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The Board of Directors of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce gives formal notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.
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Held at the Holiday Inn, Taunton on Wednesday 22nd November, commencing at 19.00.
The short AGM agenda will include:
Presentation and approval of the annual accounts to 31st March 2017
An update on Chamber activity over the past 12 months
Election or re-election of Member Directors to serve up to three years.
Presentation of a new award recognising Outstanding contribution to the Somerset Business Community
A two-course hot buffet meal will be provided following the formal AGM business.
We will also be hearing from Guest Speaker Simon Barker Head of Strategy & Business Development at Leonardo Helicopters, Simon was educated at Bedford School and joined Westland Helicopters Ltd in 1981 as a business apprentice following graduation from the University of Bradford.
He has held a range of roles in the International Marketing and Corporate Planning/Strategy areas of the Company, including a secondment in the late 80's and early 90's to the MoD's Defence Export Services Organisation (now the DSO organisation within DIT).
He took up his current role in 2008, where the key focus is on developing and broadening the UK Business base to offset the decline in global defence expenditure in order to attract, retain and develop the key engineering and technical skills required to remain a major player in the world helicopter market. Since 2008, the Yeovil operation has achieved a significantly more balanced business base across three key sectors - MoD, International Military and Commercial Helicopter programmes.
Simon became a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in 2007 and served on the Board of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership for six years following its formation in 2011. He is currently a Director of WEAF and of ADS Group, the Regional and National Trade Associations representing the Aerospace and Defence Sectors. Outside of work Simon's main interests are Golf, Rugby (season ticket holder at Bath), Cycling and Gardening.
This is typically a very well attended event with over 60 attendees coming together for an evening of celebration and networking.
This event is proudly sponsored by Somerset Chamber Patrons Cornish Mutual .We'd be honoured if you could join us.
Nominations for Directors
Board members serve a three-year term and then are able to stand for re-election for a further three years.
Affiliate Directors Durgan Cooper and Kirsty Mode must stand down. Applications from affiliated Chambers in South Somerset and Mendip districts are being invited to join the Board. These positions are handled directly by the Board and the Affiliated Chambers with announcements made at the AGM.
Any member of the Somerset Chamber may seek election to the Board.
The Board is looking for nominations from representatives of member companies to serve as a Director for an initial three-year term. Should there be more nominations than spaces available, a ballot will be held of those attending members at the AGM.
In addition, the Board can co-opt two members to the Board to add specialist knowledge when needed, to cover succession planning or to bring representation from a specific expertise or geographic area. Anyone interested in finding out more about these or future opportunities should also contact the Chair.