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Chairman’s update

By Jenny Gill

Chairman, British Mensa

I hope this message finds you all in good spirits and that those members who attended the Annual Gathering in Birmingham last weekend enjoyed themselves and are now fully recovered.

I am honoured to once again take on the role of Chairman of British Mensa. I feel an enormous sense of privilege in leading the society, which has been an integral part of my life for almost 35 years, and am excited for what the future holds.

I would like to begin by expressing my sincere gratitude to our outgoing Chairman, Chris Leek, who has served on the Board of British Mensa for an incredible 25 years. His leadership has been instrumental and the contribution he has made to the society is immense, particularly through this current period of transformation. In light of Chris’s unwavering dedication to the society and his tireless efforts in fostering a vibrant and inclusive community of bright minds, I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Chris as Honorary President of British Mensa – a well-deserved honour.

Returning to the Annual Gathering, it was wonderful to see so many members in Birmingham, both old and new, sharing experiences and enjoying each other’s company. The event was a resounding success with over 300 members in attendance and a programme so packed with activities it was difficult to know what to pick. I particularly enjoyed the chocolate making workshop and was loathe to share the result of my endeavours – even with my husband – they were delicious! The insightful discussions, engaging activities, and the friendships formed were a clear showcase of the spirit of British Mensa. Thank you to Head Office for organising such a fantastic event, and to all of the volunteers and participants who made this event possible – you are the beating heart of our community.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on the Sunday of the gathering, at which our other newly appointed Directors – Kester Leek and Ralph Stuttard – took up their places on the Board and Pete Browning and Jo Sidebottom stood down, having completed their terms. I would like to thank Pete and Jo for their professionalism, diligence and good humour, which will be greatly missed, and look forward to working with Kester, Ralph and the continuing Directors as we proceed with the transformation of British Mensa to ensure the society’s survival and future success.

A number of Board and member motions were passed at the AGM, primarily in relation to revising points in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and I would like to thank all of the members who participated so earnestly. The AGM was followed by a Mensa Matters session, which provided members with an opportunity to find out about changes taking place within the society and our plans for the future. More details were shared on our upcoming community platform, due to launch later this year, which will provide a plethora of ways for members to engage, share knowledge, and build connections across the UK and Ireland. I am very much looking forward to the launch of the platform and do hope that you will get involved with it. The more members who engage with it, the more interesting it will become for everyone!

I am excited about the road ahead and am confident that, with your support, British Mensa will thrive. I encourage members to share their thoughts, suggestions and ideas with me via jenny.gill@mensaboard.co.uk as your input will be invaluable as we work together to shape the future of British Mensa.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful society, and here’s to a bright and exciting future.

Chairman’s update

By Jenny Gill

Chairman, British Mensa

I hope this message finds you all in good spirits and that those members who attended the Annual Gathering in Birmingham last weekend enjoyed themselves and are now fully recovered.

I am honoured to once again take on the role of Chairman of British Mensa. I feel an enormous sense of privilege in leading the society, which has been an integral part of my life for almost 35 years, and am excited for what the future holds.

I would like to begin by expressing my sincere gratitude to our outgoing Chairman, Chris Leek, who has served on the Board of British Mensa for an incredible 25 years. His leadership has been instrumental and the contribution he has made to the society is immense, particularly through this current period of transformation. In light of Chris’s unwavering dedication to the society and his tireless efforts in fostering a vibrant and inclusive community of bright minds, I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Chris as Honorary President of British Mensa – a well-deserved honour.

Returning to the Annual Gathering, it was wonderful to see so many members in Birmingham, both old and new, sharing experiences and enjoying each other’s company. The event was a resounding success with over 300 members in attendance and a programme so packed with activities it was difficult to know what to pick. I particularly enjoyed the chocolate making workshop and was loathe to share the result of my endeavours – even with my husband – they were delicious! The insightful discussions, engaging activities, and the friendships formed were a clear showcase of the spirit of British Mensa. Thank you to Head Office for organising such a fantastic event, and to all of the volunteers and participants who made this event possible – you are the beating heart of our community.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on the Sunday of the gathering, at which our other newly appointed Directors – Kester Leek and Ralph Stuttard – took up their places on the Board and Pete Browning and Jo Sidebottom stood down, having completed their terms. I would like to thank Pete and Jo for their professionalism, diligence and good humour, which will be greatly missed, and look forward to working with Kester, Ralph and the continuing Directors as we proceed with the transformation of British Mensa to ensure the society’s survival and future success.

A number of Board and member motions were passed at the AGM, primarily in relation to revising points in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and I would like to thank all of the members who participated so earnestly. The AGM was followed by a Mensa Matters session, which provided members with an opportunity to find out about changes taking place within the society and our plans for the future. More details were shared on our upcoming community platform, due to launch later this year, which will provide a plethora of ways for members to engage, share knowledge, and build connections across the UK and Ireland. I am very much looking forward to the launch of the platform and do hope that you will get involved with it. The more members who engage with it, the more interesting it will become for everyone!

I am excited about the road ahead and am confident that, with your support, British Mensa will thrive. I encourage members to share their thoughts, suggestions and ideas with me via jenny.gill@mensaboard.co.uk as your input will be invaluable as we work together to shape the future of British Mensa.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful society, and here’s to a bright and exciting future.

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