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Highlights from ADCH’s Virtual AGM 2024

ADCH hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) online on 2nd July 2024, with 31 member organisations attending. This virtual gathering provided an opportunity to present last year’s accounts, highlight achievements, and set the stage for future initiatives.

Chair Giles Webber delivered a comprehensive report outlining ADCH’s accomplishments over the past year. Executive Director Rebecca Cooper, in her first AGM since joining the organisation in August, provided updates on initiatives planned for 2024, aligned with ADCH’s new strategic direction launched at the beginning of the year, guiding the charity’s trajectory into the next decade. 

Key Board announcements included the re-election of Giles Webber as Chair and the appointment of existing Trustee Caroline Johnson as Vice Chair. ADCH welcomed Chris Bray from Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter as a new trustee and celebrated the re-election of David Bowles from RSPCA. Yvonne Goddard was appointed as Honorary Treasurer, bringing a wealth of financial experience and expertise to the team. 

Thanks were extended to the seven nominees who participated in the election but were not successful on this occasion. Peter Hepburn received recognition for his tenure as Vice Chair and will continue as a Trustee and Chair of SAWC within ADCH. Additionally, special appreciation was extended to Steve Byrne, who is retiring after nine years of service. He initially served on the management committee and subsequently as a Trustee and was acknowledged for his significant contributions. 

Following the AGM, an engaging opening meeting featured presentations from Jenny Whyte, Trustee at the Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue, discussing Volunteer Support strategies, and Gemma Taylor from Blue Cross presenting an overview of their Responsible Dog Ownership Course (RDOC). Members can access recordings of these sessions on the ADCH website. 

Written by: ADCH