Lynn Robinson was elected as the new BMC president on Saturday 16 June during the BMC AGM at Castle Green hotel, Kendal. This year’s AGM was one of the most important the BMC has ever seen, largely due to Item 9: the special resolution to adopt a new constitution (aka Articles of Association).
The groundbreaking AGM was a hotbed of debate, with enthusiastic presentations from both sides of the floor lasting many hours. However, after all votes were counted and added to online proxy votes, the record-breaking total was conclusive: 92% (6,057) voted to adopt the new Articles of Association.
With acting president Nick Kurth stepping down from his role, it was then time to vote on a new president. Up for election were Lynn Robinson and Les Ainwsorth, who both gave great presentations about how they would take the BMC forward.
In a historic moment for the BMC, Lynn became the president – the first ever female president of the BMC – with 4,168 votes compared to Les with 2,000.
Simon McCalla, independent director, congratulated Nick Kurth on his “unstinting dedication” and thanked him for being “a tremendous acting president.”
Lynn Robinson, new BMC president, says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been voted in as BMC president, thank you to everybody for their support and votes. And thanks to Les for his commitment to the BMC. I can’t wait to get started, and am really looking forward to recognising some of the BMC’s amazing volunteers.”
Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO, said “This was a truly historic BMC AGM. Not only did we have a record voting turnout – nearly three times our previous record – but the BMC now has its first female president. We all look forward to working together and to take the BMC forward into a very strong future for all its members.”