On Thursday 17th November the Forum Conferencing Centre in Stevenage played host to our 2016 AGM.

The event was attended by staff from across POhWER’s services and around 30 members and Trustees.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mark Gray, opened the event and welcomed everyone. Director of Support Services, Roan Dyson, then went on to give a review of the year and our finances.

Roan acknowledged that it had been a difficult and very challenging year but, despite the redundancies and restructures we have still been able to grow as an organisation and gain new contracts. Roan thanked all the dedicated staff, members, trustees and supporters and said “Without your commitment and hard work we would not have been able to make such big changes and make sure POhWER continues to grow”.

After the formal proceedings and voting there was a video presentation from Board Committee lead, Leigh Hutchings, Founder Vice President, Judith Smart, Hertfordshire Community Development Worker, Natasha Bartley and Membership Support worker, Glyn Doggett. The presentation talked about reconnecting with members and put forward a proposal to ask current members how they would like to support POhWER in the future. Roan Dyson explained that the next steps are to consult with our membership and discuss further opportunities.   

The final part of the day was about Reconnecting and Moving Forward and Mark Gray, Chair of the Board of Trustees reflected on the last year and the hard work that had gone on behind the scenes in reshaping the organisation. At the 2015 AGM he had made a promise to members that we would be reconnecting with them and this year he acknowledged that there was still more to do. Mark then introduced our new Chief Executive, Mark Lister, who explained in detail about POhWER's future plans. POhWER's priorities for 2017-18 are:

  • Deliver high performing services
  • Reconnect with members/local people needing our services
  • Fundraising towards a secure future
  • Empowering our team to get the best out of us for the people we work alongside

We would like to hear members views on the priorities for our 21st year, next year.

 The day was rounded off with a question and answer session before closing at 4pm.

Organiser Glyn Doggett expressed his thanks to Natasha Bartley for her hard work and support in planning and running the event, along with thanking the staff and volunteers who helped out on the day.