Haywood resigns from NBA

National Beef Association (NBA) director Kim Haywood resigned from her role earlier this week ahead of the association’s reconvened annual general meeting.

Haywood, who had been suspended in October pending an investigation into her conduct, said that she had decided to seek new opportunities elsewere. Her resignation came the day before the NBA met for its AGM, which had been adjourned in October after the association’s entire board resigned and a review committee was set up to consider the way forward for the organisation.

Commenting on her decision, Haywood said: “I was completely dedicated to and worked hard for the Association over a successful seven year period and was shocked by the decision, which was made soon after the AGM on October 20th, especially when there was such an important job to do with the restructuring of the organization.

“However, given the shift in circumstances, I feel it is better to move on from the NBA. I wish the Association well in the future. It is an ambitious organisation with the potential to be influential at many levels and I hope it succeeds in securing its many aims.”

NBA chairman Hamish McBean, said: “Kim has served the NBA for a great many years, during which a huge amount has been achieved and we have grown from strength to strength. I am sure I speak for the whole organisation in thanking Kim for her hard work and I too wish her every success in the future”

McBean added that the reconvened AGM it had been a positive experience, which allowed the organisation to “draw a line” under last year’s disastrous meeting. “With it now well and truly behind us we can focus even more fully on the task in hand – rewriting the Articles of Association and Rules that the NBA will operate by in the future, ensuring we are a transparent and democratic organisation that serves our loyal membership,” he said.

The reconvened AGM was preceded by a meeting of the NBA regional chairmen in which a draft of the new NBA Articles of Association was discussed and ideas put forward for the Rules to accompany the Articles. Regional chairmen will now discuss this further with members within their regions, before a second draft is made and all members consulted before the 2012 AGM, planned for early this summer.

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