DLA's Annual General Meeting will be held on 26th February - deadline for nominations to the Executive Committee: 14th February

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The DLA AGM and annual social event will take place on
Wednesday 26th February 2020 beginning at 6:00pm.
The venue for the AGM is:

Slater and Gordon’s London office,
address: 90 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LJ
see here for map

It will help us very much in planning numbers of ballot papers and glasses of wine if you will let us know if you are able (or unable) to attend.  Please RSVP to info@discriminationlaw.org.uk.  Non-members are welcome to attend this event but only DLA members will be eligible to vote (NB one vote only per membership).  Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be provided.

There is full disabled access to the conference room at Slater and Gordon, also a fully-equipped disabled toilet.  If you require any reasonable adjustments to be made for this meeting, for example information in large print or electronic copies, please contact Chris Atkinson at the DLA office.

Nominations to the Executive Committee:

At the AGM, the Executive Committee, who will serve for the next 12 months, will be appointed.  The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and up to 12 further members (described as Director / Trustee).

The DLA encourages all members to consider standing for a post on the Executive Committee (EC).  Trustees must have a keen interest in discrimination law but need not be legal professionals. We actively welcome those from other backgrounds with a broad range of perspectives, including from grassroots organisations, trade unions, special-interest groups or individuals with a passion for fighting discrimination through the law.

Trustees will serve for 12 months in the dual role: 

  1. As trustees, to undertake the fiduciary duties as required from a charity and limited company. General guidance can be found here.
  2. As members of the executive committee, to run the charity on a day-to-day basis, contributing to the DLA’s publications, conference planning and organisation of events for members. 

The responsibilities include:

  • attending a meeting of the EC once a month as well as the annual Conference
  • working on a programme of speakers for PGMs, our annual conferences, and debates
  • contributing to Briefings, our thrice-yearly publication
  • drafting consultation responses
  • helping with our website and social media
  • formulating DLA policy, including taking views from the membership

A regular commitment of time is required, but the EC understands that this may have to be flexible depending on work and other commitments - different EC members take on a variety of different tasks.  Although monthly meetings and the annual conference are in London, we have facilities for trustees to dial into meetings remotely. Working or living in London is not a prerequisite for this role.  Reasonable travel expenses will be provided (including appropriate transport costs). Our aim is that no individual is barred by cost from contributing to our work, by socio-economic status, disability or otherwise.

 

Finally, it is worth remembering that although you can ask another member to nominate you, by far the most common procedure is for people to nominate themselves - don’t be shy!  If you are nominating someone else, please ensure that the person being nominated consents.

The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday 14th February 2020.  This deadline cannot be extended as a reasonable amount of time is required for administrative arrangements before the AGM.

Nominations by email to info@discriminationlaw.org.uk will be accepted provided a signed hardcopy is subsequently received by post by Monday, 17th February 2020 at the DLA office (please note address: PO Box 63576, London N6 9BB).  The nomination form can be found here (in MS Word format - entries can be typed into the form fields by computer or written longhand on a printout of the form - please contact the DLA office if you are unable to open this file.).

If the number of valid nominations received is not greater than the number of vacancies to be filled, the persons nominated will be declared to be appointed at the AGM.  If the number of valid nominations received is greater than the number of vacancies, ballot papers will be sent to every member and associate organisation by Friday, 21st February 2020 for an election at the AGM.

Motions to be considered at the AGM

Members can also propose motions at the AGM provided they serve adequate notice on the secretary, and at all events not later than 6:00pm on Friday 21st February 2020.  Please send any motions to the DLA Administrator - info@discriminationlaw.org.uk.

Date and time: 
26 February 2020 6:00pm