Directors Seeking Election At Tomorrow’s Partnership AGM

islands partnership team new brochure 2013What could be one of the biggest meetings on St Mary’s this year, the annual general meeting of the Islands’ Partnership, takes place tomorrow.

Membership of our tourism and business body has risen to 308 this year and for their second AGM attendees will pick four directors to represent their interests on the company board from a list of five candidates.

The IP constitution requires a turnover of the board members every two years – directors elected last year will remain in post to allow continuity.

Seeking support is the steamship company Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith. He says he hopes to be re-elected so he can put his 12 years of director-level transport management experience and significant destination marketing knowledge to work.

He’s worked with Visit Wales, Visit Britain, five English tourist boards as well as destination marketing bodies in Australia and Europe.

Chris Gregory has been in post for two years and is seeking re-election to the board although he may be handing over the chairmanship in the future. It’s hoped that a salaried Executive Director will be in post by Christmas.

As chairman, Chris says that he has been responsible for creating an effective and sustainable organisation that can enable the progress of the tourism industry.

Oriel Hicks would like to be elected onto the board. She has operated the Phoenix Glass Studios since 1991 and wants prospective visitors to feel the passion for the islands that she does. Oriel says that other places have sea and sand but Scilly is unique.

St Agnes Boats operator John Peacock is seeking re-election. He says that he can think strategically and has an in depth knowledge of the Blue Sail report, which he has used successfully in his own business.

And guesthouse and café owner, Sabine Schraudolph, would like to be re-elected to oversee some changes. She says our values of safety, community spirit, and a slower pace must be maintained but there has to be sensible development including better customer service, improved transport and management of our beautiful environment.

Voting will take place at the AGM tomorrow from 11am at the Church Hall, and doors open from 10am.

Amanda Pender, the IP Coordinator, hopes that there will be a good turnout.

She says registration may take a while and that’s why doors open an hour early. Amanda says tomorrow’s events offer an opportunity for members to hear more about the work done on their behalf over the last year, to hold the directors to account and to advise those in a leadership role on the issues that they feel are important.

If you can’t go along you can vote by proxy but your forms have to be returned by 5pm today to the IP office.