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Chair's Report to 2018 Annual General Meeting

This is my sixth report as Chair of the Trust and as in past years I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Trustees for their ongoing support for yet another very successful year for the Trust.

Financial

The modest equities market was consistent with the last financial year, but we had a pleasant surprise when the revaluation of our assets grew our surplus for the year to $511,995 – compared to $348,433 for the previous financial year. This has grown our capital base to $6,933,525.


The Science, Technology and Emerging Industries Scholarship

This year we were thrilled to award another 19 scholarships with a total value of $109,250 to each school in our catchment area. This brings to a total of 290 scholars that have gained scholarships and the total scholarships granted to date are $1,372,250.


Publicity

We continue to use Monique to publicise the Trust’s activities in the local newspapers and tabloids to raise the Trust’s profile. Our upgraded website is now working and better reflects the workings of The Trust.


Future Leaders Program

This very successful program was run again in 2017 and is now into its tenth year and continues with Phil Laurence as the presenter. The program is aimed at Year 12 and 13 students from each College in our catchment area and gives them the opportunity to grow their leadership skills. The Programme comprises 3 full day workshops during Year 12 and a half day workshop in Year 13. In between workshops students have tasks to complete and are mentored by Phil.


Instep

This year we maintained our Grant of $20,000 to Instep and are excited at the contribution the programme provides students in decisions towards full time employment and into worthwhile careers. We granted our first contribution of $15,000 to support Toi EDA’s similar initiative in the Eastern BOP which is in its first year of the program.


Trustees

We were sad to see Peter Wood retire at our last AGM – Peter has been a Trustee for thirty years and has worked tirelessly as the Trust’s secretary for the entire duration. He has acted as the glue that kept the Trustees and important processes moving along to ensure good outcomes for the Trust and students. I am thrilled to announce that Peter has been appointed the second Emeritus Trustee of our Trust. We wish Peter and his family all the best in his retirement.


I am pleased to welcome Terri Eggleton as a new Trustee to the Trust. Terri brings a wealth of experience to the Trust from her involvement in many charities and roles in the business world.


Roger Loveridge - Chairman

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