Tim Barford was today elected as a Trustee for the Vegan Society.
He stood for election to the Council during the recent voting process, and the result were announced at the Vegan Society 2015 AGM in Birmingham.
Tim joins the council along with 13 others to form a full council for the first time for a while.
Council members (trustees) are elected, unpaid and responsible for a number of issues surrounding the charity.
Tim said ‘It’s a real honour and a privilege to be elected as a Trustee for the Vegan Society. It’s a demanding and responsible role, and one that I wouldn’t have considered myself ready to fulfil until recently. My role is not to change the VS but to protect what is already there from unnecessary change and upheaval. In particular, I am very keen to see the really excellent team of staff members currently in place at the VS continue their really outstanding work. For some years the VS had a high turnover of staff but in recent years we have seen a new stability and confidence amongst the staff at the VS. That is something I very much wish to see continue.’’
‘’Of course there are always ways to do things differently,’ added Tim, ‘but right now stability is the key factor. I hope to see the team grow in effectiveness, confidence and experience and to see extra resources available for more vegan outreach and education. Of course there are always criticisms of the current setup – and I look forward to eloquent, articulate and respectful suggestions for improving the incredibly valuable work that the VS is already doing.’
Tim also wanted to reassure other charities and groups especially those that come to Vegfest that his support remains intact for them. ‘The likes of Viva!, Animal Aid, Teen VGN, Vegan Bodybuilding and others enjoy close support from Vegfest and that won’t be changing. In fact, it’s the opposite, Vegfest will continue to help vegan charities campaigners and events as best we can, and have plans to increase this support in the years to come. Being a Trustee of The Vegan Society will not alter my deep love respect and support for other vegan campaign groups, and especially for Viva! and Animal Aid.’
Tim takes up his position with immediate effect, and is already looking forward to his first full council meeting with the other member of the council in July.
Tim expressed his thanks to everyone who voted for him , and especially to Karin Ridgers from VeggieVision, who proposed his election, and to vegan footballer Neil Robinson for seconding the proposal.
For more information about the Vegan Society see www.vegansociety.com
from Vegfest UK