The 28th Annual General Meeting of the Trust took place at Parliament on 29 July following a Board meeting. For the first time Members had the option of attending online via Zoom. Peter Griffiths was the Chair for the meeting.

The Trust’s President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Trevor MallardMP, welcomed attendees and opened proceedings by saying that he appreciated this year has been anything but normal and the impact of a global pandemic crisis on our country and the business and corporate world. He continued to say that the effects of this crisis are far from over and will be ongoing for some time to come.  In these situations, membership of organisations such as the Trust may seem less relevant or financially difficult, but he encouraged members to find ways of keeping their links with the Trust. The challenges presented by COVID-19 make this connection even more important.

The President thanked members of the Trust Board as well as members of the Trustee Council for their work.

The Trust’s Chair, Peter Griffiths, noted that 2019 had been a highly successful year with the continuation of ongoing changes for improved delivery of Trust programmes and its charitable work around education. The Board was encouraged by the support it received from its corporate members and parliamentarians alike.

The Trust’s 2019 Annual Review and Performance Statement for the year ended 31 December 2019 were approved.

Gretta Stephens, current Trustee and Board member was appointed for a further term of three years. Guy Waipara, Meridian Energy was elected to the Trustee Council replacing Simon Mackenzie (Vector) whose three-year term had concluded.

Grant Thornton were appointed the Auditors for the 2020 year.