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Society AGM: 3 June 2015

The annual general meeting will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 at Baden-Powell House, Eagle/Kestrel Suite, 65-67 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JS


1. Approval of the Minutes of the Twenty-first Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 18th June 2014. The Minutes will be available at the Meeting.

2. Matters Arising

3. Chairman’s Report

4. Presentation & Approval of Accounts for 2014 - Mr John Mason.

5. Executive Committee (as listed on the inside front cover of the Journal)

  • The Chairman, Dr Noel Brehony, CMG is not standing for re-election.
    Dr Robert Wilson has been proposed as Dr Brehony’s successor.
  • Mr Peter Welby took over as Treasurer from Mr John Mason, as from 1 January 2015
  • Dr Adel Aulaqi, Thanos Petouris and Safa Mubgar are stepping down from the Committee.
  • Any nominations to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee will be put forward at the meeting.
  • Members wishing to put forward a candidate for election should submit the nomination in writing, signed by the nominee, the proposer and the seconder to the Hon. Secretary at least a week before the date of the AGM.

6. The 2015 Academic Grant
This has been awarded to Mr Joshua Rogers

7. Any other Business
Results of the Draw for the two prizes of the Survey
Crisis in Yemen Appeal


As usual, the AGM will be followed by a buffet dinner. In previous years this was sponsored by the Yemeni embassy. This year the BYS is subsidising the costs but is asking that members contribute £10 per person as the Committee considers that the Society should not seek sponsorship from Yemeni government funds at this very difficult period.


Members wishing to attend the AGM are kindly requested to inform the Hon Secretary by Tuesday 26th May by telephone or preferably by email: 020 7731 3260.

Leila Ingrams

We greatly regret to record the tragic news of the death on 22 March, near her home in Kent, of Leila Ingrams.

Leila had been a member of the Society since its inception and will be warmly remembered for her tireless efforts at different levels to promote the culture and welfare of the people of Yemen – a country which she visited frequently and regarded as a second home.

On behalf of the Society the Chairman has sent his condolences to Leila's family.

Leila was also joint patron with Joanna Ellis of 'Friends of Hadhramaut', a charitable association which sponsors local community projects within the province.

An obituary will be published in this year's journal.

An event will be organised to celebrate Leila's life at the Royal Geographical Society with a date to be announced.

Note from the family: Leila was loved by all who knew her around the world. If you worked with Leila and/or knew her personally, the family would be grateful if you could get in touch with memories and details about her life as they are compiling a short biography to celebrate her life. Please email Elizabeth Ingrams (cousin of Leila's and daughter of fellow Friends of Hadhramaut Leonard and Rosalind Ingrams) with any of these memories:

BYS membership survey

May we request those of you who have not taken the survey to please do so.

It is most important for the Society to collect as many responses as possible. The link to the survey is:


Your Society now has a Facebook page, under the name ‘The British-Yemeni Society’, in both English and Arabic. It aims to keep the wider public informed about Society activities, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on Yemen, and network people with common interests.

Members’ contact details

We occasionally need to make last minute changes to the programme and make every effort to keep members up to date. Where members have provided an email address, this is a simple procedure; for members without email, the Hon. Secretary will advise as many as possible – and practical – via telephone.