I am writing to advise you about a number of matters, including recent Board changes at the Society.
Heather Olsen has decided to step down from the Board, her service having culminated in four years of successful tenure as Chairman. I have been appointed temporarily as Acting Chairman in her stead. We would like to thank Heather for her tireless work as Chairman – she will be a hard act to follow!
John Coakley also steps down as Secretary and is succeeded temporarily by Christopher King. We thank John for his services to the Society.
We are delighted to welcome Nick Bacon as a new Board member. Nick brings a wealth of business and social enterprise expertise as well as knowledge and experience concerning the preservation and conservation of historic buildings.
All appointments will be subject to normal election/confirmation procedures at the next AGM, which will probably be held on Thursday, 27 October. More details will follow later.
Building on a review of the Society’s objects, the Trustees are working to develop a refreshed programme of work and activities. Again, more details will follow, but an important symbol of this is the plan to commission a new website.
The Trustees have been amongst those briefed on-site by the Dean and Chapter about the developing plans for the future of Leaden Hall. We will be closely following the expected planning application when it issues and will keep you informed of our view of the application.
Over the last three years the Society has actively supported the drafting of the Salisbury Neighbourhood Plan. It will be important for the future development of our beautiful city as well as the protection of its heritage assets. Extensive consultations will start about early July. We strongly encourage you to add your voice to those consultations.