National Conference and AGM 2018

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Our 2018 National Conference and Annual General Meeting took place on 7-8 April at Swansea University's Bay Campus.

Thank you to everyone who came to hear about all the fantastic campaigning going on around the UK as well as debate and vote on important issues

2018 AGM Decisions

Formal business included the reports from the Board and Director, receiving the annual accounts and making decisions on human rights issues and governance matters. The full list of AGM decisions can be downloaded below.

About our Annual General Meetings

Our National Conference and Annual General Meeting brings together Amnesty members from around the UK. It usually takes place over two days in April when we come together to be inspired, to learn about Amnesty’s work and to make decisions about the future.

The AGM is for all members of Amnesty International UK Section. If you’re not a member but want to come to an AGM, join Amnesty as a member today.

What happens at the National Conference and AGM?

Inspiration

Our National Conference and AGM is an opportunity for members to come together to inspire and be inspired, to learn about our human rights work and campaigns, to share skills and experiences with other members and to hear and participate in talks and panel debates. It’s a great way to meet others who share a commitment to human rights.

Deciding our future
The AGM is a chance to participate in our decision-making by debating and voting on a range of issues. All Amnesty UK Section members can attend and vote but voting rights differ:

  • Individual and family members – one vote per person
  • Groups (local/student/youth) – ten votes per group
  • Affiliate members – one vote for the first 5,000 members and a further vote for 10,000 members or part thereof, up to a maximum of ten votes.

Not a member? Join Amnesty now to have your say.

Elections at the AGM

Our AGM elects an AGM Chair, the AGM Standing Orders Committee and the Members and Directors Appeals Committee. 

  • The AGM Chair, elected for one year, is responsible for making sure that the business of the AGM is conducted in an efficient and orderly way. It’s the most important role at the AGM but they get lots of support from the Standing Orders Committee and our staff.
  • The Standing Orders Committee helps the AGM Chair to run the meeting by advising on the AGM rules (known as Standing Orders). They also advise members on the wording of resolutions, ensure that resolutions meet the requirements of Standing Orders and allocate them for discussion in a 'working party'.
  • The Members and Directors Appeal Committee is responsible for considering any appeal made by either an individual or Director who has been expelled from the membership of Amnesty or from the Board. This is extremely rare but the Committee’s decision is final.

If you are interested in playing a vital role in our democracy by serving in one of these positions, or if you want to help at the AGM by becoming a working party chair or a teller, please contact the Nominations Committee via nomcom@amnesty.org.uk

Questions? Get in touch

Advice on submitting a resolution and conduct of AGM business
Please contact the Standing Orders Committee via soc@amnesty.org.uk

Governance positions at the AGM
Please contact the Nominations Sub-Committee via nomcom@amnesty.org.uk

General Queries
Please contact the AGM team via agm@amnesty.org.uk

Decisions from recent AGMs