2022 Conference and AGM

03 Dec

Cardiff, CF10 2FL

Saturday 03 Dec 22

This year we were delighted to be joined by leading academic Professor Ailsa Henderson from the University of Edinburgh and Mick Antoniw MS, Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution in Wales.

The day started with a supporter’s Conference which is free and open to all, followed by the AGM for ERS members.

1912 and 2022 AGM poster

Did you know the Electoral Reform Society was originally called the Proportional Representation Society? Inspired by the 110th anniversary of this poster from the archive, we decided to create a modern version.

Conference Agenda

Time Activity
10.15 Registration opens
10.30 Conference opens

Welcome and introduction by the Chair, Ruth Kelly

10.35 Presentation from Darren Hughes, Chief Executive, on ERS work over the past year

Presentations from Willie Sullivan, Director of ERS Scotland, and Jess Blair, Director of ERS Cymru, on the Society’s work in those nations.

11.25 Keynote Speakers:

Introduction by the Chair, Ruth Kelly (5 minutes)

The challenges facing UK democracy and the Welsh response with Welsh Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution, Mick Antoniw MS, and Professor Ailsa Henderson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Speakers until 12pm. Q&A until 12.20pm

12.30 BREAK
12.45 Breakout into small groups to discuss key questions. Topics (online attendees breakout into online groups):

  • 12 months of political turmoil: what happens next for PR?
  • Local Government: Is reforming local government the next step forward?
  • What is democracy- are elections enough?
  • Anti-social – does social media help or hinder our campaigns?
  • Easy as 123 – what is an STV election?
13.20 Workshop feedback

Collated by staff and feedback from group representatives. Led by Willie Sullivan

13.50 Closing remarks

Ewan Goodjohn, Councillor for Cadoc, Vale of Glamorgan and keynote listener for the conference

Ruth Kelly, Chair

14.00 Conference closes

Lunch and networking for those attending in person

14.50 Registration for AGM (members only)

AGM Agenda

Time Activity
14.50 Registration opens
15.00 Annual General Meeting opens and welcome from the Chair

Ruth Kelly, Chair

15.05 Ordinary Resolution: To approve the minutes of the Annual General (RESULT: Passed)
15.10 Receiving the Financial Statements for the year to 31 Dec 2021

Andrew Copson, Treasurer and Stuart McKay from MacIntyre Hudson Chartered Accountants

15.25 Ordinary Resolution: Auditor’s reappointment and remuneration (RESULT: Passed)
15.30 Matters for discussion proposed by members
16.30 Special Resolution proposed by a member (RESULT: Did not pass)
16.50 Voting on Special Resolution
16.55 Closing remarks by the Chair and results of the Special Resolution


17.00 Close of meeting

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL, UK

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