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Successful online AGM marks new era

ITI’s first-ever online Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 13 October.

Online AGMThe change to online marked a landmark in allowing easy access for all members, including the 20% living outside the UK and those living in more remote parts of the UK or with commitments that mean attending a physical meeting is not practical.

There was more than a five-fold increase in attendance by members over the physical meeting held in 2017.

All three motions were passed with a large majority:

Motion 1

Approval of last year’s minutes (99.52%, for, 0.48% against [21 abstain])

Motion 2

Approval of Financial Statements and Board and Auditors’ Reports (97.3% for, 2.7% against [7 abstain])

Motion 3

Amendment to the Code of Professional Conduct – 3.1 in Principle 2 of the Code (95.05% for, 4.95% against [7 abstain])

This latter amendment removes a reference to ‘mother tongue’. The text now reads “…members shall translate only into a language that is either (i) their first language, or (ii) their language of habitual use, or (iii) one in which they have satisfied the Institute that they have equal competence.” This amendment has been made to remove ambiguity, and to use terminology that is in common use both inside and outside the language industry.

The meeting ran very smoothly and, despite the newness of this type of AGM for the Institute, there were no technology glitches.

ITI Chief Executive Paul Wilson said: “It was a challenge to introduce the technology and processes for our first-ever online AGM, but we knew it would be very worthwhile and we are proud to be an early adopter of this approach. We look forward to continuing to improve the process and experience for members in future years.”

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