Friday 8th May 2009
Ninteenth Annual General Meeting
Draft Annual Report & Accounts for 2008
- The draft annual report and accounts for 2008 were presented to the AGM and approved.
Changes to the Board of Trustees and Officers
- Renton Righelato and Jane Krish retired as Trustees at this meeting.
- Dr Gerard Bertrand was re-elected as Honorary President.
- Mark Leaney was re-elected as Honorary Treasurer.
- The following were elected as new Trustees:
- Sir Kenneth Carlisle
- Gil Child
- Bruce Pearson
- Jonathan Self
Appointment of Auditors
- Lovewell Blake were re-appointed as Auditors.
- John Burton was appointed Company Secretary.
Seventy-fourth Council Meeting
Election of Chairman and Deputy Chair of Trustees Meeting
- Following the retirement at the AGM of Renton Righelato, Albertino Abela was elected the new Chairman of Trustees, and Rohini Finch as Vice Chair.
Appointment and re-election of Council Members
- Alistair Gammell and Mark Stanley Price were appointed as Council Members. Council Members whose term was due to expire during the current year were re-appointed.
- Details of WLT's Board of Trustees and Council can be found at on the "about WLT" page.
Development & Impact of Recession
- In contrast to the difficulties reported by many other charities, WLT had seen little evidence of any great impact of the recession on income. Fundraising costs and general overheads were under control. Overall the financial situation was holding up well, but was being kept under review.
Recent successful events marking WLT's 20th Anniversary were highlighted:
- The Great Ape Debate held at the Linnean Society on 30 April and chaired by Lord Cranbrook had been a great success. Live streaming of the Debate on the WLT website was a first [a video of the Debate is now available at on the Great Ape Debate event page]. A further larger-scale event is planned for November to carry the debate forward: details will be available on the WLT website in due course.
- An event for Trust supporters in the South-west, hosted by Bristol Zoo, took place in April, with the keynote speech by Sir David Attenborough [a transcript of Sir David's talk can be found at on Sir David Attenborough's testimonials page].
- Kinangop Grasslands Project, Kenya: Formal approval was given to a proposal to support Nature Kenya in the purchase of 50 acres of strategically important grassland, stronghold of the Sharpe's Longclaw, a seriously threatened bird species endemic to Kenya.
- Venezuela: A brief report was given on the recent field trip by 3 WLT/UEA Diploma students to Venezuela, where they undertook research projects with project partners Provita.