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EGM2013

Extraordinary General Meeting at Oxford on Saturday 2 November 2013

A short Extraordinary General Meeting of the Railway Development Society Ltd, was held on Saturday 2 November 2013 in Oxford (at the autumn conference).

The purpose of the EGM was to approve changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Association to allow for electronic communication, electronic ballots and consequent changes.

The special resolution concerned only documents that Railfuture was legally obliged to send to its members (e.g. the annual accounts and AGM notice) – distribution of Railwatch, branch newsletters, and other literature was not included.

There is no intention of discontinuing paper-based communications or ballots, and paper-based communications and ballots will remain the default. Members are now able choose if they so wish, to ‘opt in’ to receiving electronic communications and to participate in electronic ballots.
 
It is the view of the Board that using paper-based ballots, with consequent cost of postage, etc., can act as a disincentive to some members to participate in the democratic process. Thus, offering a choice will broaden the level of participation in society affairs.

Printed copies of the EGM Agenda and the wording of the Special Resolution were sent to all eligible members with their copy of Railwatch.

Electronic copies of the EGM Agenda with Special Resolution, Existing Memorandum and Articles of Association and Draft (revised) Memorandum and Articles of Association are available for download from the links below:


The outcome of the vote on the amendments to Memorandum and Articles of Association were as follows:
  • For the motion: 243 (incl 138 by proxy)
  • Against the motion: 5 (incl 4 by proxy)
  • Abstentions: 2
Further Questions

Please send any questions about the changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Association to: egm2013@railfuture.org.uk 

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