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Moving into a new phase - online general meetings

ITI’s AGM on 21 October in Milton Keynes was marked by the passing of a motion to allow the holding of electronic general meetings.


 Easier for members to express views


In the course of discussions, ITI chair Sarah Griffin-Mason and chief executive Paul Wilson summarised reasons for moving towards this as a solution. Attendance at AGMs had diminished significantly in recent years; for many members it was not practical to travel to these events, and the Board wanted to move to a position where it was possible for more members to be easily involved through the use of stable technology. 

They also wanted members to be able to express views and ask questions more frequently, rather than having to save queries up until an AGM. For that reason, it was intended to create more opportunities for members to communicate with the Board over the course of the year.

Introduction of online AGMs was dependent on ensuring a solution was in place that worked smoothly and was straightforward for members to use; if the motion was agreed, it would allow the Institute to  move to this approach in 2018.


Code of conduct


There was a query from the floor about progress on guidance material for members relating to a change on confidentiality made last year to the professional code of conduct. The chair and chief executive explained that this had taken longer than anticipated, but that this was now underway.


Report on the year


In summarising key activities from 2016/17, The chair highlighted preparing the ITI Outreach programme, and working with other organisations such as the Mediterranean Editors and Translators (MET), the International Federation of Translators (FIT) and the International Association for Advancement in Language Technology (Asling). She also referenced collaborating with academic institutions on research projects.

Paul Wilson stressed the importance of thanking all those who had contributed towards progress over the last year, including all the members who had taken on specific roles and projects and the office team for their support. There was a page of thank yous in the Annual Report to make this point.

The Institute had been working on a number of projects aimed at bringing in new members, including the new and small language groups system for applications for full membership. This had opened up MITI membership to individuals where previously there had been a lack of assessors for the language concerned.

Paul also highlighted the huge amount of work that had been done on the website in recent months, which had culminated in its successful launch in September.

Another recent change for the organisation was the departure of Katherine Black from the head office team for pastures new, and welcoming Jacqui Flint to take over the role of Admissions Officer.

He mentioned continuing challenges such as influencing the media and government, and the significant number of organisations representing the sector which could have a weakening effect for the profession.

The Institute had produced its strategy tree plans on a postcard 18 months ago, and now the majority of items had been ticked off which demonstrated the success of implementation.

In summing up, Paul said that continuing priorities for ITI remained delivering best value; attracting new members of the right calibre; and balancing traditional values with new ideas and technology.


 Voting results


Ordinary Resolutions (requiring 50% majority)


Motion 1: To confirm the minutes of the previous annual general meeting held on 29 October 2016 (Passed)




210   (98.6%)



Motion 2: To receive the Board’s report and financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2017 (Passed)




213 (94.7%)



Special Resolution (requiring 75% majority)


Motion 3: To amend ITI’s Articles of Association in order to allow the holding of electronic general meetings (Passed)




211 (90.9%)










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