Home Page > Events > Annual General Meeting – 18th March 2018

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 4th Annual General Meeting of The Green Backyard will be held on Sunday 18th March at 2pm at Metal Peterborough, Chauffeur’s Cottage, St Peter’s Rd, Peterborough, PE1 1YX.

Agenda

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. A word from our founders
  3. Officer Reports
  4. Introducing our staff
  5. To receive the Board’s Report and Accounts for the period 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017
  6. Vote on proposed constitutional changes
  7. To elect members of the Board
  8. The challenge ahead: split into small groups to consider future funding and site development
  9. Any Other Business

Explanatory notes on item 5 of the agenda

Download a copy of the report of the trustees and unaudited financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017 here.

Explanatory notes on item 6 of the agenda

Following the signing of our lease in October, we need to make some small changes to our constitution. You can download a copy of the constitution as it currently stands here.

The changes being proposed are detailed below:

16. Reappointment of charity trustees

Any person who retires as a charity trustee by rotation or by giving notice to the CIO is eligible for reappointment. A charity trustee who has served for three consecutive terms may not be reappointed for a fourth consecutive term but may be reappointed after an interval of at least one year.

SHALL BECOME…

16. Reappointment of charity trustees

Any person who retires as a charity trustee by rotation or by giving notice to the CIO is eligible for reappointment. A charity trustee who has served for three consecutive terms may not be reappointed for a fourth consecutive term but may be reappointed after an interval of at least one year. A term shall be no longer than three years from the date on which a trustee was appointed.

Annex 2

2. One trustee position shall remain available to a Peterborough City Councillor from either the ward in which The Green Backyard is situated or a directly adjacent ward.

i. The election of a city councillor as trustee will follow the provisions for appointment of trustees set out in clauses 11 and 13 of the constitution.

SHALL BECOME…

Annex 2

2. Two trustee positions shall remain available to representatives of Peterborough City Council.

i. The election of  a council representative as a trustee will follow the provisions for appointment of trustees set out in clauses 11 and 13 of the constitution.

 

Explanatory notes on item 7 of the agenda

Standing for trustee election:

Trustee Nominee: Mahemuda (Muni) Arsalani

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I am married, a mum of three young adults, a self-taught mosaic artist and also occasionally a private English tutor. A Muslim, of Asian ethnicity, descending from Yemeni/Indian origins, I was born in Uganda and arrived in the UK in 1972, as a refugee. I’ve lived in Peterborough since 1978, although I spent 9 of those years living and teaching in Brunei, SE Asia.

During my 9 years in Brunei I taught at the International School Brunei as a Specialised Teaching assistant and English tutor. My role involved working with primary & secondary aged students, specifically those with various Special Educational Needs, in preparing and delivering lesson that ensured the curriculum was accessible to all abilities.

Since my return from Brunei to Peterborough in 2009, I have focused on pursuing my interest in art – predominantly mosaic art. I joined the Peterborough Artists Open Studios in 2012 and enjoy participating in the annual Open Studios exhibitions. I also often take part in other art events in and around Peterborough.

As well as exhibiting my art, I also deliver a variety of mosaic workshops to adults and children throughout the year – from my home, in schools and in the general community.

In the UK I was employed by The Helping Hands Group, a special educational school in Peterborough, from 2012 – 2014 as a part time tutor and carer. My main role involved working either one to one or in a small group, helping clients carry out pre-planned activities within the curriculum.

I served as a Committee member (Brochure Co-ordinator) for PAOS for three years, from Nov 2014 to Nov 2017.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:
Over the last 3 years I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to deliver several community mosaic workshops at the Green Backyard. Through these workshops, not only have I been able to share my passion for mosaic with others but feel that I have also become a member of the GBY ‘family’, engaging with both regular volunteers and the community at large, enabling them to discover and develop mosaic skills.

I have also witnessed how the GBY environment, through its green ethos and inclusive educational approach is an essential lifeline for many in the community. This has been a hugely positive experience for me and I feel that I would like to be a part of the driving force behind the charity to play a more active role in making a difference to the community.

