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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 2nd Annual General Meeting of The Green Backyard will be held on Thursday 8 October 2015 at 18:00 in the main hall at Belsize Community Centre, Celta Road, Peterborough, PE2 9JA.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. To receive the Board’s Report and Accounts for the period 29 January 2014 to 30 September 2014 – You can download a copy here
  3. To elect members of the Board

Explanatory notes on the agenda

Item 3:Standing for trustee election:

Trustee Nominee: Peter Slinger

Peter is a chartered architect with a long career and successful career which has included several director roles and chairing the Royal Institute of British Architects Huntingdon and Peterborough Chapter.  His focus is ecclesiastical and conservation work, and he recently designed and project managed the war memorial in front of Peterborough Town Hall.
He has been in a stable relationship with his civil partner since 1983 when they both left university.
His professional and academic background enable him to speak with authority on matters of planning legislation, land and property law, contract law and administration, common law and tort, architecture, commercial development, culture, art, the environment and urban regeneration.

Trustee nominee: Paul Hetherington

Paul is currently Fundraising and Communications Director for conservation charity Buglife.  He has over 16 years experience working in the charity sector, and 5 years working in politics in the UK and Europe.
He has high-level management experience working in a range of charity sizes, from Save The Children to start-up charity Spinal Trust.  His detailed knowledge includes fundraising, communications, politics and governance from local and right up to EU level. Paul is committed to the ideals of The Green Backyard.

 Trustee nominee: Mark Richards

He trained as a painter and has a BA Fine Art degree from KIAD. He exhibited widely during the 1990’s alongside an extensive teaching career, before making the shift to arts management, working for various arts organisations and local authorities.  Before joining Metal, Mark was Senior Relationships Manager for Arts Council England, responsible for Corporate Planning regionally.
Over the 25 years of his career to date, working across a range of contexts, Mark has developed a strong set of skills including: strategic thinking and planning, creative thinking and problem solving, financial and project management, marketing, communications, and management (including volunteers).
Mark is currently director of Metal (Peterborough), a national arts organisation established to work with artists and communities to explore the role of the arts in society and civic life. Metal and The Green Backyard have collaborated on several successful projects, including the award winning garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.