ASC Annual General Meeting 2019

Minutes of the ASC Annual General Meeting 2019
Thursday 14th November 2019, 12.50, Ort House, 126 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NE

1   Apologies for Absence

Raz Khan, John McConnell, AJ Johnson.

2   Minutes of last Annual General Meeting

The minutes of the last meeting were accepted. Proposed by Bev Rowe and seconded by Mike Trotman.

3   Matters Arising

There were no matters arising.

4   Report from the Chairman of the Executive Committee – Peter Wills

The Chairman welcomed attendees to the conference, the latest in the ASC’s series of one-day conferences at Ort House, which seems to be a popular location based on the usual good turnout. In the past, the ASC has also run two-day conferences, which have typically worked well at universities such as Bristol, Warwick, Edinburgh and Winchester. A two-day conference is being considered for 2021, though using universities has become increasingly difficult due to the heavy bookings they have for students.

The ASC has continued with the policy of seeking commercial sponsorship for events and this has been coordinated by Rebecca Cole. There are 6 sponsors for 2019, all of whom have a regular presence on the ASC website and via the marketing at all ASC conferences. Current sponsors are Askia, Data Expert, Gide, Merlinco, SmartVision and Snap Surveys. The Chairman thanked them for their continued support and mentioned that sponsorship opportunities for 2020 are available.

In the last 12 months there has been one new committee member – Bethan Blakely, who is chairing the conference today.

The Chairman thanked all the members of the committee, all of whom have very busy lives but still give their time freely to help with the running of the ASC. Behind the scenes, Christine Jenkins works tirelessly as the ASC administrator and ensures the very smooth operation of the committee.

5   Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of the Annual Accounts – Peter Wills (for Raz Khan)

The Chairman reported that the organisation is in good shape financially, with the sponsorship income providing a good balanced income for the year. There has been some additional spending on the new website this year.

6   Election to the Executive Committee – Mike Trotman

The current executive committee consists of the following (with the year of their last election)

Elected Members Last Elected
Peter Wills, Snap Surveys (Chair) 2017
Mike Trotman 2017
Rebecca Cole, Cobalt Sky 2017
Alex Reppel, Royal Holloway University of London 2017
Jerome Sopocko, Askia 2017
Clare Warren 2017
Raz Khan, Cobalt Sky (Treasurer) 2018
Tim Macer, Meaning Ltd 2018
A.J Johnson, Kynetec 2018
Nikki Leftly, Critical Mix 2018
Matt Gibbs, Bayes Price 2018
John McConnell, Analytical People 2018

The following members of the executive were required to seek re-election under paragraph 7.1 of the constitution:

Elected Members Last Elected
Peter Wills, Snap Surveys (Chair) 2017
Mike Trotman 2017
Rebecca Cole, Cobalt Sky 2017
Alex Reppel, Royal Holloway University of London 2017
Jerome Sopocko, Askia 2017
Clare Warren 2017

No other nominations were received and the above members were declared duly elected. Proposed by Bev Rowe and seconded by Nikki Leftly.

The following member was co-opted on to the committee in 2019.

Members Co-opted
Bethan Blakely, Honeycomb Analytics 2019

She was formally accepted onto the committee. Proposed by Matt Gibbs and seconded by Alex Reppel.

7   Any Other Business

There was no other business.