Isle of Man AGM

With members now back in the UK after what is being seen as a hugely successful BGTW AGM and Convention on 6 February in the Isle of Man, it’s time to offer a few thanks for those who made it all happen.

Thanks must go to Visit Isle of Man. From the start, the tourism organisation, led by chief executive Deborah Heather, made it clear it wanted to give Guild members the opportunity to really discover the very many stories the island has to tell.

In the end, some 50 or so members travelled over, either on board the Isle of Man Steam Packet’s new ship, ‘Manxman’, or flying from regional airports. Specific thanks must go to Yvette Hollows and her colleagues from Visit Isle of Man.

The itinerary offered members the opportunity to drill down into stories and topics relevant to their own requirements. The final, detailed itineraries, including pick-up bus and minibus shuttles, hotel accommodation and other bespoke requirements, were handled with aplomb.

A key element of the event programme was the formal BGTW AGM. Moderated by Stuart Render, in one of his final activities before stepping back from front-line Guild duties, the AGM saw the handover from the ‘old’ BGTW Board to the ‘new’ Board.

At the time of writing that new Board comprises Chair Chris Coe, together with director Renate Ruge, Mary-Anne Evans, Valery Collins and Sarah Rodrigues.

Mark Bibby Jackson
By: Mark Bibby Jackson Editor, Freelance Journalist, Travel Writer