The AGM was the best attended in the Benevolent Fund's history, in part due to the esteemed key note speaker, Sir John Armitt, ICE President and Patron of the ICE Benevolent Fund. The AGM also provided an opportunity for new Trustees to be voted onto the Board. Mazars LLP were voted as auditors for 2017.
Sir John spoke about how the Benevolent Fund represents a perfect example of the more human side of the ICE community and illustrated what impact the support had on the thousands of people it has helped over last 150 years. He went on to explain how the civil engineering profession could best fulfil its role in this fast changing world.
The main business of the AGM saw appointments of new members to the management committee including Teresa Frost, Chris Gray and Ken Laing.
"We are delighted to welcome new members to the team to further strengthen our activities over the coming months" commented David Orr, CBE, former ICE President and Benevolent Fund Chairman.
The AGM was followed by a networking lunch and an afternoon of training for Visitors and Trustees.
Kris Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, began the afternoon session by outlining the significant changes at the Benevolent Fund. "Our charity has evolved and developed. It's now a grant given in times of desperate need and a proactive supporter of the well-being of all ICE members and their families."
Kris Barnett's afternoon session was followed by a training session which included a comprehensive briefing on data protection from Keith Logan, ICE Group Head of MIS.
This was followed by visitors and trustees discussing benevolence case reviews to share best practice and knowledge. The case work prompted lively discussion and the sharing of best practice.
"Some of the cases can be quite challenging" explained Lindsay Howell, Ben Fund case worker, "it's useful for our visitors to understand how the cases are processed and what the Trustees need to consider when making grant awards."
Volunteer visitors are ICE members who give their time to provide essential contact with applicants and existing beneficiaries. Visitors provide the link between beneficiaries, the Benevolent Fund office and the Trustees. Beneficiaries often comment about the emotional and practical support that a face to face visit with a volunteer visitor provides.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer visitor for the ICE Benevolent Fund, please contact Lindsay Howell on 01444 417 979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors are particularly needed in international markets as well as the UK.