Synopsis of Minutes of Steering Committee meeting 14th March 2006

The Steering Committee met on 14 March 2006 to review strategy and develop the programme for 2006. [Any Fellow who would like more information is invited to contact Tim Young or Gill Zammett.]

[For reminder of the Committee's Priorities for 2006 please see the foot of the page]

Among the main points discussed/reported were (including some action since last Synopsis not actually mentioned at the meeting):

1 Communications Team:

  • Development of Operation One-to-One strategy to make personal contact with newly discovered Fellows
  • Publication of January Newsletter
  • Preparation of Bulletin to advertise Tall Ship Day (29 September 2006)
  • Production of memo to explain relationship between Rank Fellowship, Rank Foundation and Fundacao Estudar - posted on site under 'Organisation documents' in 'About us' section

2 Charity Team:

  • Development of plans for a Charity Evening in the Autumn - details in June
  • Encouragement to open up the website and showcase the School Fellow reports more prominently
  • Initial discussions on possibility of a web-based Charity Skills marketplace to enable Fellows and Charities to make contact via web

3 Events Team:

  • Report on imminent Mentoring Evening (23 March) - record numbers
  • School Leadership Day planned for 14 September
  • Tall Ships Day (29 September): encouragement needed for Fellows to book now [Henry Scutt has successfully secured the Prince William from the Tall Ships Youth Trust for a Rank Day Sail on Friday 29 September 2006 from 0800 -1600 out of Portsmouth. The point was made that for many Fellows this provides an opportunity to reconnect with what may have been a formative experience. For others, it could be the first opportunity to experience sailing a Tall Ship. For all, the sail will provide a good opportunity to meet other Fellows, and to discuss the strategic development of the Rank Fellowship. ]

4 Young Fellows:

It was agreed that while energy was being put into tracing older Fellows it was important to encourage the younger ones now at School and University and in the early years of their first job. The Mentoring Evenings were clearly one ideal way of approaching this but the Communications Team was asked to consider other strategies (eg cohort mentoring of School/University Fellows).

5 Matters concerning the Steering Committee

  • The Chairman welcomed two new members to the Committee: Suzy Lambert and Duncan Gibson
  • and thanked James Dingemans QC for his considerable help and advice in these early months of the Fellowship; for his part he was delighted to have been able to play a part and though retiring from the Committee will continue to help as asked

The Steering Committee's priorities for 2006 are:

  • to develop the contribution of Fellows to the charitable world,
  • to continue participation of the Fellows to engage with the Fellowship and
  • to encourage as many Fellows as possible to participate
  • to make contact with a large number of Fellows who at present are unaware of the Fellowship's existence. [There have been over 1000 beneficiaries of the Rank Leadership Award Scheme since it was launched. As reported last summer, the Steering Committee has been endeavouring to contact all known Fellows under Operation One-to-One as well as to seek to trace those Fellows for whom current addresses and contact details are no longer held. This will be a leading priority in 2006.]
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