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FNF AGM 2018 - Agenda and Conference Details

Notice of Families Need Fathers

Annual General Meeting and Conference

Saturday 23rd June 2018


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For Families Need Fathers Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday 23rd June 2018 at 4pm at:

Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

Business at the AGM will be as follows:

1.         Welcome by FNF Chair Jerry Karlin

 Acceptance of Minutes of AGM of 18th March 2018
(you will need to login to FNF website first to download these minutes)

2.         Annual Report and Accounts and Treasurer’s Report

3.         Confirmation of Trustees

4.         Appointment of Auditors

5.         Resolutions

6.         AOB

Close of Business

Attendance at the AGM part of the meeting is free of charge to all members.



The three year terms of Ian Findlay, Wayne Martin, Robert Cheyne, Phil Markham, Jerry Karlin and Andrew Crumpton having passed means that each were due to retire by rotation. With no other candidates coming forward and as all have expressed a willingness to continue to act, they will be deemed to have been re-appointed in accordance with paragraph 31 of the Families Need Fathers Articles of Association. Steve Roberts resigned as a Trustee on 24th November 2017. Alexandra Lessing was co-opted to the board as of 11th May 2018 and has also confirmed that she is willing to act as a trustee and is put forward by the board for re-appointment at this AGM. As no further proposals have been received by the Company Secretary, there being fewer candidates than vacancies, and there being no reservations from the board, they will be duly elected.

The following individuals will therefore be trustees as at 23rd June 2018:

1.       Jerry Karlin

2.       Greg Downing

3.       Phil Markham

4.       Lee Grice

5.       Andrew Crumpton

6.       Wayne Martin

7.       Ian Findlay

8.       Robert Cheyne

9.       Paul Apreda

10.    Alexandra Lessing                               



The Company Secretary has not received any proposals for resolutions to be put to the AGM.


Thank you, on behalf of the Board of FNF, 

Michael Lewkowicz

FNF Company Secretary

134 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AR

Charity number: 276899

Company number: 01396139

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