PCN AGM 2019 Chair’s Report

PCN AGM 2019 Chair’s Report

PCN members met for their annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 6 April.

PCN members met for their annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 6 April. Appropriate for the venue, the guest speaker on this occasion was Professor Richard Wilkinson, who spoke on the relationship between inequality and well-being (or lack of it). This was the subject of the Pickett/Richardson latest book, ‘The Inner Level’. Richard was able to show, through his extensive array of graphs how people in more unequal countries have higher rates of mental illness, depression and self esteem. The political implications are of course never far away and PCN members were left considering what we can do as an organisation to press home the points being made by Wilkinson.

The business part of our meeting allowed Peter to present the accounts with a fluency and calm not always seen in treasurers! Our finances are in a healthy state, allowing us to develop our work in certain directions such as the film project. Dave Coaker was re-elected to be a trustee and we welcomed a new trustee, Tony Sanchez from London.

In an opening exercise the 60 or so members took time to meet with someone they didn’t know and exchange their ideas about PCN. We heard of future conferences being planned and saw a film clip which exemplified the expertise of the media company who will produce our films.

All in all a productive and enjoyable annual meeting.

Adrian Alker

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