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BALI announces new chairman

Last week, the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) successfully staged its National Annual General Meeting (AGM) online for the first time in its 48-year history, with members agreeing to vote for all propositions.

Vice chairman, honorary treasurer and immediate past chairman. Richard Kay of Green-tech was successfully made national chairman of the association. He replaces Matt O’Conner of John O‘Conner Grounds Maintenance who was officially made immediate past chairman.

Nigel Bowcock of Acre Landscapes was made vice chairman and Richard Stone of Bawden Managed Landscapes will resume his role as honorary treasurer.

Members were invited to join some of BALI’s Landscape House team and executive board directors for a 150-minute webinar which included more than 60 minutes of presentations that followed the formal meeting.

Just under 40 members attended live on the day utilising sound technology that BALI invested in well before COVID-19 which allowed members to virtually cast their all-important votes on crucial association matters. Some members who had sent apologies were still able to vote by proxy and their votes were received before the meeting and therefore included in the total counts.

These included the adoption of the financial accounts for the year ending 31 March 2020 and the election of existing board directors who had offered to stand for re-election, including design director and sustainability director Rosemary Coldstream, governance director Paul Downer of Oak View Landscapes and commercial contracts director Stuart Simpson of Ashlea, who were all successfully re-elected.

Long-serving director Robert Field of Robert Field Landscapes, who had previously held the position of national chairman, decided to stand down from his duties on the board and did not seek re-election.

The AGM culminated with the appointment of Adrian Wickham of Oracle Solicitors who has now joined BALI’s board of directors.

Commenting on this year’s event, Wayne Grills said: “On behalf of the board of directors we are incredibly proud of the team at Landscape House for successfully hosting our first live AGM in this format. Members were impressed by the way in which the event was presented and took little time to comment on social media on how well it had gone. Although I missed the interaction with members in the room, I felt we managed to retain the essence of what an AGM is all about, giving our members a voice and a vote on their association; how it’s run, who it’s run by and what our future direction should be.

“I would also like to thank Matt for his support and guidance over the last two years and congratulate Richard and Nigel for becoming chair and vice chair respectfully. Finally, I would like to congratulate Adrian for his appointment to the board, a welcome addition of which we all approve.”

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