Friends of YHA
This is an additional source of business and governance information, for those of you who are interested in getting involved with YHA. This could be through volunteering at our hostels or becoming a Trustee on our Board, or if you just want to know more about the way we run as an organisation and our ambitions for the future.
Here you can find information about our AGM - which in the lead up to the event includes the agenda, all the meeting papers and the information needed about the venue and arrangements.
And for those of you with Facebook, you can join our Friends of YHA Facebook Group. This will provide a forum for member-to-member discussions about YHA, our meetings and events, and our activities
Join the Friends of YHA Facebook Group
- Our closed Facebook group only for YHA members
- A place to chat about YHA as a member
- You'll need to request permission to join
Our AGM 2018 was held on Saturday 30th June at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London. There were 69 company members (eligible to vote) present, and nine proxy votes had been received.
You can view the draft minutes from the AGM here. These will be presented at our AGM 2019 for approval by Company Members.
You can also view the AGM presentation here.
Changes to the Articles and Standing Orders
At the meeting, members voted by a majority of 76% to amend the Articles and Standing Orders, as part of the next phase of governance modernisation and reform. These changes relate to a significant widening of the opportunities for participation in YHA’s democracy. In summary, the key changes voted in have extended voting rights to the wider membership through online voting, without the need for them to attend a meeting, and to change the governance documents to allow a less formal AGM to take place. A number of other amendments were included to reflect changes in company law and because it made sense to deal with them at the same time.
CNP and Trustee elections
Paula Yates was elected as the Council Nomination Panel (CNP) Chair, to replace Trevor Cornfoot who had come to the end of his term of office.
Helen Maurice-Jones was elected as an Association Member of the CNP.
Josie Murray was re-elected for a second four year term as Trustee, and Hannah Paterson and Simon Reeve were both elected as new Trustees for a four year term.
Guest speaker was Alex Staniforth, YHA’s youngest Ambassador and an adventurer and mental health campaigner, who gave an inspiring presentation about his YHA journey.
Following this, there were three interactive presentation sessions:
- Our Charitable Impact and Focus, led by Margaret Hart, Vice Chair, and James Blake, CEO- notes on the session also available here
- Our New Engagement Framework, led by Vishaal Virani, Trustee, and William Howarth, CFO
- Investments in our Network, led by Ian Maginnis, Treasurer, and Jake Chalmers, Property Director
Our AGM 2019 will be held on Saturday 29th June 2019, at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London.
Volunteering - Give something back, volunteer with YHA today
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, meet new people, boost your CV and give something back. And we have a dedicated YHA Volunteering site where you can find out more, and search out – and sign up to – many different volunteering opportunities.
Learn about YHA - Learn more about what we do
Find out about YHA as a charity, a business and the impact we have on young people’s lives.
Read the latest monthly CEO Briefings from James Blake, which give a flavour of the current economic, political, strategic and operational issues.
Read James Blake’s report from the latest Board meeting: