During a second post-AGM meeting held on Saturday, the AUGB’s Board of Directors reviewed and discussed various aspects of preparations for the redevelopment of the AUGB’s Head Office in Linden Gardens, London.


The project will take around 9 months to complete and is likely to begin before the end of this year.


AUGB Chair Petro Rewko said: “This investment will translate into a very helpful income stream to secure the future financial stability of AUGB and its Branches, but at the same time we will continue to retain our presence and identity at Linden Gardens for many years to come”.


The Board also considered a number of other issues presented to the meeting in the CEO and Property Asset Manager’s reports and, among other things: 

  • reviewed and updated a number of sub-committees and created three new committees on Safeguarding policy, an AUGB brochure and income generation;
  • confirmed that the 76th AUGB AGM will take place at AUGB Huddersfield Branch on 12 June 2021;
  • confirmed the retention (for the future) of some of the electronic processes that were introduced for the 75th AUGB AGM, in particular, (i) electronic AGM registration process; (ii) mailing out of Annual Report, agenda and linked motions/resolutions to all registered participants in advance of the AGM; (iii) appointment of meeting Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Scrutiny Committee in advance of the meeting; (iv) leaving open the option of holding hybrid AGMs in future to allow more geographically distanced delegates to take part in the meeting online;
  • Elected a Nominations Committee with John Kaniuka as Chair and Hanya Dezyk and Paul Pszenycniak, members.

 The Board assessed the current state of Branches in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The financial implications will become clearer as Branch reports for the third and fourth quarters begin to come through.  All AUGB Branch properties closed on 18 March and only a small number began reopening their doors from late July onwards. The situation varies from city to city. Ukrainian language schools in Manchester, London and Coventry, having carried out detailed risk assessments, have recently recommenced classes face to face while Nottingham school continues to hold classes online and Luton, Bradford and Reading look to restart their programmes in November.  The re-opening process is being closely monitored by Petro Rewko, who is in close contact with all interested parties.


Further details on the Board’s meeting and decisions taken will be circulated to Branches and addressed during the next Branch Chair meeting.


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