16th Nov 2016
Our Annunal General Meeting was held on 14th November 2016. Amongst other items on the agenda were the re-election of council members (listed below), and the presentation of Honorary Membership to Mr Robin Bligh.
The President, Sir David Wallace said:
"Robin Bligh has been on the Council of CSAR for probably more than thirty years – our archive isn’t complete enough for us to be definitive! He was initially ‘Corporate Secretary’ and latterly Honorary Treasurer. As well as producing annual accounts, he was successful in registering the society as a charity with the Charity Commission and subsequently for keeping us in its good books. As a result, to date almost £6000 has been recovered from HMRC through reclaiming Gift Aid on donations. He retired in 2015, with CSAR finances in their best state ever.
In his wider contributions as a member of Council, he was always thoughtful, a source of invaluable wisdom and completely committed to the well-being of the Society. It gives me the greatest of pleasure on behalf of Cambridge Society for the Application of Research to admit Robin Bligh as an Honorary Member."
2016 Elected members of CSAR Council
Sir David Wallace CBE FRS FREng President
Dr Valerie Anderson Vice-President
Dr Camilla Benfield Secretary to Council
Dr Eddie Powell Honorary Treasurer
Andrew Shepherd Programme Secretary
John Grieve Visits Secretary
Jane Baker Outreach and Awards Secretary
Barry Thompson Membership Secretary
Professor David Adamson
Dr Ilesh Bidd
Dr Robin Catchpole
Professor Lawrence Sherman
Dr Paul Coxon
Professor Xiang Zhang
Alex Bates, representative of BlueSci (ex-officio, in attendance)
VACANCY representative of UoC Science & Ideas Festivals (ex-officio,in attendance)