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NADFAS REVIEW/ AUTUMN 2010 21

Delivering a positivemessage22NADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN 2010www.nadfas.org.ukIncreased membership, new levels of support for Societies and enhanced public recognition - all were inthe spotlight at this year's NADFAS AGMThis year's NADFAS AGMshowcased NADFAS'sachievements over the past year,as well as highlighting the Association'sstrategy going forward. Guest speakersincluded NADFAS President ChristopherLloyd and Vice Presidents PhilippaGlanville, Martin Drury and DesmondShawe-Taylor. Also addressingdelegates was Marilyn Scott, Director ofWoking art gallery The Lightbox, whichNADFAS has been closely involved withsince its inception in 2007. She wasfollowed by Nick Way, Director Generalof the Historic Houses Association.The benefits of NADFAS's grant-givingwere highlighted, and delegates enjoyeda talk -introduced by Dr AvivaBurnstock -by Katya Belaia, the firstrecipient of the NADFAS Zena WalkerScholarship, which has enabled her tostudy easel painting conservation at theCourtauld Institute of Art's Departmentof Conservation and Technology.Taking to the stage in the afternoonsession, National Chairman Gri Harrisonoutlined key achievements from the pastyear, including an increase inmembership to over 91,000 (the biggestincrease since 2004) as well as inwaiting lists (now at 6,000). She acknowledged new SocietiesNorth Bucks, Fylde, Oxford, Nelson(New Zealand), Waikato (New Zealand),and Waveney Valley, and praised thework of the NADFAS Training andSocieties support teams in helping easethe way for new and existing Societies."They have worked tirelessly to ensurethat training meets members' currentneeds. There are more presentationalskills days and more practical ideasbeing shared to save Societies fromhaving to reinvent the wheel."Focusing on the quality of theNADFAS-accredited lecturer selectionprogramme, she pointed to a consistentsuccess rate of 50% for the past nineyears. It was noted that digitalpresentations continue to grow inpopularity: one third of Societies nowuse digital; a further third is set to follow.NEW APPOINTMENTSArea ChairmenFarewells and expressions of gratitude were offered to outgoingArea Chairmen, while warm welcomes were extended to theirreplacements. OutgoingReplaced byJune Robinson ................................................ Lynn SladeEast Surrey Area ChairmanJoy Manners .................................................... Margaret Barrie Greater London Area ChairmanPrudence Smeeton .......................................... Anne PalmerNorth East Area ChairmanSusan Zuill ....................................................... Elizabeth BlackScotland & Northern Ireland Area ChairmanSue O'Brien also joins as Head of Training (Joint)Trustee BoardA warm welcome was also extended to new Trustee JuneRobinson during the Trustee elections, which also saw MilesRoberts and Jill Makepeace-Warne re-elected as Trustees, as well as the retirement of Lucinda Shaw Stewart.The current NADFAS Trustee Board is pictured below.