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Board Meetings

Board Meeting September 2011

Minutes of Assynt Foundation Board Meeting
5 p.m. 8th September 2011
Glencanisp Office, Lochinver

Present:
Mark Lazzeri (Development Officer), Patricia Robertson (Chair), Jacqui Yates, Andy Summers, Stephen Smith, Helen Steven, Bill Badger
Russell Robertson (Assynt.Biz Chair), Adam Pellant, Jane Tulloch.
In attendance: Alex Dickson
1. Apologies: Fergus Stewart, Director
Meeting began 5.10 p.m.
It was noted that due to unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to deviate from the agenda and ask non-board members to allow some items to be discussed ‘in-camera.’
2. Declaration of interests: None
3. July Minutes: Proposed – Stephen, Seconded – Pat. Minutes approved.
4. Matters Arising:
Directors training: Pamela Redpath will be attending once again on 28 September as a follow-on workshop. For those unable to attend during the day, there will be a further session in Kinlochbervie that evening.
Affordable housing: nothing to report.
Log building: Ongoing. Meeting with Cormac Seekings on 7th October.
Estate Plan: ongoing
CALL project: Viv Halcrow to come and meet with staff and directors in due course.
Car parking: Neil Gerrard suggests we push ahead with plans for car park extension for walkers/fishing, with possible HIE assistance.
Noticeboards: ongoing
Listening Posts: Prototype made by Bill Brown (GSA). Stories and recordings to be done, hopefully to be up and running in October. Action: Helen to contact potential storytellers.
Woodchip: Awaiting update from Kylestrome, when they start harvesting. We have 20 ‘dumpy bags’ but require 50. Trailer also required, but this is in hand. Stephen is locating trailer, and confirms the Sporting Sub Group have £1500 credit with supplier. We may need to provide around £1,000.
Walled Garden: Jenny Robertson has now been paid for her shed. The SoLoCo crowdfunding project is up and running. New shed has been ordered, expected delivery end October.
5. Staffing Matters
Mark Lazzeri, Development Manager, has forwarded his resignation to Directors to take up a land management post in North Harris. Chairperson, Pat Robertson, extended her thanks, and that of the directors, for all Mark’s hard work over the last four years. Ronnie Buchan is also leaving as Stalker. Whilst agreed these departures are very sad, this may be used as an opportunity to look at the staffing issues as a whole, and potential options available, with the support of Neil Gerrard. Assynt Foundation wishes both Mark and Ronnie well, and a leaving party will be organised in due course.
Action: remaining staff to compile report on current activities, and potential activities able to take on.
At this point, staff and Alec Dickson were asked to leave the meeting, and directors held the remainder ‘in camera.’
Agenda items not discussed will be carried over to October’s board meeting.

Date of next meeting: 20th October 2011.
Public meeting ended 6.15pm.