Your vote matters: notice of BMC AGM 2021

Posted by Lucy Valerio on 10/03/2021
Your vote matters at the BMC AGM 2021. Photo: Shutterstock

Have your say, make your voice count and vote at the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) on Saturday 15 May. Once again, the AGM is being held as an online/virtual meeting, there will be no physical meeting place.

Notice of AGM, 15 May 2021

The BMC’s AGM will start at 9am on Saturday 15 May 2021 and last no more than three hours. It is being held entirely online for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic. It would be fantastic to see as many members as possible join us.

There will be a packed agenda including the presentation of the Annual Report, Accounts, and various presentations focused on what the BMC has achieved since the last AGM, and perhaps more importantly, what it is planning to do over the next 12 months. There will also be time for a Q&A session – your opportunity to ask questions of the President, Chair and CEO.

HOW TO: Propose resolutions at the BMC 2021 AGM

As for resolutions, there will be a number of procedural ones to vote on, such as approval of the new Independent Directors, together with some of a more constitutional nature, including a resolution to approve amendments to the articles of association. There are also a number of elections to be held, including for President.

More details of the agenda and the resolutions and elections to be voted on will be sent to all Voting Members by Thursday 29 April.

Your Vote Matters

All BMC Voting Members are both entitled and encouraged to vote.

If you are unable to attend you can still cast your vote by appointing a proxy to cast your vote, this can be a Member or a non-member, but they must be 18 or over and have an email address, and they must be able to join the AGM either electronically or by phone. If your appointed proxy does not attend the AGM, then your vote won’t be cast and won’t be counted.

As in 2020, proxy voting arrangements, and on the day voting arrangements, will be managed by an independent election services provider. We have once again chosen Civica Election Services (Civica) to undertake this role for us. Civica will contact all members to notify them of the voting arrangements by email (or letter if we do not currently hold your email address) by Thursday 29 April.

In order to do this Civica will need the most up to date contact details for all members – so if you have changed your email address since last year’s AGM, please get in touch with us by emailing office@thebmc.co.uk to tell us. This will assist us in ensuring that you are sent notice of the AGM and voting details.

GET INVOLVED: Volunteer opportunities on National Council and Board of Directors

READ MORE: Findings of the BMC Governance Working Group


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Wild Horizons is our new BMC hillwalking podcast, hosted by Niall Grimes. With a new guests each week, we discuss the honey pots and the secret spots of Britain's wild places and uplands.

 

Episode 1: Cwm Idwal - Where the Devil cooks up

The black cauldron of Cwm Idwal hangs high above the Ogwen Valley. A wild place of Snowdon lilies and, some say, steam rising from the Devil’s kitchen. At its base sits a lake where, others say, no bird dare fly over. What is this place of heavy magic? Rachael Crewesmith takes Niall Grimes on a journey to Cwm Idwal in the first episode of Wild Horizons podcast.

Episode 2: The South Downs Way - a friendly walk through time

The hundred miles of National Trail, from Winchester to Eastbourne, crosses many thousands of years of history, sometimes just a few inches below your feet. BMC hillwalking rep, Faber Scaglione, looks down, looks sideways and looks far ahead as he takes us along on some of its most special sections.

Episode 3: Helvellyn - Hail, Rain or Shine

It’s the third highest peak in the Lake District, but it has a special appeal that makes it England’s most-loved mountain. But it is a place of big weather. Every day in the winter months, the Lake District National Park sends its fell top assessment team to the summit to compile weather data to improve the safety and enjoyment of park visitors. Niall Grimes sits down with one of this team, Zac Poulton, and asks him, What’s it like today?

Episode 4: Snowdon - For the First Time

For many mountaineers and non-mountaineers alike, the lofty pyramid of Snowdon exerts a strong romantic attraction. The highest peak in Wales and England. Every year many thousands of visitors make their way to the summit. For some it could be their first 3,000 foot mountain.

Snowdonia based guide Kate Worthington gives us the benefit of her great experience and talks to host, Niall Grimes, about the many ways up the mountain, what to look out for and much more knowledge along the way. If you are thinking about a visit, this podcast is essential listening.

Episode 5: Calderdale - Moors, the past and the future

Moorland magic. Bog lover Chris Dean shares his love of the wild wide open above the Calderdale Valley. He turns his gaze upwards to the skies and down to under your feet. He looks back to prehistory and forward to our planetary future.

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