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Agenda for the Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 23.02.2021, Start time: 10:00 hrs CET (fully virtual meeting)

  • TOP 1 Welcome and formalities; determination of whether a quorum is present
  • TOP 2 Acceptance or correction of last AGM’s minutes (from year 2020)
  • TOP 3 Report by the Board
  • TOP 4 Report by the Arbitration Board
  • TOP 5 Report by the Cash Auditor
  • TOP 6 Discharge of the Board of Directors
  • TOP 7 Motion to found an additional sector „Inclusion“ according to §4 of the ERCA by-laws.
  • TOP 8 Election for members of the Board
  • TOP 9 If necessary: Elections of the cash auditor, deputy cash auditor or members of the Arbitration Board if someone may resign
  • TOP 10 Motions
    • ● Motions of the ERCA Board to include an addition to the by-laws, which will allow ...
      • ○ to hold the annual general members meeting as fully virtual meeting;
      • ○ to vote electronically despite of whether the meeting is held as live meeting, virtual meeting or satellite meeting;
      • ○ to enable us to execute absentee votings (electronically or postally);
    • ● Motion proposed by Steve Woods to change the procedure for election of the sector representatives so that all eligible voters are entitled to vote and not only the present members assigned to this sector. However, the right of nomination will remain only with the members of this sector.
    • ● If requested: Motion and voting for approval of Honorary Members
  • TOP 11 Miscellaneous

 

Applications for the Board Elections


As per the regular period, we expect to have elections for the following positions and have got received the below propositions.

Proposal/ Application
for the position as:
Nominated by: Name Self-Introduction

Executive Board:
President


This position is due to vote on in the regular period.

ERCA Board

  Ulrike Mai
  (Germany)
My name is Ulli and I work as a psychologist in a social institution for children and their families. The institution operates one adventure park, which also contains traditional rope course elements. Ulli is part of the management team. After her election to the ERCA board as a sector representative for adventure parks in 2014, she switched to the position of president in 2015. She will focus on being the main contact person for personnel matters and promoting the internationality of ERCA as a community for the exchange of knowledge and experience. Ulli lives with her husband and a few cats in the rustic Hunsrück Mountains in Germany and loves to read, paint or have a cozy dinner with friends in her free time.
 

Third Member of the Executive Board

This position is due to vote on in the regular period.

ERCA Board

  Nick Moriarty
  (United Kingdom)
Nick has more than 30 years’ experience in the outdoor industry and has retired as a Director of Zip World.
As a founder of Zip World he was instrumental in helping to build the business from a small "start-up" with 5 employees to a business worth over £45,000,000 and 500 employees in less than 5 years.
Founder and former managing director of Ropes Course Developments Ltd (RCD). RCD constructed over 1000 ropes courses in 33 countries. Over 25 years’ experience as a ropes course builder, designer, inspector and trainer. Owner and operator of recreational and educational ropes courses in the UK – including Tree Top Trek in the Lake District.
Former President of the European Ropes Course Association (ERCA). Wire rope examiner. Convenor of the European Ropes Course Standard: EN15567. Expert witness. Co-author of UK Ropes Course Guide.
 

Representative:
"Inspection"


This position is due to vote on in the regular period

ERCA Board

  Craig Palmer
  (United Kingdom)
I have been involved with ropes courses for over 15 years now. Having set up Technical Outdoor Solutions back in 2009 this has grown to be one of the leading Construction, Inspection and Training companies in the UK. We have achieved ERCA Training body and Inspection body status as well as ADIPs certified inspection body. We have had our training courses audited by ROSPA and are a certified training centre.
I am personally a certified inspector and trainer, hold a professional trainers certificate from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health & NVQ Assessor. I have been running the ERCA inspector training courses in addition to wire rope, PPE and wood ploe courses.
 

Representative:
"Traditional Ropes Courses"


This position is due to vote on in the regular period

ERCA Board

  Walter Bisselink
  (Netherlands)
I have been the owner of 3 ropes courses in the Netherlands for 9 years now. In addition to these operations, I am involved in the construction and maintenance of all kinds of ropes courses at home and abroad. Of course, I do not do this alone, we have a permanent team of 8 employes and about 50 employees during the high season. I am married and we have 3 children. We live on the Dutch coast and I like to go out on the water to kitesurf in my sparetime.
 

Representative:
"Training"


This position is due to vote on in the regular period

ERCA Board

  Jim Bacon
  (United Kingdom)
Jim has been working in the outdoor industry since 2006, and the ropes course sector since 2010. Starting off as an instructor working on ropes courses, he has worked through the ERCA system, becoming an ERCA trainer, and the main operator of the Zip World training body. Based in North Wales, Jim currently works as the health, safety and technical advisor for Zip World, running testing, training and operations at all of their sites. Jim is standing for re-election in the sector of training, and hopes to be able to help ERCA and its members through the current pandemic, and assist the ERCA community in growing.