Isla Whitcroft is officially the latest recruit to the MJA Executive Committee after being unanimously voted in at the recent AGM. Isla is a seasoned journalist who has been a staffer on Fleet Street, set up a magazine in Australia, written children’s books, written for a wide range of nationals as a freelancer and now also advises charities and patient groups on communications and media strategy.
She has also devoloped a Thriller Writing Workshop for Young Adults which she takes into schools and libraries — and is bursting with ideas to encourage and support young writers who are interested in focusing on health and medical journalism. Get to know more about Isla with this introductory Q&A.
Although it was a lively and enjoyable evening, as you will already have seen, despite the inducement of M&S vouchers, we did not have enough full members present to meet the quorum requirements. The Chair and EC proposed that we proceeded with the agenda and offer members the opportunity to comment within ten days if they have any concerns.
As Lawrence explained: “For the MJA to try to organise a second AGM and obtain a quorum would be a waste of MJA funds and unfair to those who attended in good faith and considered the items on the Agenda on behalf of all members.”
Minutes of the accounts were approved and the accounts accepted. Aas is usual practice and were placed on the MJA website in advance of the AGM for all members and can be viewed here. A vote of thanks was also given to our honorary auditors, Jenny Bryan and Olivia Timbs, who were appointed for another year.
The following individuals were elected onto the EC — Danny Buckland, Nicola Hill, John Illman, Lawrence McGinty, Sarah Nuttall, Jill Palmer, Jane Symons, Deanna Wilson, Caroline White, Lucy Elkins, Thea Jourdan, Dawn Connelly, Lilian Anekwe, Nigel Praities, Isla Whitcroft. And the EC voted for all office holders to continue in post.
As there were no other matters to discuss, we then adjourned to catch up with colleagues over drinks and supper.