20th January 2018
2018 got off to a cracking start with the Annual General Meeting on the evening of Thursday 18th January. Some 60 members and guests, certainly a record number in living memory, turned out to the Southampton University Training Corps Officers Mess in Carlton Place Southampton to enjoy an hours CPD (Champagne & Prosecco Drinking) prior to the AGM, accompanied by canapés served by committee members in the splendid surroundings of the Grade II listed former indoor riding school, built c.1840 by Hinves. A hidden gem, for which we are very grateful to Captain Mark Vickers and his team for allowing us to use.
At the AGM, Chair Nella Pang of JLL placed the badge of office around the neck of her successor Denise Bull, a commercial property solicitor and partner with Dutton Gregory, who reminded members that SPA membership was a privilege and not a right, and that the highest standards were expected from its members. Vicky Mant of Renews becomes Vice-Chair. Richard Huffer of Daniells Harrison remains as Hon. Treasurer and Chris Clark of Ely Langley Greig as Hon. Secretary. Father of the Association and Chairman of the SPA Benevolent Fund, the ever dapper Des Ely, gave a report on the healthy state of the fund.
The evening concluded with talks given by Julia Davies from Dutton Gregory on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Allan Hilder from Simpson Hilder on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), followed by yet more CPD! A collection on the night raised £207.28 for the Help for Heroes Charity.
Photos: Left to right - 1) Nella Pang, Ex-Chair shaking hands with new Chair Denise Bull / 2) Vicky Mant new Vice-chair, Denise Bull Chair, Nella Pang Ex-chair / 3) CPD turnout / 4) Julia Davies speaking / 5) Allan Hilder Speaking / 6) Chris Clark addressing the members at the AGM.