On 14 June 2017, the directors met with members for CEB’s Annual General Meeting. This included the standard formal activities required by law, including presenting the annual report and accounts for 2016 for the members’ approval and elections of directors. We re-elected Beck Collins and Phil Beardmore for another 3-year term each, and said a warm thank-you to Shaz Rhamann for his contributions as he stood down from the board.
It was also a useful opportunity for members to gain an insight into how the cooperative is being run. This is important from a governance perspective – generating a productive dialogue with members about the background and context for our decisions – but also for the general health of the organisation’s culture. We are all involved, after all, because we believe in the value of renewable energies and in supporting community activities.
We also had the opportunity to hear about the activities of our sister community energy coop, Power for Good, and about Birmingham Friends of the Earth‘s share offer to develop the Warehouse in Digbeth. We share interests and members with both organisations and it was good to be updated with their news.
We finished the evening with ‘nibbles and networking’. Our members are a friendly and interesting group of people to spend time with, and we’d like to encourage anybody who wasn’t able to attend this year to come along next year and experience this for yourself.