Annual General Meeting (AGM)

On 17 May 2018 The British Standards Institution held in Chiswick, its 116th Annual General Meeting.  The Royal Charter sets out that each year the Company must hold a meeting  at which Subscribing Members vote to receive the accounts for the previous financial year, re-appoint the auditors, re-elect  directors and also vote on certain other matters when required.  

The AGM notice and related papers are posted at least 21 days before the date of the meeting to ensure that Members have sufficient time to consider the items of business. Members can send in proxy votes but, for those who can attend, It is a great opportunity to meet the Board and management of BSI in person.

This year, to ensure Members are fully informed, Howard Kerr provided a presentation on the 2017 accounts and the prospects for the current year and Scott Steedman provided an update on the work of BSI in the world of standards called ‘Strengthening the capacity of the UK standards system'. After the formal business of the meeting the Members had a chance to pose some challenging questions to the Board before refreshments and the opportunity to discuss matters in less formal surroundings.

Download Howard Kerr's presentation (PDF) >

Download Scott Steedman's AGM presentation (PDF) >

The company counts all proxy votes and indicates at the Annual General Meeting the proxies lodged on each resolution where they have been dealt with on a show of hands.

View details of the resolutions considered at the 2018 AGM.

All resolutions put to the Members at the 2018 AGM were passed unanimously on a show of hands.

Details of the proxy voting received by the company for the 2018 AGM are set out in the table below:


Proxy votes given to the Chairman For  Chairman's discretion Against Abstain
Resolution 1
To receive the Annual Report and Financial Statements
for the year ending 31 December 2017
63 14 1 1
Resolution 2
To re-elect Craig Smith as a member of the Board in accordance with Bye-law 9 
64 14 1 0
Resolution 3
To re-elect Alison Wood as a member of the Board in accordance with Bye-law 9 
64 14 1 0
Resolution 4
To re-appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company's auditors
57 14 5 3
Resolution 5
To increase the fees of the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
as set out in the Notice of Meeting
42 14 14 9