Now, particularly in light of the recent developments with the new lease agreement, I would love to be more involved in planning and implementing the strategic direction of the Green Backyard. To offer my skills and experience, but also enrich my own experiences by learning from others. Most importantly to play a role in making sure that the charity is run in the interests of the people it is there to support.

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
I fully support GBY’s ethos of sustainability and community development and feel that I can contribute to promoting these values.

My teaching experience over the last 17 years, both abroad and in the UK as well as my time serving on the PAOS committee and exhibiting my art, has helped me to develop valuable skills; in engaging with others, working as a team; in marketing ideas to the community. I also love connecting with the community!

I am keen to use these skills to work with the board and the GBY staff and volunteers to help The Green Backyard to achieve its future goals and reach its full potential.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:
Active member of the International School, Brunei Eco Group (August 2007 – June 2009) – Initiating recycling programmes in schools across Brunei, involvement in organising the annual Green Gala Dinner, beach clean ups, recycling cans, paper, plastic, batteries and computers and starting the Million Trees Project.

Serving on the Peterborough Artists Open Studios committee (Nov 2014 – Nov 2017) – Attending monthly meetings to discuss and consolidate ideas for promoting, organising and facilitating the annual Open Studios event as well as other art exhibitions. Engaging, communicating and liaising with Peterborough’s art community to collect & collate relevant information in order to produce and market the annual PAOS Directory.

Co-ordinating and delivering community mosaic art workshops at The Green Backyard, which has facilitated a wider knowledge of the GBY organisation, it’s structure, goals and particularly its community of volunteers.

Designing and delivering mosaic workshops to the wider community, children and adults, both in the UK & Brunei. I have taught people from different communities and a variety of backgrounds, and also have experience of working with children and adults of all abilities.

Trustee Nominee: Richard Ferris

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I have lived in Peterborough for almost 15 years, having moved here with work back in 2003. I am married (to Kate Hall) and we have a young daughter, who attends school in the city. For the past 5 years I have served a local city councillor for Park Ward.

My professional background is as an ecologist. I worked for more than 13 years for the Forestry Commission, leading biodiversity related research as a member of the Wildlife & Conservation Team within Forest Research. I went on to become Head of Section for Woodland Ecology Branch. This role took me all over the UK and continental Europe, learning about and promoting new approaches to forest management.

I have also worked for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, here in Peterborough, providing biodiversity policy advice to government and working collaboratively with the country conservation agencies and other stakeholders. I was Head of the Biodiversity Information and Advice Team.

After leaving JNCC in 2016, I have worked for the Manchester Business School as a research associate, on a project looking at ways to create innovation in the construction sector, specifically in relation to the reuse of excavated soil in habitat restoration and creation projects; and studied for a diploma in Business Sustainability Management through the University of Cambridge Centre for Sustainability Leadership; before setting up my own sustainability consultancy, Earth Matters.

Earth Matters offers sustainability advice to businesses and community groups, helping to develop partnerships that deliver lasting social and environmental benefits.

When I am not working, I enjoy a variety of sports, participating in running, cycling, swimming and going to the gym; as well as watching speedway, rugby and football on a regular basis. I have competed in the World Trail Running Championships and was a proud finisher of the infamous Marathon des Sables, described as “the toughest footrace on Earth”.

I am a keen collector of music of all types, but specialising in African music. I have promoted a number of concerts in Peterborough and am an occasional DJ.

I am a qualified secondary school teacher (science, specialising in biology) and have additional experience as a volunteer in primary settings.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:
I am passionate about environmental education and the role that community projects can play in raising awareness of key sustainability issues. I believe that the city of Peterborough needs to up its game in relation to its claim to be the UK’s Environment Capital, at the same time as working more effectively to address the relatively poor educational attainment levels and public health problems that we face. The Green Backyard is well-placed to play an important role in relation to these issues.

I would like to offer my experience and skills to help support and develop the work that is done by the Green Backyard, to help it become the ‘go to’ place for environmental education and health-related programmes to support local communities. I believe that it can become a regional and even national exemplar of good practice and a tourist attraction in its own right.

