New Branch blood!

WE WELCOME the new members of NUJ London Freelance Branch (LFB) Committee. These include our new Negotiations Officer Tamar Micner and our new members at large Francesca Albini, Francesca Albini, Pierre Alozie, Michael Butcher, Tony Levene, Josiah Mortimer and Nick Renaud-Komiya

Show of hands at London Freelance Branch AGM; Photo Matt Salusbury

Democracy in action - a show of hands during a vote at LFB's AGM in January.

We welcome also the returning members of LFB Committee who were re-elected. Contact details for the all of the new Committee are here.

We bid farewell and give thanks for all their hard work to those no longer on the Branch Committee, including outgoing Chapel Liaison Officer Tim Dawson and former members at large Richenda Power, Gregory Baldeosingh, Thibault Raymond Gbei, Hina Pandya and Dave Rotchelle.

Thanks especially to Zaki Dogliani, who stepped down as one of the jobshare Branch Chairs at the Branch AGM in January. Zaki goes to a staff job in PR, which means he is leaving the freelance sector.

Richenda gave a brief presentation at the AGM based on her statistical research into the demographics of LFB, based on anonymised data from the NUJ Membership Department. She concluded that in terms of its gender and ethnic minorities composition, LFB is slightly more diverse than the NUJ membership generally, with the diversity of the Branch in terms of both gender and minorities particularly strong in last year's Committee.

Zaki Dogliani; Photo Matt Salusbury

So farewell, then, Zaki Dogliani (left, with Branch Chair Pennie Quinton to Zaki's right). The section of mural behind them in the NUJ's Headland House meeting room shows the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff with mountains behind it.

A vacancy has arisen for Branch Vice Chair: there will be an election for this post at the February Branch meeting on Monday 12 February. (For details of Branch meetings, see here.) It is likely that there will be a vacancy for a Member at Large (also known as a Member without portfolio). For Committee posts and what they entail, see here.

The AGM also elected two auditors (not Committee members) to scrutinise its accounts and voted changes to Standing Orders (its constitution) to tidy up its procedures for communicating to members. The new version of Standing Orders passed by the Branch is here.

LFB at its AGM also elected delegates to the NUJ's Delegate Meeting (DM, its conference, the next is in April in Southport), as well as a delegate to the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. Branch Treasurer Jenny Vaughan was re-elected as LFB's delegate to Waltham Forest Trades Council - a network of local trade union branches (mostly public sector) campaigning around local issues.

Jenny reminded full members of the Branch that they can seek election as the Branch's delegate on other Trades Councils in London boroughs where they work or are residents. Because the NUJ has its headquarters in the borough of Camden, we can send a delegate to Camden's Trades Council.