With the continued uncertainty regarding the spread of COVID-19 infections in the winter, and to enable our increasing international membership to take part, we’re pleased to be able to continue our plans for an Annual General Meeting by holding it both online and in-person this year. Electronic voting will be possible during the meeting, but proxy voting forms are available for those unable to attend the live event. We look forward to being able to hold our regular AGM in 2022 and seeing you there.

Dr Campbell Price, Chair

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If you have any questions that you would like to raise at the AGM, then please email them to [email protected] in advance. 

*members will received printed versions in the mail with EA61. 

Agenda

1. To receive the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
2. Treasurer’s Report
3. Director’s Report
4. To receive the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022
5. To approve the reappointment of Sayer Vincent LLP as Independent Examiners until the end of the next Annual General Meeting and to authorise the Board of Trustees to fix their remuneration
6. That the Articles of Association be amended expressly to permit the Society to hold virtual and/or hybrid meetings, including AGMs, as set out in the Explanatory Memorandum.
7. To (re-)elect the following Members of the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the Board:
     7.1 to elect Dr Roba Ashraf Abdelbadie
     7.2 to elect Dr Jennifer Cromwell
     7.3 to elect Dr Abeer Eladany
     7.4 to re-elect Dr Penelope Wilson
8. To elect Prof Doris Behrens-Abouseif as President of the Society

By order of the Board
Dr Carl Graves, Director
16th September 2022

NOTE: A member entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on his/her behalf. A Proxy need not be a member of the EES. In order to be valid, the form of proxy must be completed and returned to the Egypt Exploration Society, 3 Doughty Mews, London WC1N 2PG, or [email protected],  not later than 16:00 (UK) on Thursday 24th November 2022.

Under Articles 30 and 31 of the Articles of Association, at each AGM one-third of the Trustees are subject to retirement by rotation, or if their number is not three or a multiple of three, the number nearest to one-third, must retire from office. Anandh Owen and Dr Sami Sadek are retiring having served 6 years and are therefore not eligible for re-election. Luke Purser and Dr Violaine Chauvet resigned during the year and will not stand for re-election. Dr Penelope Wilson retires by rotation and offer herself for re-election. The Board has decided to extend Dr Katharina Zinn’s term of office for a final year under Article 37A in order to assist with the ongoing discussions about the Society’s collections and their relocation during the redevelopment of its premises. To fill the remaining vacancies, the Board recommends the appointment of two new Trustees, Roba Ashraf Abdelbadie and Abeer Eladany. Dr Jennifer Cromwell was appointed a Trustee by the Board on 18 February 2022 and under Article 35(2) is required to retire at the AGM; she also offers herself for re-election. In recommending them for election, the Board has taken into account their knowledge and skills and where applicable their contribution to date, as well as the overall balance of skills and experience that the Board requires.

Attendance 

During the year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022, there were 6 Board meetings. The attendance over that year was as follows, the brackets reflecting the number of meetings attended out of the maximum possible:

Dr Linda Steynor, Chair (5/5); Dr Campbell Price, Chair (6/6); Richard Ayre, Vice-Chair (6/6); Sue Preston, Treasurer (5/6); Dr Omniya Abdel Barr (5/6); Dr John Baguley (6/6); Dr Violaine Chauvet (5/6); Jenny Chong (1/1); Dr Jennifer Cromwell (1/1); Dr Anna Garnett (4/5); Elizabeth Glithero-West (1/1); Taco van Heusden (6/6); Dr Roberta Mazza (4/5); Anandh Owen (4/6); James Potts (1/1); Luke Purser (3/5); Dr Sami Sadek (4/6); Dr Penelope Wilson (6/6); Dr Katharina Zinn (5/6).


Explanatory memorandum for proposed amendments too the Articles of Association

Explanatory wording: amendments expressly to permit virtual and hybrid meetings

This resolution proposes to amend the articles of association expressly to permit the Society to hold virtual and/or hybrid meetings, including AGMs, and to make clear that proxy forms and AGM notices may be sent electronically.

The Trustees believe that virtual and/or hybrid meetings will allow for greater member engagement over the coming years in a way that is more convenient for all parties.

If the Trustees determine that a virtual or hybrid meeting is the most appropriate form of meeting in any circumstances, the Trustees will seek to comply with the Code of Best Practice produced by GC100 in order to ensure the meeting continues to fulfil its purpose of facilitating member engagement and scrutiny of the Trustees.

Explanatory wording: amendments relating to postponement of meeting for technical issues

If it appears to the Chair of the general meeting that an electronic facility has become inadequate for the purposes referred to in Article 13.3, then the Chair may, without having to seek the consent of the meeting given that this may not be practicable in the circumstances, exercise their rights to manage the meeting (for example, under the Society’s Articles) to pause, interrupt or adjourn the general meeting. All business conducted at that general meeting up to the time of that adjournment shall be valid. The provisions of Article 16.1 shall apply to that adjournment.

Further details of proposed changes


Statements from Trustee candidates

Dr Roba Ashraf Abdelbadie is a Lecturer in Accounting at the University of York and holds a PhD in Accounting & Finance from Newcastle University, as well as an MSc in Accounting, Finance, and Management from the University of Bristol. She completed her BSc in Accountancy at Asyut University, Egypt. In June 2021 Roba was awarded an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Her own research projects offer valuable insights suggesting that policymakers and regulators should consider the role of social connections between institutions in sustaining their financial stabilities.

 

Roba has lived in the UK since 2015 and is passionate about archaeology, Egyptology, and Islamic art. She is concerned that heritage remains at extreme risk in many areas of Egypt and serious action should be taken to save it. Roba was introduced to the EES during the global pandemic and was impressed with the Society’s commitment to explore and record the cultural heritage of Egypt. She is keen to dedicate her knowledge and expertise to supporting the EES.