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
I have a wealth of varied experience, built up over many years (see following section), both in my professional career as an ecologist but also in my role as a community activist and local representative.

I am very well connected in the wider community and can help to play an outreach and networking role for the Green Backyard, building links with new communities and user groups. For example, I am very interested in developing links with the migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities, and can help to facilitate this through work with the Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA).

My communication skills are well-developed and I am confident in a representational role, having operated at local, national and international levels.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:
I have served as a local councillor for the past five years, am on the committee of the Friends of Peterborough Lido, a member of the Peterborough Allotments Consortium, and have played a key role in setting up a number of local residents’ associations. In my professional career I have chaired a number of advisory committees and groups, including the British Ecological Society’s Forest Ecology Group and the Biodiversity Sub-Committee of the Government’s Global Environmental Change Committee.

I have well-developed negotiation skills, often dealing with contentious issues where there have been a wide range of often conflicting views; and am an experienced project manager, working with a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. as the UK representative on European Commission working groups on green infrastructure and ecosystem restoration).

Trustee Nominee: Simon Lacey

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I am passionate about enabling those who are marginalised for whatever reason to access green space and engage with living things and living processes. I love working with others and especially enjoy working with people from a variety of different disciplines, perspectives and backgrounds.

The majority of my work is for Headway Cambridgeshire, a local brain injury charity, where I oversee our horticultural and practical therapies programme across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This includes a number of gardening groups and projects including one at The Green Backyard, bushcraft groups and woodworking projects including a new one working with Care Zone in Peterborough. I also work as part of a small management team at Headway that is responsible for the running of the charity including business development.

Alongside this work, I deliver a 9 month gardening course based on organic and permaculture principles to mixed groups (Headway clients and others) in Cambridge and Peterborough.

In addition to my horticultural therapy and related work, I have a private psychotherapy practice.

Before working for Headway, I worked for many years as a professional gardener in public, private and community sector environments (one of my last ‘horticulture’ jobs was Operations Manager for the grounds maintenance teams for Cambridge City Council).

I have also worked as a Community Engagement Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council, working on recycling campaigns and large scale waste management planning applications (new recycling centres and waste treatment plants). In addition to my role of facilitating community engagement to shape service delivery, I was also part of a management team with responsibility for overseeing a large Waste PFI contract.

I live and work on a 117 acre organic farm just north of Cambridge where we also (from time to time depending on workload!) run courses on permaculture and sustainable living (compost loos, beekeeping) as part of our Cambridge Sustainability Centre project. We have a small herd of heritage cattle, apple orchards, woodland and a mixture of arable and permanent pasture.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:
The Green Backyard seems to encompass many of the principles that are important to me (access to green space for all, user led design) and it is a project that I would like to support in whatever way I can.

I have also had an opportunity to work more closely with various members of the team at GBY and have really enjoyed the experience. There is an ethos here, including a can-do attitude, which marries up with my preferred way of working.

I feel that I have some relevant experience and skills that will hopefully benefit the board and the project (see above).

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
I am passionate about helping to make projects like GBY as accessible as possible and to help them thrive in an increasingly uncertain environment.

I enjoy working as part of a committed team and feel that I can bring some problem solving skills to bear on the kinds of difficulties that GBY is faced with.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:
I have worked as part of a management team at Cambridgeshire County Council, and currently at Headway, where we have had to manage some extremely complex and challenging projects (a Waste PFI contract at CCC and an upcoming relocation and redesign of our services at Headway in response to an ever-changing financial environment). I feel that I have had some experience of complexity and change which might be helpful to GBY.

Trustee Nominee: Jen Orrell

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I grew up in Peterborough and have been working in the city since finishing my undergraduate degree in 2013. My work has covered the public and charity sectors and has predominantly been related to the environment and sustainability. I have a real interest in people and places and so have spent a lot of time exploring both locally and further afield. In my spare time I like to get outside as much as possible; you will often find me playing sport or walking along the river. I am the kind of person who thrives off a challenge and likes to get stuff done.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:
I have worked, volunteered, fundraised and visited the Green Backyard, and so it is a place close to my heart. I strongly believe in its aims and have seen first hand the benefits it can provide. I think green spaces like GBY are so vital, especially in growing cities like ours. I therefore would love to be able to steer its direction and help protect it for the future.

