Team AGM 2005

Held for the second time in our new Ladybridge Hall premises, with the large team turnout of 42 team members present, the AGM followed its usual format. Reports were presented by our Chairman, Tony McNally, and our Team Leader, Garry Rhodes, highlighting the many developments and issues that have occured over the teams last year. A very comprehensive report on the teams finances was then presented by our Treasurer, Mark Scott. Highlights in our finances this year included a whopping £11,000 of donations to the team. This amount was easliy offset by the purchase of the team’s replacement operational clothing, at a cost of £10,000 in January, as well as the continuing renovations to our Ladybridge Hall base, including the completion of a toilet block. The total cost of the base came to around £23,000.

The annual open voting elections then took place for our 12 Team Council positions, the full list of which can be viewed in our membership area, on this website. Outgoing team Council members were Claire Morrissey and Craig Lamb, both having given sterling service as Secretary and Training Officer, respectively. Our Team Leader, Garry Rhodes, was elected into his 17th consecutive year of office, in this very demanding post, ably supported by Geoff Seddon, our Deputy Leader, elected once more into the post he has held continuously since September 1992. (he was our Team Leader in the 1970’s, and is an ex Team Chairman). Tony McNally, was elected yet again, as our Chairman, the post he has held with tact, diplomacy and statesmanship, since September 1992.

New Team council members include Fred Taylor, who takes up the role of Training Officer. Fred has previous training experience from his days as a commercial sea diver & diver instructor (considerable experience within the North Sea and Helicopters) and brings a wealth of information, particularly concerning water rescue, to the team. Also elected to council was Peter McKale (a GMAS Technician Paramedic in his full-time job), to the post of Secretary.