PDMC Needs You: An Appeal from the Chair

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 14:07

PDMC Needs You :  An Appeal from the Chair

You all know that PDMC is a fantastic organisation, offering your children wonderful musical opportunities, enhancing their confidence and skills and providing them with new friends.

With around 300 players and 13 ensembles operating in five different locations,  it is also a complex organisation, which needs to be governed and managed, rather like a small school.

With just Marion as our part-time Administrator and John as our part-time Coordinator,  we rely absolutely on the active involvement of parents too.  Rehearsals and performances simply could not take place without our dedicated band of parent helpers.

Parents – past and present – also provide the trustees who make up the PDMC Board – the group which provides strategic direction to PDMC,  which keeps the effectiveness and performance of the organisation under  review, and which monitors and manages the overall financial situation. Again, without a Board there would no PDMC.

Our Constitution provides for a maximum of 11 trustees, elected at the AGM.  The AGM is looming, to be held on  Wednesday 15 Nov – more details will follow soon.

Currently we have 10 trustees, but with three (all past parents) retiring at the AGM:  Anne Griffiths, a founder member of PDMC, who has been an absolute rock over 26 years;  Fiona Wilcock, our excellent Treasurer of the past four years; and Tim Budd, who has brought a keen business brain to our discussions over the past six years.

Fortunately, we have  been able to line up a current parent, Emma Alexander, to be proposed for election at the AGM to take on the role of Treasurer.

This still leaves three vacancies.

So I am appealing now to all of you to consider putting yourself forward as a  trustee.  We have a good gender balance.  We would particularly, but not exclusively, welcome parents of wind players and younger players who are under-represented on the Board. We are a friendly but self-critical bunch, with a good range of professional and people skills.  Musical expertise is not a pre-requisite! We all enjoy the role.  And we are all committed to sustaining PDMC as a dynamic and successful organisation.  Not a bad group to be part of!

If this may interest you, please do contact me at chair@pdmc.org.uk or on 01298 73317; or speak with one of the other continuing trustees:  Sue Allard; Alan Beswick; Marianne Edgar; Jon Kilpatrick; Simon Marrow; and Helen Payne.

We look forward to hearing from you.

David Brindley