AGM bids farewell to Board Members

Posted: 23/10/2014 |

It was the final AGM for Chair, Douglas Osler, who formally stepped down after 11 years.

The recent Annual General Meeting for 2014 kicked off with a cheerful and enthusiastic version of California Dreamin' courtesy of the young people from Forward Vision and their music teacher, Karl McCrae.

Chair, Douglas Osler, mentioned that it was the first time the AGM had been held in the school which is enjoying its recently merged, newly re-developed, campus in Morningside. The refurbishment and merger came at a cost of £4.5 million but is well worth it to secure the future of the school in a modern building. 

There was an emphasis on Royal Blind being a Scottish charity, although Edinburgh based, with Braeside House highlighted as an example of that country-wide status, being the only care home in Scotland to cater solely for elderly people with visual impairments.

Financial Convener, Glen Waddell, presented the financial statements for 2013/14 which outlined a strong financial position for the charity.

Retiring Chair, Douglas Osler, with framed painting from Royal Blind School pupilsThis was the final AGM for Chair, Douglas Osler, who has now formally stepped down from the position he held for 11 years. His formidable shoes will be ably filled by Gwenn McCreath, Chief Executive of Health in Mind, who gave a very good speech highlighting Douglas’ achievements and wishing him all the best.

Gwenn also said farewell to Margaret Browning who has retired from her seven year role as a Director. Gwenn described Margaret as kind and compassionate and the type of person who represents the kind of organisation Royal Blind is. Both Douglas Osler and Margaret Browning were presented with framed paintings created by the school pupils.

A brief flurry of elections and appointments followed the presentations and the AGM closed for business. More about our current Board members can be found here.

The Royal Blind School’s Head Teacher, Elaine Brackenridge, gave a presentation on the school campus merger which staff and pupils are delighted with. Depute Head – Outreach, Sarah Hughes, spoke about the plans for expanding our outreach service and establishing an education resource centre to support teachers in mainstream schools working with pupils with a visual impairment. Find out more about the outreach service here