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AGM 2019

July 2 , Google

96th WACL Ltd and Gather (Forum) Ltd Annual General Meeting


  • AGM: 5-7pm (please arrive at 4.30pm to allow time to register.
  • AGM Dinner: From 7 pm (at the same venue)


Please book the AGM (no cost) or AGM plus Dinner (£55 inc.VAT) through the Eventbrite form,

It is a requirement of WACL membership that all members attend the AGM, so if you are unable to attend for any reason, please could you send your apologies in advance to alisonlomax@google.com and any necessary reports will be forwarded to you following the meeting. The post AGM dinner is optional, but we would obviously love as many people as possible to stay

For the 2019/2020, an update of the Executive Committee is as follows:

Executive Committee 2019/20 – Officers

Lisa Thomas, the incoming President, has appointed the following members as her Officers in 2019/20:

  • Vice President: Jackie Stevenson
  • Hon Treasurer: Tracy de Groose
  • Hon Secretary: Gill Huber
  • Hon Dinner Secretary: Ella Dolphin

Pippa Glucklich will also remain on the Exec in the role of Past President.

Executive Committee 2018/19 – Elected Members of the Committee

Four elected members will be retiring from the Committee following the completion of their two-year term:

  • Penny Herriman
  • Leigh Thomas
  • Daryl Fielding
  • Hattie Matthews

In addition, Alison Lomax will be stepping down as Hon Secretary after 3 years in the role.

Four members will be serving the second year of their two-year term, namely:

  • Donna Birkett Baida
  • Karen Buchanan
  • Claire Sadler
  • Victoria Fox

There will also be four co-opted roles; Caitlin Ryan will continue as Technology Director, Merry Baskin for Working Associates, Judith Salinson for Retired Associates and the Christmas Gala will be led by Helen Weisinger.

Executive Committee Nominations 2019/20

As usual, there will be four new Executive Committee places (inc. attending monthly Executive meeting) for the standard two-year term. The roles are:

Inspiration & Support Chair (new)

We have evolved the Social role to reflect the other two pillars of our Purpose as well as feedback from members that they love the events but are much more likely to attend the ones that enrich either their professional or personal development and ideally both. Events such as the RADA training and the What Women Want exhibition in partnership with Kantar were huge hits from last year’s calendar. In addition to these sorts of events, our hope is that this Chair and her committee will be able to develop a series of events where we can inspire and learn from each other

Campaigning Chair (new)

This is the first time we have had a role dedicated to campaigning on the WACL Exec. As a core pillar of our Purpose, it is time to dedicate some real brain power to identifying which issues we will campaign for, build relationships with government bodies, key media and partners and establish a strong voice for WACL. This role will work closely with both the Gatherings and Partners chair and the Comms and Voice Chair as well as the Exec.

Gather (2nd Chair)

Leading Gather is demanding but equally one of the most rewarding roles in WACL. Gather is our day of support, inspiration, and training for the brilliant, talented women across our industry and this committee delivers the entire event from ticket sales to sponsorship and advertising to developing the theme and finding speakers

Communications & Voice Chair

This is a relatively new role but as the title suggests this is about giving WACL a voice. This role is central to bringing our Purpose to life through our members and their stories as well as sharing key moments in our calendar such as Gather. For 2019/20 we have the opportunity to establish our voice and to reach new audiences through maintaining our relationship with our industry press and building relationships with the nationals as well as extending our social reach.

Please nominate yourself or any fellow WACL members using this form. If there are more than 4 nominations then a vote will take place at the AGM. For any new Members, it is recommended joining a Committee in your first year, before taking on a lead role.

2018 Statutory Accounts for WACL Ltd and Gather (Forum) Ltd

Please a copy of the 2018 Statutory Accounts for WACL Ltd and Gather (Forum) Ltd.