The 2020 ‘Armchair’ AGM

We said this year’s AGM would be a little bit different and it was! Instead of being in the same room, we were together online, to hear about BEA’s year and our aims for the future once infection rates allow us to be in-person again more often. Watch the full meeting here.

After 8 years on the Board, our Chair Stuart Quin stepped down alongside Vice-Chair Caroline Gruen. We can’t thank them enough for their work over the years. Stepping up to Chair the BEA Board, we welcome Toby Parsons and look forward to working with him.

Stuart Quin, Chairing the hybrid AGM from Bramley Lawn with attenders on zoom.

Special guests, the Lord Mayor of Leeds and BEA’s Patron Rachel Reeves MP welcomed the members, volunteers and supporters of BEA to the AGM, before official business to report back on the year just gone from a strategic, financial and operational perspective. The Lord Mayor of Leeds reminded us to stay active and stay connected and since she is such a positive person we all agreed to do exactly what she said! Rachel Reeves MP reflected that reducing social isolation – has almost never been so important – and thanked the BEA team for adapting to the pandemic to keep people together, safe and as happy as can be expected.

As is traditional at our AGM, BEA celebrates volunteers who have undertaken many years of service for local older people. Our long-service award might be a humble coffee mug, but we don’t give them out easily! BEA would like to thank the following volunteers for their many years of remarkable dedication to local older people:

Joan Lockett (26 yrs service) Jennifer Evers (26 yrs service) Joan Haigh Stanley Farrar Sally McHale

A big thank you to Fuzzy Jones, our technical trouble-shooter and problem-solver – for turning our challenging idea into a smooth-running afternoon.