Old blood and new faces in prominent roles

by Steven Scott — 22nd January 2023.

JK Middle 2019 - Jen Leonard JK Middle 2019 - Jen Leonard

Jen Leonard was re-elected today as FVO President for 2023, as she became the first person to serve two non-consecutive terms in the lead role.

Jen's first term was cut short by COVID-related health issues, but we're delighted to have her back at the helm once again in what promises to be a major year for the club in its 50th year of existence.

Outgoing president Jon Cross delivered an enthralling annual report, with successes noted right across the board, while Andy Llewellyn's financial report highlighted that income was at an all-time high with several major events organised, and that much of the profits had been re-invested in the club in terms of equipment, maps and a significant development programme.

Jon and Andy were joined in stepping back from committee duties by Fixtures Secretary Chris Smithard, but there is some continuity in leadership, as Paul Hammond was re-elected as Club Secretary, along with John Heaton, Neil Polwart and Steve Scott as general members.

Jen is joined on the committee by Dave Godfree, who will serve as Treasurer, and Holly Stodgell in a general capacity. One of the general members will serve as Vice President following the first meeting of the new committee.

Brian Bullen was a worthy recipient of the Jim Heardman Trophy, for exceptional service over an extended period, after years of event organisation, planning and controlling at a high level, which have included planning not one but two World Championships (1999 and 2015).

Brian wasn't present at the AGM to receive his award, but in typical unassuming style, he was “in the field” at Culbin, checking the map ahead of his controller duties at this summer's Scottish Six Days.


Brian Bullen, Scottish Six Days 4, Creag Choinnich (c) Wendy Carlyle

Brian Bullen, Scottish Six Days 4, Creag Choinnich (c) Wendy Carlyle

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