The Odyssians AGM will take place on 10th August at Woodlarks Campsite. This year there have been 7 applicants for Trustee roles, and the Trustees for 2016/2017 have put all names forward for a block vote for all members (as per the detail on this page). To help inform your votes, all prospective Trustees have been asked to put together a short manifesto outlining why they want to be a Trustee and what they will bring to the role. The manifestos are included below, including the specific role that has been applied for.
I’ve been Chair of Odyssians for the past year and have been working on improving the way we organise camp each year. My aim is to continue to make Odyssians even more accessible to everyone, both during camp as well as throughout the planning. I want to make Odyssians even more transparent so that everyone can see the decisions made by the trustees and how we are working together to make Odyssians better for all.
I’ve been Secretary of Odyssians for the last year, and I would like to continue in this role for another year. I’ve been working on things like our website and application form, as well as some behind-the-scenes work on improving our membership database and adding to our technology stack. Next year, I would like to work to take this further, and to make management of Odyssians as easy and accessible as possible.
I have been acting as the Assistant Treasurer for Odyssians for two years now and would like to continue to help in this role. At the moment, my main job has involved management of the committee’s expenses and our Gift Aid claims. In the future, I hope to take on more responsibilities with regard to our finances and to help produce regular, informative reports about how we spend Odyssians’ money.
I have been a trustee of and the treasurer for Odyssians since 1999. In that time, I have ensured our bank accounts are maintained and have made them visible and transparent to the membership at each AGM. I also have responsibility for the petty cash during the camp week itself, as well as any monies our campers need looking after. I feel the time has come for me to resign my post as treasurer and allow someone else to take up the reins. However, I would like to remain a trustee and have a hand in planning the camps to come, as well as providing any assistance the new treasuer would like.
I have been involved in Odyssians since 2002 and attended 13 camps. I have been in the kitchen almost every year, looking after the varying dietary needs of all attendees. I have also been the management committee since its inception in 2003/2004. I was instrumental in developing a risk management and risk assessment for Odyssians, and in 2015, gaining the registered charity status. My areas of expertise are governance, risk and legal issues, and as such, I would like to continue as a trustee of Odyssians in 2017-2018.
I’ve been a trustee since Odyssians became a charity, and I’ve enjoyed being part of the team to help Odyssians grow and be more adventurous. I’d love the opportunity to continue this process, and to help new trustees get started and become part of the team!
I’ve been attending Woodlarks all my life, for camps and working parties, and would appreciate the opportunity to be able to take part in not only the annual planning of camp, which I have been doing for the past 4 years, but also the development of Odyssians as a charity.