On Wednesday 22nd September, Valleys to Coast welcomed colleagues, customers, and stakeholders to Bridgend College’s Sony Theatre for the first hybrid Annual General Meeting in our organisation’s history.
Following the fully virtual AGM we held in 2020 as a result of the national lockdown, this year we opted to host a hybrid event, giving attendees the option of joining us in-person or online.
The panel was made up of Chief Executive, Joanne Oak; Chair of the Board, Anthony Whittaker; Corporate Director of Finance, Governance, Strategy and Performance, Claire Marshall; and Director of Governance, Strategy and Performance, Chris Mundy.
The AGM kicked off with a unanimous vote to re-appoint Mazars as the Company’s external auditors for next year, with votes counted in-person and from those who joined virtually, and the minutes from last year were approved as well. An overview was given on the progress made in the Turnaround Programme so far, followed by a reflection on the last year.
More time was spent on this year’s Annual Review section than usual, with Chief Executive, Joanne Oak, eager to celebrate the achievements made by Valleys to Coast throughout the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. This was summarised in an Annual Review video, which you can watch here.
Finally, the panel held a question and answers session, featuring questions that were submitted in advance by stakeholders and customers and took questions from the audience. Shareholders proposed some great questions about safety measures and concerns about new building projects; customer satisfaction scores; learning from Ffordd Eglyws project on future developments; enquiry around Chief Executive car allowance and performance-related pay; garage bases costs and clearance that is needed.
A full recording of the AGM is available to view here or embedded below.