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
Aside from personally believing in the charity and its aims, my approach is very holistic and I enjoy looking at the bigger picture. I will ask questions and challenge where necessary. I work well as part of a team and can bring to the table key skills in project management, community engagement, fundraising, marketing and leadership.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:
I have experience working in the charity sector and have helped set up another charity locally (WestRaven Big Local), and so understand how charities are run. I have worked in the environmental field for the last 4-5 years and also hold a Masters in Sustainability, meaning I have relevant knowledge of the sector this charity works within. During my professional career I have gained experience in decision making at a strategic level, from deciding the future direction of a project or how processes within a charity can work. For the last 2 years I have been the Treasurer of the group GeoPeterborough.

Trustee Nominee: Vanessa Pool

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a keen gardener. I have lived in Peterborough for 45 years and work part-time on a self-employed basis providing clinical supervision to counsellors and others supporting adults, families, children and young people. I have other political and community engagement in the area and belong to campaigning organisations such as Amnesty International, the Peace campaign, CND and Stop the War.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:
I love The Green Backyard and what it stands for. I love what we have been able to do so far and would like to be part of it going forward. I have always been interested in and share the values of the GBY, initially attending events and joining in activities where I could and more recently as a trustee. It represents many of the ideas and values I was brought up with especially in terms of the environment.

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
Originally trained in Business Studies & Languages, I have come to realise that my skills are in being a good communicator. Most of my working life I have worked for organisations whose job is to empower people, from the Careers Service in the statutory sector to supervising and supporting workers including counsellors in the not-for- profit and independent sector. I have always been interested not just in doing my job but in supporting others to realise their potential and get involved.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:
I have a lifetime of experience of being on Boards local and national, but also work hard not to be a ‘committee’ person. Currently, I am Chair of one other committee not connected with the GBY and attend two others for one of which I am a trustee. I have had some training on the role of a trustee.

Trustee Nominee: Lisa Roberts

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 37 years old and have been a resident in Peterborough for over 30 years. I have a wide range of skills in culture, leisure, communities, transformation, and business planning.

I am passionate about making a difference to the city and to making it the best it can be.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:
As part of the lease agreement, two trustees will represent Peterborough City Council’s partnership with The Green Backyard. The two representatives have been nominated by the council as they have a good working relationship and share the values and outcomes of The Green Backyard.

I have been nominated by the council as I have worked closely with the Green backyard for over a year.

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
I have worked with the Green backyard for over a year and support you through your business planning process to secure a 12 year lease. I will be a link for you with the city council.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:
With 15 years experience and a background working in local government, the private and charity sectors across a range of disciplines, I bring a strong business mind to any transformation change agenda and have an excellent track record of delivery with the skills of an experience strategic manager with a significant track record of delivering complex programmes, projects and events at National and European levels, working in and across cultural, leisure and commercial services.

My experience is further enhanced by skills in transformation change programmes, stakeholder engagement, performance management, strategic business planning and policy development, community development and solution-focused delivery.

Trustee Nominee: James Tovey

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
46 year old male born in Bristol, Avon. Lived in Peterborough since 1987. Current occupation is in the construction industry specialising in carpentry timberwork, with additional interests in the Arts. Previous work experience includes the finishing, maritime sector and municipal landscape gardening and a significant period of time in the publishing sector.

I have been contributing to Peterborough festivals in recent years including the Arts, Heritage and Green Festivals.

In 2016 I began getting more involved in the community gardens after it was suggested to do an art project build at the Green Backyard which culminated in a ‘Sun Henge’ construction. 2017 saw the Westraven Community Garden artwork project get underway.

I am a committee member of PAOS, a member of the Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings and a member of British Marine.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:

I would like to help further the arts aspects of the community gardens, continue expanding on the connection of this to a wider socio-geographic placement and see an increase in opportunities to Peterborough artists, with an emphasis on environmental and nature-related projects.

