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Parkinson's UK Members' Day and 2018 AGM

Our Members' Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Saturday 20 October. 

Mark Goodridge, Chair of the Board, commented: 

"I was delighted we had over 160 members attend our event in Birmingham - as well as another 50 people joining the livestream from our satellite events in Newcastle and Templepatrick, and more members joining from home." 

What Happened

Our VIP host

One of our high-profile members, Paul Mayhew-Archer - best known for scripting BBC's Vicar of Dibley - hosted the day. Not only was he very funny, he made sure that our first Members' Day was fully focused on making sure that everyone had a voice.​

Setting the scene

Our Chief Executive, Steve Ford got the day going by setting the context. Steve explained that while it had been a good year for the charity, we mustn't lose our sense of urgency.

He went on to explain that more people are being diagnosed who need our support – and more people are developing symptoms for which there are still no adequate treatments.

You can find Steve's slides here (PDF, 974KB)  

Live Loud

After introductions, the day kicked off with a lively 'Live Loud!' session – a project in Wales designed to give people, whose voice is affected by Parkinson's, their speech confidence back. They got the audience on their feet to join in a fantastic Parkinson's chant!

Live Loud slides are available here (PDF, 791KB)

Better treatments and a cure

Our Director of Research, Arthur Roach took to the stage to talk about better treatments and a cure – and gave a whistle-stop tour through our strategic role, university grants and partnerships to research network, and virtual biotech today and tomorrow. Arthur also answered the very many research questions posed.

Better treatments and a cure slides are available here (PDF, 958KB) and the audio is available here (

Annual General Meeting

The formal AGM part of the day saw our Chairman Mark Goodridge present the trustees' report, financials and the panel confidently answered a number of tough questions that came their way.

AGM slides are available here (PDF, 1.96MB)

Are we connected?

The afternoon session was all about strengthening our local work and how the charity and local groups can work better together. The results from the survey on how connected people feel to the charity were revealed.

Vice-Chair of the Board Mary Whyham talked about the bridging the gap work in Greater Manchester. And questions were posed to the audience on whether they'd like to be involved in the many opportunities available.

The bridging the gap slides are available here (PDF, 1.4MB)

Joining virtually

People living with Parkinson's who couldn’t travel to the venue had the option to join the livestream – as well as those that gathered together at venues in Templepatrick and Newcastle. To keep things interactive, we used the app Sli.do – where we encouraged those joining virtually to ask their questions and feed back via polls. And it proved popular, with around 100 comments and questions. Many of the questions were answered live and others personally by the Senior Leadership Team.

Steve commented: "The sli.do feature worked really well – it meant that we were able to deal with a lot more questions and it was good to be able to see the comments and questions from the other sites live on the main screen in Birmingham."

Assistant Company Secretary Kate Monro added: "The Board really challenged us this year to deliver a Members' Day and AGM that was relevant and engaging to our members, as well as to increase member participation with the event. With a great team of contributors from across the UK, alongside remote access through livestreaming and Sli.do, we achieved a massive 250% increase in participation from last year."

Publishing responses to questions

We will publish responses to questions received on the day here on the website. Please note, that we may amalgamate similar questions where appropriate.