Dr Digby Whyte, CEO
It was good to see 52 of our organisations and individual members vote online in the World Urban Parks Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2016. The Annual Report of the first year of World Urban Parks activities was approved, along with our service performance targets and audited financial report.
Voters contributed a helpful list of their most valued World Urban Parks services. We also have a new elected board of 23 voting and two co-opted non-voting directors.
Gil Penalosa, Chair of World Urban Parks and of the AGM, declared the election of the Board following the AGM. The combined board of First Directors and Elected Directors met on 25 August 2016 and appointed the three skills-based directors. The Board also decided to co-opt two non-voting directors to add their expertise.
Jim Griffin, Director of Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation, who narrowly missed election, was co-opted to strengthen agency representation. Rob Small, former CEO of Colac-Otway Shire Council and local government parks and environment director, was co-opted in the skills-based category.
The following table shows the new directors.