jennifer Pleavin, Assembly Secretariat.
Apologies: Ivan McCabrey,Mivan, Richard Hogg, Limavady Gear, Lord Rana, Andras House, Robin Newton MLA, Declan O’Loan MLA.
1. NIABT Accounts 2008/2009
A copy of the Trustee’s Report and accounts balance sheet for 2008-2009 was made available to each member for scrutiny. The Chairman, Sean Neeson, invited David Gray from FGS McClure Watters to present the detail of the Accounts. The Chair noted that the Board approved the content on the Accounts at a Board meeting on 5 October 2009.
It was proposed that FGS McClure Watters be retained as Auditor / Accountant. This motion was proposed by Dawn Purvis MLA and seconded by Lord Ballyedmond.
2. Adopt Minutes 2008
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting for 2008 were agreed by the members as a true record of the meeting. This motion was proposed by John Rooney and seconded by Alec McRitchie.
3. Election of Board of Trustees
Under the NIABT Articles of Association there is a requirement to annually rotate the Trustees to the Board of Trustees. 3 non parliamentarian nominees are to be elected to the Board this year. Lord Ballyedmond from Norbrook Laboratories and Katherine McDonald from Stratagem have both retired and been renominated by their companies. James Devlin from BT and John O’Farrell from ICTU have been co-opted to the Board this year but their co-opted status ends at this AGM. However, both have been nominated for election to the Board. Election papers were issued to business members last month and as a result James Devlin from BT, Lord Ballyedmond from Norbrook Laboratories and Katherine McDonald from Stratagem were elected to the Board of Trustees. The Chair also proposed to co-opt John O’Farrell to represent ICTU on the Board. This was unanimously agreed by the Board of Trustees for 2008-2009 (agreed by a show of hands). In addition, there are 3 Parliamentarian Members to be elected to the Board of Trustees. Robin Newton MLA and Declan O’Loan MLAhave been retired and renominated by their respective parties. Sinn Fein has replaced Jennifer McCann with Paul Butler as their representative. This was unanimously agreed by the Board of Trustees for 2009-2010 (agreed by a show of hands)
The Chair confirmed the new Board of Trustees as follows:
Mr. Sean Neeson MLA Alliance Party
Mr. Leslie Cree MLA UUP
Ms. Dawn Purvis MLA PUP
Mr Paul Butler MLA Sinn Fein
Mr Robin Newton MLA DUP
Mr Declan O’Loan MLA SDLP
Dr Gareth McGrath Director of Outreach
Lord Ballyedmond Norbrook Laboratories
Ms Katherine McDonald Stratagem
Mr William Wright Wrightbus
Mr James Devlin BT NI
Mr. Alec McRitchie Bombardier Aerospace
Mr. John Rooney Rooney Fish
Mr. Glyn Roberts NI Independent Retail Trade Association
Mr John O’Farrell NI-ICTU
The Chair informed those present at the AGM that there would be a short recess which would be followed by a panel debate in the Long Gallery.