10 October 2020

Thank you to all the members that voted in our elections and joined our virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 10 October 2020. We are now joined by two new Trustees and one re-elected Trustee – congratulations to all three.

AGM 2020 candidate results

Elected Trustees

  • Helen Bull
  • Cavell Burchell
  • Alan Sutherland

Unsuccessful candidates

  • Tom Bartley
  • Graham Cullen
  • John Holden
  • Lucy Herd
  • Sean Kelly
  • Neil Marshall
  • Mike Wardle

Full details of the results are here.

To watch the AGM please click here.

Questions and Answers covered at AGM are available here.

17 September 2020

Annual General Meeting (AGM) and voting information

Members* of Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) have a vote and can elect who sits on our Board of Trustees, make important decisions on how we operate and virtually access our 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)**.

On Thursday 17 September 2020, full information on how to vote online (including candidate details) will be emailed to members when voting opens. The online voting process is being run independently for us by UK-Engage. Members will be emailed from [email protected] with login details to their website so you can get voting!

Keep a lookout for your email! 

If you’re a member and haven’t received your email, contact [email protected].
For any other queries regarding voting or the Annual General Meeting, contact  [email protected]

Voting closes on Thursday 8 October 2020 at 5pm so make sure you have your say!

*excludes Lifeguard Members

**In June 2020, the RLSS UK Trustees opted to use the Government’s temporary pandemic flexible measures to permit the Society to hold the 2020 AGM on Saturday 10 October at 11am in a virtual hybrid format. This measure will reduce Coronavirus transmission by allowing virtual access for all members and observers, thereby increasing engagement with the AGM. Members of our Trustee Board will meet at Red Hill House (227 London Road, Worcester, WR5 2JG); providing the opportunity to share 2019 achievements and announce voting results.  

For 2020 members are helping choose to elect three general trustees, who will shape the future direction of RLSS UK. For this voting cycle the Board are looking for candidates to have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Involvement at trustee level with other charity sector organisations
  2. Extensive experience within IT environments
  3. Charitable fundraising, especially grants and bids
  4. Involvement within brand marketing

 In addition, members will have the opportunity to:

  • To approve the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
  • To receive and consider the Trustee Board’s Report and Accounts for the period 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.
  • To appoint RSM UK Audit LLP as the auditors for RLSS UK for 2020.
  • To authorise the Trustees to set the level of the auditor’s fees for 2020.
  • To amend the current RLSS UK Articles of Association to achieve the additional option of virtual attendance, engagement, and voting for general meetings.

Who is running for election?

Tom Bartley
Helen Bull
Cavell Burchell
Graham Cullen
John Holden
Lucy Herd
Sean Kelly
Neil Marshall
Alan Sutherland
Mike Wardle

Please note there is an opportunity to log back into the voting platform via your unique code. This is allowed, giving voters the chance to amend their decisions throughout the period of the vote. Many elections online permit this, as it reduces the opportunity for voter coercion and the selling of votes.  RLSS UK members may feel this to be extreme within our voting demographic, but it is a facility often requested by big member organisations. It also allows candidates to canvass for your vote right up to the deadline.
This functionality does not allow anyone to cast more than one vote. It just allows the final vote of each member cast to be the one that is counted. If you have gone onto the platform since this was identified to ‘see if you can vote more than once’ and just ticked anything randomly, please log back in and check your vote is as you want it to be.
The last vote a member cast before the close of voting at 5pm 8 October, will be the only vote that counts. You will not be able to change your mind after this time and date and it will be this final ballot that will be counted for the results. Please be reassured your final vote is secure, and only this will be included in this election.

Key dates for your diary

Thursday 20 August 2020
Trustee nominations open

Thursday 20 August - Thursday 3 September 2020
You can express an interest in becoming a Trustee

Thursday 17 September 2020
Voting opens

Thursday 8 October 2020
Voting closes

Saturday 10 October 2020
AGM results announced.