Equity council to feature 15 new faces

Equity has announced the full results of its 2012 elections, which have seen 15 changes on the union’s ruling council – around a third of the total seats.

There are six new members elected to the general list: Anna Carteret, Stephanie Cole, Jonathan Coy, Nick Fletcher, Belinda Lang and Brodie Ross. There are also new representatives for audio artists (Laurence Bouvard), minority ethnic members (Mark Holden), stage management (Adam Burns), stunt performers (Chris Webb), walk ons (Paul Kirby), Scotland (Isabella Jarrett), south east area (Michael Branwell), theatre directors (Di Christian) and Northern Ireland (Louis Rolston).

The council has been left with one vacant seat – in the chorus and ensemble section – because only one person stood for election when there are two seats available. This will mean that the number of members on council has fallen from 46 plus president to 45 plus president.

The elections have seen a drop in the number of women on council from 25 to 20. Meanwhile, the number of seats taken by Representative Group members has fallen from 29 to 23, while there are now only four representatives of the Members’ Group on council. The average age of the council remains static at 57.

Jean Rogers, who failed in her bid to become president, was the most popular member on the general list, clocking the highest number of votes – 2,432.

Meanwhile, Joan Blackham, Lynn Farleigh, Doreen Mantle, Graham Padden and Jeffry Wickham were elected to the Appeals Committee and Sylvia Alexander-Vine, John Carnegie, Robert Mill, Graham Padden and Geremy Phillips were elected to the Standing Orders Committee.

Around 12% of the Equity membership voted – in percentage terms the same as the turn out at the last elections in 2010.

The first meeting of the new council will be on July 24.

The results follow the announcement earlier this week that Malcolm Sinclair has been re-elected for his second term as Equity president.

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