Annual General Meeting

A family in a tea-room

We’re gearing up for our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre on Saturday 30 October 2021. Please do join us on the day.

The deadline for online or postal votes has now closed. However, you can still vote on the resolutions at the AGM itself, but not for the Council elections.

Why does voting matter in particular this year? The National Trust has been through a period like no other in our 126-year history. Strong views have emerged on a host of topics, from volunteers and curators to trail hunting and overcrowding. Members are our lifeblood and help us set the right agenda in all that we do.

The votes cast will help us make the best possible decisions in the months to come. Full details of this year’s event, including all the resolutions and candidates for the Council elections are set out in our AGM booklet, which you can access below.

Voting recommendations

Many of our members have asked us to summarise voting recommendations this year, so we have set these out below. Members can, of course, vote in any way they choose. You can also appoint the Chair of the meeting to vote on your behalf as he/she thinks fit.

The Nominations Committee’s recommendations for the Council elections are:
Sandy Nairne, Caroline Kay, Min Grimshaw, Philip Monk, Sarah Green and Christopher Stewart

Summary of recommendations for the resolutions:
Members’ resolution about trail hunting, exempt hunting and hound exercise on National Trust land
Board of Trustees’ position: We note the resolution and are keen to hear the views of the membership

Members’ resolution about volunteer management
Board of Trustees’ position: We recommend members vote against the resolution

Members’ resolution about defibrillators at properties
Board of Trustees’ position: We recommend members vote against the resolution

Members’ resolution about disclosure of senior staff remuneration
Board of Trustees’ position: We recommend members vote for the resolution

Members’ resolution about overcrowding at properties
Board of Trustees’ position: We note the resolution and are keen to hear the views of the membership

Members’ resolution about curatorial expertise
Board of Trustees’ position: We recommend members vote against the resolution

Board of Trustees’ resolution about digital futures
Board of Trustees’ position: We recommend members vote for the resolution

You are eligible to vote in the Council elections if you joined us as a member on or before 12 August 2021. You are eligible to vote on the resolutions if you joined us on or before 20 August 2021.

We'd love you to join us in person, but if you can't attend, you can watch the AGM online via this page on Saturday 30 October 2021.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Trust's AGM Chair, Orna NiChionna Turner, as well as the Director-General, Hilary McGrady, and her team.

Below you'll find all the links you need, as well as our latest Annual Report and guidance on how voting works.

What you need to know

Voting boxes, National Trust AGM 2010

Voting online has closed

Every member can vote on the AGM resolutions and in the Council elections. Your voting papers were included in your AGM booklet. However, voting online closed at midnight on 22 October 2021. You can still vote for the resolutions on the day if attending the AGM itself.

Director-General Hilary McGrady speaking at the Annual General Meeting 2019 in the Steam Museum, Swindon

Attending the AGM 

Find out more about attending the AGM at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Yorkshire on 30 October, from how to get there to the agenda for the day. You can also download your invitation letter.

The Rotunda at Ickworth House, Suffolk

Responding to our 2020/21 annual report 

In the latest Director's blog, hear from Chief Financial Officer, Peter Vermeulen, who responds to the publication of our 2020/21 annual report and offers insight into our financial accounts.

Watch the live webcast online

If you can’t join us in person you can watch the event online.  The AGM will be broadcast here on 30 October.

Autumn

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