Record turnout for AGM

Shared Interest would like to thank its members and staff for a successful AGM.

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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 finance.

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This was followed by a second film which provided an update on the work of Andean Naturals.

You can view both the films here.