Annual General Meeting 2020

Annual General Meeting 2020

The 59th Annual General Meeting of Dorset Wildlife Trust
Monday 7 December 2020 at 11am

Sandwich Tern islands on Brownsea Island by Paul Williams 

Join us online

The safety of our members, staff and trustees is very important to us, so in light of the current Covid-19 restrictions we will be holding our AGM virtually for the first time on Monday 7 December 2020. The recently enacted Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 allows us to hold the AGM online as a pragmatic means of fulfilling our governance responsibilities in a transparent way whilst following social distancing rules.

We invite our members to join us online for our AGM. This is your opportunity to hear about what your support has achieved in the last year, our plans for the future and to ask questions of our staff and trustees.

Booking your place at the AGM

The AGM is free for members to attend. Members are required to register in advance for the AGM on Eventbrite. Please note that registrations for this event have now closed. 

Please note Dorset Wildlife Trust's AGM is open to members only. Registrations have now closed. Those who have registered to attend will receive an email link in advance, to use to join the AGM via Zoom.  These are unique links and should not be shared with other individuals. 


Monday 7 December 2020 at 11am

10.40am Zoom meeting opens

10.55am Registration closes 

11.00am AGM starts

12.00pm ‘Review of the year’ by Jo Davies, Chair of Trustees. 

12.15pm ‘2021 and beyond’ by Brian Bleese, CEO.

12.45pm Any Other Business

13.00pm Event closes

Further information


From 9 November 2020, members may submit written questions about items on the agenda to be addressed at the meeting. Questions should be emailed to no later than 30 November 2020.  The email must include the member’s name and membership number.


Proxy voting will be in place for those members unable to attend the meeting. When a resolution is put to the meeting two members will be asked to type in the chat function 'Proposer' and 'Seconder', respectively. Members can then cast their vote simply by taking part in the online poll.  The poll will be saved for transparency and used with the proxy forms to keep an accurate record of the results recorded in the minutes. 

Details of how to vote by proxy are given in the formal AGM documents below and the forms must be received by the Trust no later than 11am on 3rd December 2020.


There will not be a live broadcast of the meeting other than via the Zoom platform.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a video conferencing website that you can use to attend our AGM from your computer, tablet or smartphone in the comfort of your own home. If you do not have access to a computer you can also dial in to hear the AGM from a landline.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or need any support to be able to take part in our virtual AGM. We will do our best to ensure that everyone who wants to take part is able to do so. Please email us at

Should you feel excluded because you cannot access the technology please direct any questions or comments to the Trustees via our Company Secretary, Sue Patterson by emailing or calling 01305 217951.

Joining the AGM on the Day

Please join using the link provided during the registration process, or dial in if you are unable to use video calling. We would prefer you to join by video link if possible as using the internet-based function allows everyone to be part of the voting process.

Please join the meeting from 10.40am. When you arrive you will be held in a waiting room; to avoid interrupting the meeting once it has started members will not be accepted from the waiting room after 10.55am.  The AGM will commence at 11.00am prompt.

The Trustees standing for election

Anne Wheatcroft

Anne Wheatcroft 

Anne became a Trustee in 2003 when she retired to Dorset. She trained as a statistician and spent the first part of her career in the Government Statistical Service, finally as the Chief Statistician responsible for the unemployment figures. She then moved into finance and management roles in DE, was Director of Personnel at HSE between 1994-1998 and then, until her retirement, Director of Business Services on the Board of the Valuation Office Agency. Anne became interested in wildlife through visiting wild places particularly the Arctic. Her primary interest is in birds but she aspires to be a competent all-round naturalist. She travels widely in search of wildlife in this country and abroad.  Anne currently chairs the Finance Committee and sits on the Conservation Committee. She is also chair of the DWT West Dorset Local Area Group.

Giles Pugh

Giles Pugh 

Giles qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1992 and has over 20 years’ experience of working at Finance Director level in the charitable, education and health sectors. He has, within these roles, been the Chair of a number of specialist finance member bodies and is currently both the Deputy Director of Education/Finance Director of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education and a trustee and Chair of the audit committee of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust. He has a keen interest in nature and conservation and has been a member of DWT since moving to Dorset with his wife and 2 daughters 18 years ago. He was appointed as a trustee for DWT in 2017 and Chairs the Risk and Audit Committee as well as serving on the Finance Committee.

Richard Cole

Roger Cole 

Roger is a commercial solicitor for a local law firm dealing with all aspects of corporate and commercial legal advice for clients. Roger studied History for his undergraduate degree at the University of Reading. He later went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law in Bristol and the Legal Practice Course in Guildford before qualifying as a solicitor. Roger has always lived in Dorset (save for his time at university) and has a passion for the County, its community and its wildlife. He enjoys spending time on long walks in Dorset’s beautiful countryside making the most of time away from the office. He considers himself an amateur ‘birder’ and he is always aiming to improve his knowledge!

Nigel Webb

Nigel Webb 

Appointed to the staff of the Nature Conservancy’s Furzebrook Research Station in Dorset in 1967 and retired as Deputy Director in 2002. Known internationally as an authority on the ecology and conservation of European heathlands and the soil ecology of high Arctic tundra. He has written or edited seven books, including the New Naturalist volume entitled Heathlands. He has held honorary professorships at the Universities of Liverpool and Bournemouth. Nigel has served on the Council of the Royal Society of Biology and the British Ecological Society and was Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology. He joined the DWT in 1970 and has served as Chairman of the Conservation Panel, Vice Chairman of the Council (1998-2010) and Chairman (2010-2018).