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PCU’s Annual General Meeting with plenary speaker Susie Orbach

We are living in unprecedented times. We know that the COVID-19 Pandemic will have an impact on people, on our profession and counsellors and psychotherapists. The PCU is going ahead with the AGM on the 25th of April. It will be a Zoom meeting and all members are invited to join us!
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PCU’s Annual General Meeting  with plenary speaker Susie Orbach

Time & Location

25 Apr 2020, 09:30 – 16:30
The link for the AGM will be available soon

About The Event

All members are warmly invited to PCU’s Annual General Meeting  with plenary speaker Susie Orbach

Susie is asking for members to send in questions for her to respond to on the day – email

Date: Saturday 25th April 2020 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Zoom meeting 

RSVP: to reserve your place or go to

This is the first AGM we've held outside of London, so please encourage other members to come and support the union at this important event. Non-members can join PCU on the day, but will only be able to vote by joining PCU by 25 th March 2020 by going to Let us know if you would like to connect with other members to share travel or offer accommodation, or any other requirements.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

CPD certificates provided



Join the meeting from 9.30 

9.45 am - 10.00 am: Joining instructions and assistance to get you started

10.00 am – 10.50 am Welcome and introductions, followed by Reports and Q&A


General Secretary’s Report, Richard Bagnall-Oakeley

Finance Report, Andy Price

Membership Report, Sasha Kaplin

10.50-11.00am Tea break

11.00 am – 12.00 pm Proposals and committee nominations

Any matters arising from last year’s minutes.

Voting on Executive Committee Proposals

1. The Executive Committee propose that members ratify:

a) the Rule Book, 2020

b) the Members Guidebook, 2020

2. The Executive Committee propose that we pay for the member support co-ordination work by the Membership Secretary as an honorarium. The Executive Committee will calculate the honorarium to ensure it is within the yearly financial budget, subject to yearly review

3. The Executive Committee propose that to reduce administrative costs, the student/concessionary membership fee of £12 per year is required to be paid as a lump sum, rather than £1/month, starting from 1st May 2020

4. The Executive Committee propose that the wording of the Constitution is ratified as proposed at the 2019 AGM (see accompanying Constitution) that conforms with the 1992 Trade Unions Act, and confirms that PCU is in line with our listed and certificated status. The main changes are where office-bearers are named as:

- General Secretary, instead of Chair

- Assistant General Secretary instead of Vice-Chair

- Membership Secretary instead of Secretary

5. The Executive Committee propose that to make clearer it’s meaning in the Constitution, the word ‘minimum’ is inserted into the statement ‘Members of the Executive Committee shall serve for a two-year term’ to read ‘Members of the Executive Committee shall serve for a minimum two-year term’ (Terms of Office, 6a)

Election of Officers

Juliet Lyons is standing as General Secretary

Election of the Executive Committee

Richard Bagnall-Oakely, Juliet Lyons, Sasha Kaplin, Andy Price, Audrey West, Reem Shelhi, Victoria Childs, Eleanor Lindlar to remain on the committee. 

Stepping down is Maxim Ilyashenko.

Standing for election as new Committee Members: Kris Black, John Goss, Sarah Cantwell, Sana Zehra

12.00 pm–1.00 pm - Andy Price to introduce Truth Legal and their association with PCU

Q&A with Truth Legal to discuss your legal rights at work, including impacts of COVID-19

(Please send in your questions in advance to ; we will also be taking questions on the day)

1 pm- 2 pm Lunch Break (Chat rooms will be open for discussion)

2.00 pm – 4 pm (including 3 pm tea break) In conversation with Susie Orbach

Juliet Lyons puts your questions to Susie Orbach (Please send your questions in advance to; we will also be taking questions on the day)

4.00 pm Any Other Business

4.30pm  Close

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