I very much enjoyed attending this first Conference of NORML UK, enjoyed meeting many new faces and the energy of the campaigners, in particular the many excellent speakers.
NORML UK AGM Report 18th May 2013
Jo Martin Moss
Friday 24 May 2013
The NORML UK Board would
like to thank all of you, our members, who attended the AGM and voted in
person or voted online. We feel, and all the feedback received to date
would indicate, that everyone who attended the NORML UK weekend event
not only learned many new things, but thoroughly enjoyed themselves too.
The majority of NORML UK board members stood for re-election during the
AGM, however not all to the same post or job title. The make-up of our
Board and volunteer team has now changed and is as follows:
Des Humphrey has stood down from the position of Executive Director. We
currently have no-one willing to take on this role, and as the role is a
demanding one that our team is managing well enough without, we are
content to wait until someone suitably qualified and available comes
Des is now taking on the position of Community Outreach Director
(Wales), where he tells us he will be much happier now he won’t have to
attend loads of Skype board meetings! Chris Mackenzie is joining NORML
UK in a similar role as Community Outreach Director (Scotland), and Greg
De Hoedt retains his position of Communications & Community
Outreach Director for England. All three of these regional roles will
provide a direct link with the UKCSC network for mutual sharing of
information and support, and regional media contacts.
Jo Martin Moss has been confirmed as both Deputy Director and Secretary,
but is actively seeking someone to take on the Secretary role to enable
her to concentrate on co-ordinating all of the ongoing projects and
implementing new initiatives and strategies for the future of NORML UK.
We have had applicants already, but more qualified administrative
volunteers are welcome.
Chris Bovey was confirmed as Treasurer and Webmaster, Tina Mendes as
Medical Campaign Director and Matt Aldridge as Harm Reduction Campaign
Toby Denney has stood down as Research Director, and Andy Bishop was
voted in to take-over the role, which has left his previous position as
Organisations Outreach Director temporarily vacant, and we are seeking
volunteers for this.
Free Rob Cannabis was voted in as Director of Education during a
separate members’ vote on Sunday. We welcome Free to our team and he
will be working alongside the Research and Harm Reduction teams to
produce specific evidence-based educational material.
Lowell Wolfe was confirmed in his role, formerly titled Spiritual &
Sacramental Campaign Director but which was changed on discussion with
the Board to Civil Rights Campaign Director, in order to more accurately
describe the position.
Sarah McCulloch had decided to leave her role as Political Lobbying
Director in order for someone else to be elected to replace her at the
AGM – however, no candidate came forward and Sarah will continue to
oversee our political activity and support the rest of the Board, with
her enthusiasm reignited by the success of the weekend conference. Let's
hope we can continue the momentum, keeping Sarah and her considerable
talents on board for the foreseeable future.
Richard Shrubb has been confirmed as Media & Public Relations
Director; Richard is a professional journalist who has previously
written a number of articles for the NORML UK blog.
At our next Board meeting, the officers of the Board will choose three
of their number to form the Executive Committee, who will meet regularly
to make day-to-day decisions for NORML UK according to our by-laws.
In non-Board positions, Stuart Harper has been welcomed as an advisor
to the medical campaign team. We are also very pleased that in the wake
of our conference, a number of qualified and enthusiastic volunteers
have come forward to take on roles as writers, researchers, editors and
general assistants within our rapidly expanding campaign teams.