As we mentioned in May this year, 2016 saw the implementation of added GST, and this year we have moved from calendar year financial reporting to financial year reporting. For this reason, the Melbourne Forum is required to hold 2 AGM’s - one in May to cover the June to December 2016 period, and one in November to cover the January to June 2017 period. In 2018, we can return to reporting annually.
The 2017 AGM will take place at the beginning of our final event for 2017 – our annual Festive Event.
The Annual General Meeting of Melbourne Forum Limited will be held at 5:30pm SHARP on Monday 27th November 2017 at the Old Melbourne Gaol – 377 Russell Street Melbourne.
The business of the AGM includes:
(a) the consideration of the annual financial report and Directors’ report;
(b) the election of Directors;
On this occasion Jan West AM, Janice van Reyk, Michelle Quigley QC and Anthea Hancocks have retired from the Board. Their contribution to the Melbourne Forum has been absolutely extraordinary and we are exceptionally grateful to have their expertise over such a large growth period.
Board meetings are held every six weeks for about two hours, currently on Tuesday evenings. Directors are elected for a three-year term and a 90% attendance rate for Directors is expected. Gender diversity is one of the foundations that built the Melbourne Forum, and is one we hope to maintain at Board level. Eligibility for Board positions includes experience on a MF Committee. If you are interested, please feel free to call me to discuss your nomination.
The new Board will be appointing office bearers and the committee members for the Program, Membership, Finance and Risk and Communications committees. The Board will appoint the committee chairs (board members) and committee members at its first meeting after the AGM. Each committee has a different level of commitment; some committees meet once a month, others, every three months. An 80% attendance rate at committee level is expected. If contributing to these areas interests you, please let me know!
Attached you will find:
· Formal notice and agenda for the AGM
· A proxy form (if you are unable to attend the AGM in person and wish to assign your vote)
· A nomination form for election to the Board.
I look forward to seeing you at the combined AGM and Festive event and to your continued involvement with the Melbourne Forum.
Emeritus Prof Andrea Hull AO