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Minutes of the 49th Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Ridings Branch of the Institute of Credit Management held at 18:00 Tuesday 28 January at Trafalgar House 29 Park Place, Leeds, LS1 2SP.
Were received from Jacqui Ross-Gibson, Jane Abrahams, Clare Fitzpatrick, Frank Andrews, Gillian Brennan
2) Minutes of the 2013 branch meetings and AGM
Where distributed, reviewed and approved.
3) Chairman’s Report
Branch chairman, Alan Smith, provided a verbal summing up of the branches activity over the last 12 months. This included another very successful regional conference hosted at the offices of DWF at Bridgewater place in October as part of our ongoing commitment to provide free education to our members in line with the institutes’ status a charitable education body. Alan confirmed that a similar event would be planned for 2014 and the need for this to be closely diarised alongside other events being offered in the local area via the central ICM from The Watermill.
A further successful event was held in association with Deloitte Touch and Hayes recruitment looking at current Insolvency Legislature which proved to be a resounding success. This is the first event held in association with ICM Recruitment Partners, Hayes Recruitment in the Yorkshire and Humberside branch district with further events planned for the future.
4) Treasurers Report
Branch Treasurer, Gerrard Barron presented the annual accounts of the branches bank accounts and confirmed as follows:
Balance Jan 2013 following draw down of 1st Half Year Grant from The Watermill £1633.75
Expenditures (1 meeting expense at Marriot hotel) £-347.50
Balance carried forward from CAF Account £4120.00
Total balance as at Jan 2014 before grant draw down £5753.76
Gerrard confirmed there had been no need for a draw-down of the 2nd Half Year Grant from The Watermill given the branches low expenditure. This is noted as a result of the kind donations of hospitality from DWF for branch meetings and speakers at our annual conference donating their time to us for free and refusing our offer of expenses cover.
Gerrard further confirmed that future expenses expected to the branch included the deposit and booking cost of the annual Spring Ball, for which reason he will draw down the 1st Half Year Grant from The Watermill, but shall then be recouped from ticket sales thereafter. It is not foreseen that a second half year drawdown will likely be necessary.
The annual treasurers’ report was signed off by branch chairman Alan Smith and branch secretary Julie-Anne Gage.
5) Elections to branch committee and confirmations of this year’s officers.
All officers have been returned for the year 2015. Exact size and further individual responsibilities with regards any vacant or newly created roles to be discussed at next branch meeting.
Election of Officers – Elected from amongst those appointed to serve on the Branch Committee:
(a) the Chairman of the Branch – Alan Smith
(b) the Vice Chairman of the Branch – David Scottow
(c) the Secretary of the Branch – Julie-Anne Gage
(d) the Treasurer of the Branch – Gerard Barron
Further elections have been received and seconded for the election of Catherine Hill, Phillip Holborough and Serena Geers onto the branch committee. The branch welcomes our new members on board and looks forward to working with them in the future.
6) Branches future objectives in 2014
In 2014 the branch intends reintroduce the ICM Yorkshire and Humberside Branch Spring Ball. This event will be held on Friday May 16th at Leeds City Hilton, with a capacity of 250 people, including a 4 course sit down dinner, casino, live music and dance. The event is being run as a charitable event with all profits being donated to the branches nominated charity. A further donation of 10% of all bar-takings profits has been agreed by the venue, Leeds City Hilton. Alan confirmed that initial pre-sale table reservations are going well and the event is expected to be well attended.
The branch will also continue its association with Hayes Recruitment to offer their events to our members, with a second event being held 26 February at the offices of Deloitte Touch. Catherine Hill will continue to advise us and promote any future events.
7) Any other business.
A question was raised and discussed regarding the requirements for higher level membership of the ICM which was responded to by Glen Bullivant.
David Scottow, was congratulated on his nomination for ICM Credit Professional of the Year, in recognition of all his hard work for the ICM at both Branch and National level and we wish him every success in the finals.
The branch wishes to again thank DWF for providing the venue and hospitality for the branch AGM.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 19:30.