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By Vice Chair Organisation, Peter Bruce

Report for the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

The Executive Committee has been growing its teamworking and skills in delivery during this last year with more new Exec members taking responsibility across increasing areas with members and wider partners inside and outside the party.

Meetings have averaged almost one per month since last Sept AGM with wide-ranging actions and good support across the team. Skype is used for over one in two meetings to save costs and time. Diversity in the Committee should be built upon but there is a breadth of ideas and differences are resolved effectively with honesty in communication and trust building. My main activity has been organizing/managing meetings (during Chair's councillor election campaign), recording minutes, organizing events, conference activities, AGM and liaising on policy. Also we have set up the Councillor/public representative or candidate GLD Accreditation scheme with a Green campaigning information network that allows us to face competition from other parties better on green issues. This is growing but we need to expand this network.

Several committee members contributed exemplary work in support of GLD this last year such as Steve Bolter who reviewed content on social media for policy issues, answering queries, submitting evidence to parliamentary consultations such as on smart metering, developing Farm &Land use work and speaking at Regional conferences. Keith Melton did sterling work on representing GLD at Regional Conferences across the UK and in organizing the GLD 30year anniversary Conference at Nottingham University with a notable array of speakers, workshops and debates and over 100 attendees. George Miles has supported Christian Vassie on editing the quality Challenge Magazine and done brilliant work on Social media management and training with growing support from Kevin Daws achieving Twitter successes. Dinah Keal supported ably on Press releases/advice and Jane Bophy presented at various events and provided good networking.

It is important to grow GLD in membership numbers and influence in the Liberal Democrats and wider as we face growing existential crises with climate change, evolving mental health problems in society and an economy still based on consumption rather than local community social, welfare and development services. The opportunity to move GLD from an AO to an SAO (Specified Associated Organisation) of the Libdems with its greater policy proposal powers was investigated but it would need a change to LibDem constitution or mean becoming a society for green/Sustainability professional consultants and the like. This will be reviewed in future years.

Bournemouth 2017 and Southport 2018 conferences went well with increasing fringes, meetings and initiatives launched with good support from Parliamentarians. There were Rainforest Trust and Friends of the Earth partnerships on stand and events. At Southport we celebrated 30years of GLD and 40years of Liberal green campaigning from the original Ecology Group (Keith Melton was an early Chair now back on the committee). The event was celebrated with a talk from Vince Cable, cakes and enlivened discussion.