There is much to be done in this way of integration and I aim to try and help with funding bids to this end as well as helping with the policy formation

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:

A community-team minded individual who has also a long experience in running a business, dealing with clients from private individuals to commercial and public organisations. More recently I have gained more experience of putting together successful funding applications.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:

  • MSc Wetland Archaeological Science and Management
  • BA Hons Archaeology
  • City and Guilds L3 Boatbuilding Maintenance and Support, Health and Safety
  • Foundation Studies Fine Art
  • Committee Member PAOS
  • Member British Marine
  • Member Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
  • Lead Artist Westraven project 2017
  • Lead Artist Future Floodlands 2016
  • Involvement in arts projects 2018 Olive Branch Community Garden and Westraven Community Garden
  • Holder of PL and EL Insurances

Trustee Nominee: Irene Walsh

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
Born in the UK, and having lived and worked overseas, I bring a substantial amount of professional experience to my role. I have worked as a teacher of ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and in a senior role in a venture capital company.

I returned to the UK in 2004 in order to support my elderly mother as her carer.

In 2006 I was elected to Peterborough City Council.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:
As part of the lease agreement, two trustees will represent Peterborough City Council’s partnership with the Green Backyard. The two representatives that have been nominated by the Council have a good working relationship with, and share the values and vision of the Green Backyard and its potential to achieve substantial positive social outcomes.

I have been nominated by the Council as I am familiar with the Green Backyard and its purpose falls within my Cabinet remit.

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
I have worked with the Green Backyard for over a year and have supported it through its business planning process to secure a 12-year lease. I will be a link with Peterborough City Council.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:
In 2006 I was elected to Peterborough City Council and have served on a number of committees. In May 2009 I was elected Mayor of the City and in the subsequent year joined the Cabinet, with a wide portfolio brief. I chaired the New War Memorial Committee and was a founding member of Inspire Peterborough, an organisation working to increase sporting and leisure activities for the disabled. I currently hold the Cabinet portfolio for Communities.

Trustee Nominee: Alun Williams

Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 56 years old, have been married to Melanie for five and a half years, and a graduate in mathematics. I have a keen interest in sustainable living and in building community. I am a churchwarden at St John the Baptist Peterborough, where I am also programme manager for the St John’s CIC. As such I am responsible for programming most of the talks and concerts there and work closely with the organisers and promoters of other events that take place in the church. I am also active in the Peterborough Eco-Faith Network, Peterborough In Transition, and the Holocaust Memorial Day planning committee. I have been closely involved with The Green Backyard for seven years, both as a volunteer and a trustee.

I enjoy gardening, cooking, the natural world, and cosy pubs. I have over thirty years of experience in IT, and have a fair amount of technical knowledge of things like HTML, CSS, WordPress, and MailChimp. I administer a number of websites and Facebook pages.

Please tell us why you would like to join our board of trustees:

I believe the GBY board of trustees needs people who have shown long-term commitment to The Green Backyard, and who are prepared not just to attend trustee meetings but to offer their time and skills to get vital work done when needed.

Somewhat to my surprise I have enjoyed the challenge of taking over as Treasurer, and after a period when there have been four changes of Treasurer in little more than two years I believe a period of continuity is needed as The Green Backyard seeks to grow its capacity and implement its business plan, and so I wish to continue in this role for the next twelve months.

Please tell us why you think you are suited to being a trustee:
I am hard-working, diligent, and mostly even-tempered, and generally calm under fire. I am sceptical, but open to new ideas. I seek consensus and am a good listener. I pay attention to details others are sometimes inclined to ignore.

Please tell us about any experience you have that is relevant to the role of trustee:

I have been closely involved with The Green Backyard since early 2011 both as a volunteer and a trustee. I was secretary from April 2014 – September 2017, and am the current treasurer.

As a churchwarden I am also a trustee for St John’s, and I am a director of the St John’s CIC.

As an experienced trustee I am very aware of the legal responsibilities entrusted to trustees. I pay particular attention to issues of organisational health and am a good listener.