AGM 2014

50th anniversary


2014 marked FUM's 50th birthday with the special AGM held on 29 March at The Buckerell Lodge Hotel, Exeter.
Over 50 members were able to attend.

In addition to receiving FUM Officers' reports about Finances, FDCs, Clinics and Hospitals members also saw presentations about the history of FUM, current projects and future possibilities.

AGM Agenda

Mrs Jo Taylor gives Medical report

New Chairman elected

After 10 years of guiding FUM's activities our chairman Mike Izzard decided that he needed more time for his other activities and so would be stepping down

We are very grateful to Mike for his great tact in running our meetings, his perceptive judgement and the huge amount of time that he devoted to the position.


Outgoing Chairman Mike Izzard (centre) with Secretary Rod Smith (standing) and Press Officer John Walker

Richard Pratt (Small)

Richard Pratt was unanimously elected as new Chairman.

Richard and his wife Christine have been FUM supporters since 1976. After a career in private and public services, much of it in the Treasury, Richard is now an independent consultant.

He specialises in providing technical assistance to emerging economies on bank supervision and the regulation of other financial services.

Richard's work takes him to many developing countries including Tanzania on several occasions. He visited Urambo FDC in 2008 and 2010 and provided valuable insight to the college Principal and the FUM committee.


We were disappointed that our invited guests from Tanzania received their visas too late for them to be able to travel to UK. Delayed visas has been an ongoing problem ever since the British visa section for Tanzania was moved from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya as a cost-cutting measure.

Mike Izzard was only the third chairman in FUM's 50 year history. We were very pleased that also present at the AGM were Mrs Joan Walker, widow of the first chairman Professor David Walker, as well as Bill Hitchings whose late wife Pauline was our second chair.

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