At the AGM of the BBC Pensioners’ Association which was held on Tuesday 25th April 2017. David Allen opened the meeting introducing the current Chairman, Albert Barber. The themes of the Chairman’s report were about presenting a modern image to members and others; using our influence to support members and a reminder about our valuable contribution to the BBC’s heritage. Updates were given by Maurice Maguire (Membership Secretary) and Alan Bilyard, Treasurer. Hugh Sheppard explained the new revision of the Constitution to include potential new members’ who are in receipt of any other pension to which the BBC has contributed. The proposed revision was adopted. Christina Hamilton updated on the new website reporting that visits and page views are increasing every month. Leslie Huss-Smickler gave news of the latest new wide ranging offers. There have been successful negotiations with Love2Shop, Simply Health and Cotswold Outdoors. Members will be sent details and they will be posted on our website next month. The Memory Bank update was given by David Allen encouraging members to contribute. The current Committee stood down and were unanimously re-elected. The formal business concluded; the meeting was addressed by John Cullen, CEO, BBC Pension Trust Limited. He gave an overview of the Scheme and an update on the actuarial valuation which is due within the next couple of months. The keynote speaker, Torin Douglas, was the BBC Media Correspondent for 24 years. He gave an entertaining talk and there was much laughter and nodding heads as Torin regaled us with tales of his career and behind the scenes tales surrounding the departure of several DG’s. A printed summary has already been sent to all members. A full summary of the AGM is available via the link below.