We’re pleased to announce that this week’s ACoRP AGM and board meeting resulted in some key decisions, which we think will help to further strengthen our organisation, and help it to more powerfully advocate for and support community rail. Thanks to everyone who attended, voted and fed in their views.
- The AGM passed a motion for eligibility to stand for our board, and voting rights at AGMs, to be extended across all our members, including station adopters. The change will come into effect for next year’s AGM, which may be held slightly earlier in the year (tbc). More background on this is available here. We will carry out communications well in advance to promote the opportunity, explaining the responsibilities and roles of board members, and what’s expected, to give anyone who wants to stand the chance to do so. You can also see the information we issued for this year’s AGM on standing for the board here.
Two new board members were elected: Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain (Community Rail Lancashire) and Neville Jephcote (Marston Vale CRP), bringing skills and knowledge in inclusion and diversity and integrated sustainable transport. Richard Burningham and Tim Sparrow were re-elected. See all 11 board members. We extend our thanks to two long-serving, incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable board members who stepped down: Richard Watts and David Edwards. Also please note that the board agreed to hold back a place on the board for co-opting someone possibly from outside our membership, to bring in broader skills and perspectives.
- The board agreed unanimously to proceed with a brand review. This has been being considered for some time, after members showed enthusiasm for the idea. After some groundwork laid by the team considering the pros and cons, we appointed a brand and marketing agency to review ACoRP’s profile and image. They consulted a range of members, partners and the team, and reported back to the board a strong case for reworking our brand, including a new name and look for the organisation. The board therefore decided to move forward with this, and we have an outline timetable. This entails much of the work to develop the brand taking place December-January, a preview at the Community Rail Conference in March, and a new brand going live in April. Look out for updates in Community Rail News and on social media over the next couple of months – we’re keen to ensure we’re creating a brand that is representative of the value and richness of community rail, and stands us in great stead to raise community rail’s profile.
From now on, we will also be including these joint updates in Community Rail News quarterly, from the Chair and Chief Executive of ACoRP, to make sure you’re fully in the loop with our plans, progress and ideas.
If you have any queries about any of the above, please talk directly to your main ACoRP contact, or drop our comms & marketing manager Nik a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.