The Autumn General Meeting was held on Thursday 10th November 2016 at Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge and followed by dinner enjoyed by 54 members and guests.
President James Gallagher reported the Association’s recent focus on education opportunities and the continuing difficulties for local members dealing with the West London Coroner Service.
Members were concerned about the continuing deterioration of service and staffing levels and the suspension of Senior Coroner Mr. C Inyama, pending completion of investigations by the Judicial Conduct Investigation Office. The Association was arranging a meeting with the Acting Senior Coroner and lead Council, to identify processes to enhance communication and learn of plans to improve the service.
Recent successful seminars were reported. The International Transportation seminar had been well received and would be repeated in 2017. An evening offering an update on relevant developments had been oversubscribed, highlighting the need to book early for these popular events.
The latest course of the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration was underway and would conclude with the exam on 7th December; only a few places remained available for the next course in January. Following enquiries about the course from other regions, a pilot was to be run in Sussex in conjunction with that course.
President James reminded members that information about activities, events and other matters of interest could be found on the Association’s website.
Members received reports on annual Union negotiations, which had concluded in the Summer, and on legislative developments and revised health and safety guidance.
The Treasurer informed members of the reduced precept income received from NAFD for the year, but was pleased to confirm the Association’s finances were healthy.
Updates on Western District and Southern District were provided.
Members were reminded that tickets were available for the Annual Banquet & Ball, on March 4th 2017 at the London Lancaster Hotel.
National President Jeremy Field provided members with news of developments at the national level and introduced the recently appointed NAFD CEO, Mandie Lavin, who gave her initial observations and outlined future plans.
The meeting concluded with a very informative presentation from Julian Atkinson of JC Atkinson Ltd on the new FFMA testing protocol.