Record turnout for AGM
Shared Interest would like to thank its members and staff for a
The AGM was held at the BMA House in London on March 14. With
over 200 members attending this was the biggest AGM to date.
Managing Director, Patricia Alexander said: "It was the largest
in our history so far and I have heard many positive comments about
the day, so well done to everyone."
Voting for Director and Council elections was completed in
advance of the event by postal ballot, but a contested election for
members of Council took place on the day.
Paul Chandler was co-opted onto the Board in December 2013, but
we were delighted to welcome him officially following member votes
in support of his appointment. Ashley Wyatt will represent members
on the Shared Interest Council, having received the most member
votes on the day.
We would also like to thank members for their involvement in a
selection of workshops, from which we gathered vital feedback and
input on important issues. Groups considered topics including fair
trade and our vision, mission and values.
Patricia said: "It is important to us to hear directly from
members so that your concerns are reflected in our operations".
One of the highlights of the AGM was a presentation from
representatives from Namayiana, a women's handcraft producer group
based in the Ngong area of Kenya. Following a film about the group
and its members, the Chair and Project Manager spoke about the
history and goals of Namayiana, and the impact of Shared Interest
This was followed by a second film which provided an update on
the work of Andean Naturals.
You can view both the films here.