The AGM will take place at 1100 on Friday 23 June in The Town House, Inverness. While renovations are taking place access is in Castle Street, at the entrance nearer High Street. Coffee will be available from 1030. Members are reminded that they should carry their 2017 membership card.
The intention is to conclude the AGM by 1140, allowing time for a short break before the Conference starts at 1145. The provisional timing for this is:
1145 Conference starts: President's welcome
1155 Keynote address by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy & Connectivity
1230 End of morning session
1345 Afternoon session: Bill Reeve, Head of Rail, Transport Scotland
1405 Alex Sharkey, Area Director East, Network Rail
1425 Alex Hynes, MD ScotRail Alliance
1510 Frank Roach, HITRANS
1525 Convener's closing remarks
1535 End of Conference
This year FoFNL will not be making lunch arrangements on behalf of Members. There are several places within easy walking distance offering a wide range of meals at a wide range of prices.
Members of the Committee communicate several times a month by exchange of emails, and in practice the bulk of the work gets done this way. Nevertheless making decisions like this is technically unconstitutional, hence the desire to regulate matters in a manner more consistent with current practice.
Delete Clause 17 and replace by:
17. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once per annum, and shall be called on a minimum of 14 clear days' notice in writing or electronically. In addition to those taken in a formal meeting, decisions may be taken through the medium of emails addressed to a single member who will act as the designated member. This single member shall normally be the Convener, or in his absence a committee member appointed by the Convener for the purpose. Committee members taking part in such a discussion are required to copy to all other committee members their views as the discussion progresses. Should the matter require a vote, the designated member will count the votes in favour of a proposal and the proposal will be deemed to have passed once a majority of the committee members have voted in favour. The designated member will then notify the committee members as to whether the proposal has been carried. All decisions taken by email are to be documented and referred to in the minutes of the following formal meeting.