Thursday 6th June 2013
Annual Report & Accounts for 2012
- The accounts were reviewed and approved. It was agreed that had been an excellent result in a very difficult year, with a turnover of £2.45m, and £1.78m spent on charitable activities, and 9,000 acres of land purchased. Chris Dicker, representing the auditors, confirmed that audit had gone very smoothly, with nothing significant to note. The chair expressed the congratulations of the Members to all concerned. The Accounts had been circulated prior to the meeting and had been approved by Trustees and Directors of World Land Trust Trading Ltd and were duly signed by the Chair of Trustees and the Chair of World Land Trust Trading Ltd.
- Chris Packham was formally confirmed as a Patron of World Land Trust by the Members
Appointment and re-appointment of Trustees and Officers
- Dr Gerard Bertrand had re-elected as Honorary President
- Myles Archibald, having been appointed as Honorary Treasurer at the December 2012 Meeting of Trustees, was formally appointed by the Members
- Gil Child’s resignation due to ill health had been previously notified with effect from the present meeting. A retirement gift had been obtained and would be forwarded to him, as he was unable to attend, along with the best wishes of all members present.
- Jonathan Self and Simon Lyster were re-elected, having stepped down in accordance with Rule 24 of the Articles of Association.
- Myles Archibald had been appointed as a Trustee at the December 2012 Meeting of Trustees, and was formally elected by Members.
- Miranda Stevenson was elected as a new Trustee.
Appointment of Auditors
- Lovewell Blake be re-appointed as the Trust’s auditors.
Admin and Financial Matters
- The management accounts for April 2013 and reforecast were reviewed and approved. Results at the end of the first quarter were encouraging, with donations from regular supporters increasing month on month.
- Issues which had been identified in the WLT risk assessment were discussed. The CEO stressed that mechanisms were in place to identify and deal with potential hazards connected with working with international NGOs and major corporate funders.
- The CEO reported on a meeting of conservation organisations in Armenia which he had attended. This had succeeded in resolving some issues which had arisen due to the conflicting approach towards conservation of WLT and partners and other conservation organisations operating in the area. The programme funded by WLT was going very well, with many key species present in the reserve, which was being well managed by dedicated team of rangers.
- Council Member Kevin Cox reported on his visit earlier in the year to Bolivia, accompanied by Conservation Programmes Manager Ruth Canning, stressing the high conservation value of the land and the threats to it. Members discussed WLT’s aim of working with partners to acquire large areas of land in Bolivia for conservation while land prices remain relatively low, and agreed that a structured approach to develop such a programme was required.
- Senior Conservationist Roger Wilson reported on his recent site visit to Vietnam. His proposal to accept Viet Nature as a new WLT programme partner was approved.
- Trustees and Council Members heard that visitor numbers on the Trust’s website and usage of its digital communications had shown an impressive increase following the appointment of the new Head of Digital Communications. A new website fully compatible with mobile devices was scheduled to be launched within the next few weeks.
- The relaunch of the WLT Partners as Friends had proved highly successful, with a high level of new regular donors signing up, and an increase in the average monthly donation.
- Foundation & Trusts: a pro-active strategy of approaching selected foundations was being pursued, with the results of several formal proposals awaited
- WLT’s PR Consultant highlighted a number or recent PR successes, including selection by Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School as its chosen charity for the next two years; and the Sit Down to make a Stand deckchair promotion which had taken place at the Chelsea Fringe over the last weekend of the Chelsea Flower Show.
- A report was given of a highly successful event held at Charlotte Street Hotel in April entitled Spreading the Word. The aim of the event had been to give WLT Ambassadors and donors tools to help them spread the Trust’s message and to engage new support.
- The meeting was informed about an exciting event planned to take place in October at the Royal Society with the Trust’s newest patron, Chris Packham, and Vivek Menon, director of WTI. This event is intended to kick off WLT’s 25 Anniversary events.