BBCPA AGM 16TH APRIL 2019
Our Chairman, Albert Barber, welcomed a full house of members to the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the BBC Pensioners’ Association. After a few housekeeping reminders, including approval of the Minutes of the 2018 AGM, Albert spoke about our continuing good relations with the BBC, Pensions and Benefits Centre at Cardiff and BBC Pension Trust Limited. The latter two were represented at the meeting by Ian Cutter, Operations Manager and John Cullen, CEO of BBC Pension Trust Ltd. The website and monthly e- newsletter have had good responses and feedback. He invited all members to let him or any of the Committee know if they had any ideas which might benefit the Association and its members.
Reports from the Officers of the Association included Maurice Maguire, Membership Secretary and Alan Bilyard, Treasurer. Maurice reported that due to ‘natural wastage’ membership is falling. He urged all members to encourage their BBC friends and colleagues to join with the incentive of free new membership until May 2020. Introducing Alan, Albert announced Alan’s retirement as Treasurer and thanked him for his 19 years of service to the BBCPA as Treasurer. Albert commented that the continuity, wit and wisdom that Alan has provided will be missed. Whilst Alan’s intention is to retire, he stated at the beginning of his report that he will stay on until a successor has been found. Financially, the Association continues to be secure although extra travel costs had been incurred due to new Committee members travelling from the regions for our monthly meetings. Last year our income fell due to approximately 200 members opting to leave the Association. Although our yearly costs are sustainable with our current income, more members are needed. All three reports were accepted by a show of hands of members.
Leslie Huss-Smickler then outlined all the offers available to members which can be found in our 4-page leaflet in the Annual Report 2018 sent out recently and in our Christmas Newsletter. Amongst our recent new offers is the ability to now join the CSSC Sports and Leisure Club and Aris Giannakou from CSSC outlined the benefits which can also be found in the 4-page leaflet in the Annual Report 2018.
After a short break Ian Cutter, Operations Manager gave a short presentation about the work of the Pensions and Benefits Centre in Cardiff with emphasis on https://www.bbc.co.uk/mypension/pensioners/mypensiononline
Our key-note Speaker, Sir John Tusa then gave his key-note address which was about moments of chance that had changed his career at the BBC. He also questioned the quality of journalism at the BBC with 20 questions he would like to ask. Members then mingled and drank tea, coffee and biscuits.
DELIVERY OF AGM MINUTES
We intend to deliver the AGM Minutes electronically to all our e-Newsletter subscribers via a downloadable link on our website. This will save the Association money but perhaps more importantly is better for the environment in every way. I hope you all agree and in future we are looking to increase electronic delivery of our communications. If you ALSO wish to receive a paper copy in the post then please send an email to our Membership Secretary, Maurice Maguire @ firstname.lastname@example.org