The NWTN held its virtual 2020 AGM via Zoom on Tuesday 9 June with 22 members in attendance.
The meeting saw NWTN stalwart Heidi Kerschl come to the end of her term as Chair, and our new Chair Laurence Bisot take her place.
We also welcomed Sarah Bowyer to the committee as Membership Secretary while the Events Team underwent a small reshuffle.
Below you can find Heidi’s farewell message to the network and details of the new committee.
Dear NWTN members,
I hope that you and your families are all healthy and coping reasonably well with the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. It was wonderful to see that we had quite a respectable attendance at yesterday’s first virtual NWTN AGM.
If you would like to find out more about what the NWTN Committee has achieved for the network in the past membership year, please download the reports on the Resource page of the NWTN website at https://nwtn.org.uk/member-resources/.
As many of you will know, this is my 30th year of membership, and in total, I have served on the NWTN Committee in various roles for 23 of those years. Now it is time for me to take a break and a less active role in the network, and give the network a chance to take a break from me. I welcome and congratulate the new NWTN Chair Laurence Bisot, who will bring both consistency and fresh energy to the network.
This is your new NWTN Committee:
Laurence Bisot Chair
Andrew Wilson Treasurer
Andrea Dewhurst Minutes Secretary
Sarah Bowyer Membership Secreatary
Kate Lo Events Team Leader
Janice Crossfield Update Editor/Academic Liaison/Events team
Kat Slater Communications Officer/Events team
Katell Sevellec Academic Liaison/Events team
Mike Hanson Walk Coordinator/Events team
I am incredibly proud and grateful for having been part of so many different NWTN teams over the years, and I could not leave the network in better hands.
This year, my special thanks go to Angela Sigee for organising the Translation for Tourism Workshop last June, to Mike Hanson who did an amazing job keeping the so far largest NWTN events team on task with frequent meetings, rapid minute taking and dogged dedication; to Laurence Bisot for not only maintaining membership data, but also organising the first joint NWTN and ITI French Network event, co-organising the unfortunately postponed 35th Anniversary Dinner, co-chairing co-working sessions and NWTN Bookchat, and generally having her fingers in many pies; to Kate Lo for making NWTN events go virtual, #NWTNBakeOff go viral, Word Wizardry happen and putting the NWTN team not only on the map but also on Microsoft Teams; to Janice Crossfield for keeping us current with the new monthly NWTN Updates, for being instrumental in the new NWTN Bookchat, for working with Katell Sevellec on the NWTN Academic Liaison Programme, for stepping in wherever needed, and having her fingers in nearly as many pies as Laurence. Further to Katell Sevellec for helping us bring the NWTN to students and students to the NWTN, and for taking NWTN events planning to the next level with Trello; to Kat Slater for making the Member Monday campaign a roaring success, and for being a total game changer for NWTN communications; as always to treasurer Andrew Wilson for keeping an eye on the money and both eyes on the ball, to member Hilary Wilson for validating the network’s accounts, and last but by no means least to Minutes Secretary Andrea Dewhurst who manages to keep not only detailed but also the most entertaining committee minutes. Thank you for reminding us about our intentions and tasks, and giving us time for a chuckle!
And to all NWTN members I would like to say:
THANK YOU for trusting me to chair this network, and I look forward to seeing you at future events.
Very best wishes,