An update from the AGM 28 January 2019.

The Trust’s AGM was held on 28 January 2019 and we thank everyone who took the time to attend or note your apologies.  The Chair’s report can be read in full here and the accounts can be viewed here.    If you have not yet renewed your membership please do so here.

The new Board recently elected David Cockerton as Chair, Eric Bateman as Vice-Chair, Claire Goodwin as Secretary and Ewan Ogilvie as Treasurer. The other Board members are Frances Wright and  Nico De Freitas. The Board has also received an application from an existing Member to join the Board which is being considered in line with our normal practice. 

The Directors nominated from the 4 community groups noted in the articles are Karen Stevenson (HADAS), Adam Fairgrieve (Knox), Calum Learmonth (HCC) and Stacey McWaters (HDBA).  Each will be co-opted onto the Board following their attendance at Board Meetings.
 As reported at the AGM the Trust will continue to work primarily on implementing the Vision for Haddington 2012 report by Heggie and Wright.  
 
We will continue our role on the Steering Group of the Haddington Town Centre Design project, and keep the membership updated with progress.

However, whilst the Town Centre Design Project continues to progress through various design phases, our focus for the coming year will be on the delivery of Key Action 5 from the Vision Report – Telling the World: marketing Haddington town centre and, in particular, continuing to lead on the Marketing & Communications Strategy.  As part of this, we will continue to promote the town through the Haddington Town website and develop a “Virtual Tour” app.

The Future Direction of the Trust

The AGM gave the Board an opportunity to highlight to the membership the difficulties they can face due to the current structure of the Trust. After a short discussion, it was agreed by the members present that the new Board should continue to work on a proposal regarding conversion to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and present a proposal to the membership at an EGM.  

The three aspects the Board will consider before making a recommendation to the membership are:

a)    The aims and objectives of the Trust

b)    The benefits of becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)

c)    Who should be the individuals or organisations that comprise the Board and any other governance bodies of the CDT.  The Board noted the desire from the membership that the 4 community groups currently represented on the Board of Directors should continue to be represented in the future.

If you did not manage along to the AGM but would like to discuss anything you can email us at HaddingtonCDT @gmail.com
 Thank you again for your continued support of the Haddington Community Development Trust.

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