Lee Cary, Chairman, and Hazel Teale, Deputy Chair, attended the National AGM at Kensington Town Hall on 18 May to represent our Society.

The morning started with a very lively presentation – a lecture by NADFAS-accredited Lecturer Mary Alexander who presented ‘An Intoxicating Cocktail’ “examining the way in which Paris was the hub of cutting-edge experiments in the visual and performing arts between the wars”. Mary was accompanied by live music from Alex Bishop and his quintet The Hot Club of London who played pieces by Django Reinhardt. Mary was dressed in a stunning authentic cocktail dress from the period, which added even more to the atmosphere, as did the realistic-looking cocktail on a reproduction table.

After a brief resumé on training by Wendy Keeble, retiring National Trainer, and presentation of the Marsh Awards for Volunteering, the meeting broke up for lunch.

In the afternoon the formal AGM took place: the staging of this event was much less formal than in previous years, with the principals seated in armchairs on stage, instead of behind a formal table. Florian Schweizer, our Chief Executive spoke inspiringly about plans for the future, a possible change in branding, and how the profile of NADFAS will be raised over the coming years.

Shaun Pitt, our National Treasurer, presented the accounts with his usual accurate and occasionally humorous style, with only a couple of questions from the floor. This was followed by a general question and answer session, chaired by June Robinson, our National Chairman. Questions centred on our future developments, lecturer assessment forms and one further question on finance.

The meeting closed with a stimulating address by our NADFAS President, Lloyd Grossman.

Please visit the NADFAS National website for further information, or talk to Lee or Hazel about what we learned from the day.