SECRETARY’S REPORT

Chairman Michael Cochrane opened the meeting by welcoming back John Knell and advising that three apologies had been offered. Roy Smith Treasurer informed the meeting that a projector had now been purchased and the possibility of a grant would be pursued although Forum funds were in good order regarding its cost. David Essam took a few seconds to ask for a last three volunteers to complete this season’s “Vote of Thanks” roster.

Today’s Speaker Mr Douglas Webb is the stepson of our longstanding member Malcolm Wood. Born in Malaya he grew up in Harrogate and following an abortive spell as a M. & S. trainee refocused his career aims and aged 19 trained as a nurse in Cornwall. He has worked in a number of locations and his talk topic was “This is My House” . Having completed his Nursing qualification at Truro in 1988 he wrote to the Shetland Islands council and secured his first posting there. On arrival he was advised of his need for “breeks” and then spent an enjoyable year in a truly classless Society working in casualty/theatres and being involved in the Air Ambulance Service which flew between the Islands and Aberdeen. His next move was of short duration in Yeovil involved in operating theatre work which made use of a tent!! The following four years were back in Truro with involvement in trauma theatres and spinal injury cases.. A position in Hastings followed working for B.U.P.A. where he was tasked to build a hospital from inception.After working in the private sector a period in London followed where he made his move into charitable organisations. At the age of 37 he moved back to Cornwall to take up the position of Chief Executive Cornwall Care an organisation caring for older people with 16 care homes and day care facilities amongst a variety of services offered. This organisation although a charity relies on selling its services for its income and continuance receiving no donated income and the importance of a “long line approach”, quality training and supportive relationships was stressed. The Golden Circle of “What, How, Why ” methodologies were explained and Douglas involved Forum Members in some group work to stimulate the direction of the discussion. Perceptive queries were raised at the conclusion of the talk and much food for thought was left for those in the audience.

The Vote of Thanks was given by a proud Malcolm Wood on behalf of the 43 attendees.

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

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