The Cardiff Amnesty International Group is delighted to announce that Owen Collins has been elected onto the Board of Amnesty International’s UK Section. The results of the election were announced at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19th June.
Owen, as many of you will know, is a committed campaigner who has been the driving force behind one of the most active Amnesty groups in Wales. Over the last decade, he has served as both Chair and Vice-chair of the Cardiff Group with enthusiasm and energy. We at Cardiff Amnesty believe that strengthening the voice of grass-roots activism within the organisation – with a specifically Welsh accent! – can only be a good thing.
On responding to the good news, Owen said:
“I have been elected as the Local Group Representative, which is particularly pleasing as it is the position where I feel able to contribute the most. It is going to be a challenging role and I will do my best over the next three years to uphold the values of Amnesty International.
I would not have been elected had it not been for the support of individuals and local groups from across the country and so I want to thank everyone who voted. As the Local Group Representative on the Board I need to consider how I’m going to stay in touch with the grass-roots movement over the next three years. Certainly I don’t want to be a stranger to local groups, especially the 20 which I visited over the last few months.”
Cardiff Amnesty are also pleased to announce that the other successful candidates elected onto the Board were:
- Julia Pata (elected to a seat reserved for activists aged 18-23)
- Ciara Garcha (elected to a network seat)
- Tom Harrison (re-elected to an unreserved seat)
- Sen Raj (re-elected to a network seat)
Cardiff Amnesty would also like to thank those candidates who were unsuccessful in this election cycle. Stepping forward to take on voluntary governance role within any organisation is a sizeable undertaking. We just wanted to say, ‘thank you’. To learn more about the UK Section board take a look here.
The one-day AGM also included presentations from the Board and from the interim CEO Sacha Deshmukh. Amnesty International UK were delighted to welcome a special guest for this year’s AGM, the movement’s new Secretary General Agnès Callamard. If you were unable to attend, or if you would like to read what resolutions passed and more, please have a look here.