AGM and new Trustees
Michelle Ryan, Alan Simson and Keith Sacre were re-elected. We also welcomed three new elected Trustees: Neil Davies (Consultancy Manager at TR33 LIMITED), Stella Bolam (Community Forestry Project Officer at Sheffield City Council) and Rob Murison (Principal Consultant at Mercer Tree Services), all of whom will bring new skillsets and fresh perspectives to the board. They join our existing elected Trustees, Alastair Durkin, Paul Barton and Steve Westmore, and our three co-opted Trustees, Andrew Longland (Treasurer), Liz Nicholls and Sarah Armstrong. Andrew, Liz and Sarah were formally co-opted during the Board meeting which took place after the AGM, which also saw Michelle Ryan re-elected as Chair of the Association and Paul Barton elected as Vice Chair.
Thank you to all members who took the time to stand for nomination and also those that took part in the Trustee election process. We would also like to thank our outgoing Trustees, Mike Sankus and Navin Sehmi, who have contributed so much of their time and effort to helping deliver the Association’s aims and vision.
What is a tree? conference
Over 200 delegates enjoyed our first in-person conference since 2019. The event looked to redefine what a tree can represent, as both an ecosystem in its own right, and also as part of the wider ecosystem. To celebrate the return of in-person conference, several new features were introduced giving delegates the chance to network with others in the field and take part in panel sessions, workshops and discussions. Above all, it was a great feeling to be able to welcome back the arb community.