Dr Abeer Eladany graduated from the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University, and then gained a postgraduate diploma and Pre-MSc degree from the Faculty of Tourism, Helwan University. She worked at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, for more than 10 years before travelling to Italy to study conservation of ceramics in Florence. She then joined the KNH Centre, University of Manchester, to study Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology where she achieved her MSc and PhD. In 2015, Abeer gained an MLitt in Museum Studies from the University of Aberdeen. In her current role as a curatorial assistant at the University of Aberdeen’s Museums and Special Collections, she promotes wider access to the museum collections. Abeer’s research interests are mainly related to human remains, the history of Egyptology, and Museology (particularly Ethics and Repatriation), and she has joined archaeological excavations in Egypt and in Scotland.

Abeer is an active volunteer for a wide range of charities ranging from community projects to heritage groups in the UK and is currently a Trustee for SHMU, a community media organisation and one of the core cultural organisations in Aberdeen. She is also a director on the Board of Trustees of Soundfestival a new music incubator based in north-east Scotland encouraging new music creation and discovery.

Abeer is a member of the Slavery, Empire and Scottish Museums steering group that has recently published recommendations following a large public consultation regarding how Scotland’s existing and future museum collections and spaces can better recognise and represent a more accurate portrayal of Scotland’s colonial and slavery history.


Dr Jennifer Cromwell is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She studied Egyptology at the University of Liverpool for her BA, MA, and PhD (focussing on Coptic legal documents from western Thebes in the 8th century CE), and before joining MMU in 2018 she held research positions at the University of Oxford, Macquarie University (Sydney), the University of Copenhagen, as well as the British Museum. Her research focusses on social and economic life in Egypt during the late 6th to 8th centuries CE, in villages and monasteries, and the study of Coptic papyri. From 2021–23 she is the principal investigator on a UK Research Institute-funded project, ‘Ancient History, Contemporary Belonging’ (with sociologist Dr Caitlin Nunn), which works with Manchester Museum, Sheba Arts, and migrant-background youth researchers (aged 16–24) in Greater Manchester to creatively explore the forced migration of ancient historical objects and what it means to ‘belong’.


Dr Penelope Wilson is an Egyptologist with a specialist interest in both philological research of Ptolemaic hieroglyphic texts and temples and Egyptian settlement archaeology particularly in the Northern Nile Delta region. She studied at Liverpool University for both her BA and PhD (on the Edfu Temple texts) and then worked as Assistant Keeper in the Antiquities Department of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Penny is now Associate Professor in Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, having joined the Department in 1999. She has worked on excavations and projects in Egypt including at Qasr Ibrim as epigrapher, at Naukratis, Tell el Balamun, Ashmunein, North Sinai and at Zawiyet Umm el Rakham with the Liverpool University team. As Field Director at the ancient capital city site of Sais (EES and AHRC funded) she has helped to uncover the archaeological potential of a highly important but ‘lost’ site. Penny is also Director of the Special British Academy Project the Delta Survey documenting many otherwise unknown sites in the Nile Delta. She joined the EES when at school and is honoured to serve as a Trustee when the Society looks forward to an interesting and dynamic future. Dr Penelope Wilson is an Egyptologist with a specialist interest in both philological research of Ptolemaic hieroglyphic texts and temples and Egyptian settlement archaeology particularly in the Northern Nile Delta region. She studied at Liverpool University for both her BA and PhD (on the Edfu Temple texts) and then worked as Assistant Keeper in the Antiquities Department of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Penny is now Associate Professor in Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, having joined the Department in 1999. She has worked on excavations and projects in Egypt including at Qasr Ibrim as epigrapher, at Naukratis, Tell el Balamun, Ashmunein, North Sinai and at Zawiyet Umm el Rakham with the Liverpool University team. As Field Director at the ancient capital city site of Sais (EES and AHRC funded) she has helped to uncover the archaeological potential of a highly important but ‘lost’ site. Penny is also Director of the Special British Academy Project the Delta Survey documenting many otherwise unknown sites in the Nile Delta. She joined the EES when at school and is honoured to serve as a Trustee when the Society looks forward to an interesting and dynamic future.


Presidential election

Professor Doris Behrens-Abouseif
From 2000-2014, Doris was the Nasser D Khalili Chair of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has published widely on the subjects of the history of Islamic architecture and decorative arts, urbanism,  waqf (pious endowments), Islamic cultural history, concepts of aesthetics and Orientalism and is regarded around the world as the authority on Mamluk Egyptian history. Her work has also considered the role of ancient Egyptian architecture and its incorporation into Islamic monuments as well as Medieval accounts of Egypt’s ancient past. Her grandfather was the Egyptian Egyptologist Hakim Abouseif (1889-1951), and she continues to explore her personal history through her research. 


Please note

You must be a Full Member to vote at the Annual General Meeting. If you have any questions that you would like to raise at the AGM, then please email them to [email protected] in advance. 

In-person attendance

A limited number of places are available to attend the AGM in-person from the London Office. if you would like to attend the event in-person then please notify Dr Carl Graves by email by 4pm on Thursday 24th November 2022.

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Online attendance

Register in advance for the meeting using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meetings have a limited attendance capacity, so please only sign up if you’re confident that you can attend. We recommend that you join our online events using a PC or laptop. You will have the oportunity to use your webcam and audio during the meeting if you wish and guidance will be provided at the start of the meeting. 

Please ensure that you have read our guide to attending EES online events before the event begins. This event will not be recorded.