The Mammal Society’s Annual General Meeting 2023
This year’s AGM officially took place on 18th June 2023, however some business was postponed to be dealt with in an Extraordinary General Meeting on the eve of the Mammal Society Annual Conference. For more information about the conference, click here.
You may already be joining us in Nottingham for the Conference, or just for the Friday Night Lecture by Dr Steph Wray – The Future of Nature Conservation. The lecture is open to all and is free even for those who have not bought tickets to the conference itself. It will also be streaming online – see below for registration details.
If you are joining us in person please note that we’ll be providing pizza and soft drinks from 5pm at no cost, and after the lecture the Brack bar will be open.
Extraordinary General Meeting
Friday 4th August, 6pm
Nottingham Trent University Brackenhurst Campus, and online (Zoom)
Agenda and papers
Chaired by President: Penny Lewns
- Opening of EGM
- Proposed Special Amendment to Articles of Association (to allow Council members to extend their term beyond the stipulated maximum)
- Election of Officers of Council
- Election of Ordinary Members of Council
- Close of AGM
- The Mammal Society AGM 2022 – draft minutes
- Trustee report and accounts, still subject to Independent Examination
- Biographies of proposed new Council Members and Officers (see below)
- Proposed change of Articles of Association
Proposed new Council Members and Officers
Tony Parker (Secretary)
I have recently retired after serving over 35 years as Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at World Museum, Liverpool. My main duties involved curation and documentation of the museums large collection of taxidermy and spirit preserved specimens as well as maintaining the archive of biological records and contributing to the public events programme.
I am currently county mammal recorder for NW England (Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester), in this capacity I verify records from iRecord for this region along with mammal data held by local environmental records centres.
I was a founder member of the Cheshire and Lancashire Mammal Groups and contributed to the mammal atlas produced for each county. I have run a variety of training workshops, bat walks and small mammal trapping sessions on behalf of the museum, local wildlife trusts, Chester Zoo, Knowsley Safari Park and at various bioblitzes. I have recently become chair of the Merseyside and West Lancashire Bat Group which has several ongoing surveys in the north Merseyside area. I have been a member of the society for over 25 and have recently joined the Training and Events Committee.
Ferozah Mahmood (Ordinary Member)
I am a recent masters gradate from Imperial College in MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation following the completion of my undergraduate degree in BSc Biology at Royal Holloway. I currently work as a Wild Isles Officer at WWF and my role encompasses working on a large-scale nature campaign as well as in education. I’m confident I will be a great addition to the society as I will be able to provide valuable insight on the student experience, helping the society engage more with students and postgraduates. I also have direct conservation experience and a strong passion for science, with a strong interest in mammals. Being a trustee is a commitment I really look forward to as it’s a rewarding way I can give additional volunteer time. I know I have the drive and passion to excel in the role, bringing new energy into the society.
Merryl Gelling (Ordinary Member)
Merryl has worked with British mammals for over 20 years, mainly due to a quirk of fate in being unable to decide what to do when she grows up. A career of working in mud and poo has quite literally stuck, and resulted in a DPhil on water voles from Oxford University. More recently she founded Spires Ecology, focusing on providing advice on protected British Mammal species and so has a strong background in most things furry and British! Merryl has previous history on Council with the Mammal Society, having done a stint as Honorary Secretary ending in 2022, as well as being a general member prior to that. She has continued to be a trainer for courses on water voles, and still sits on the Training Committee, and is looking forward to returning to Council should she be elected.
Mammal Society Friday Night Lecture 2023
The Future of Nature Conservation | By Dr Steph Wray, Chair, Mammal Society
6.30pm, 4th August 2023 | Free for all
Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University