Notice of myaware ballot of members of Trustees and Proposed adoption of new Articles of Association

Notice is hereby given of the annual myaware ballot of members for Trustees and of special resolutions to adopt new myaware articles of association in the form displayed on the myaware website.

We are delighted to propose two new Trustees; Dr Isabel Leite, Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford; and Dr Saiju Jacob, Consultant Neurologist at the University Hospitals of Birmingham and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Both have a special interest in myasthenia and we are delighted that they have put their names forward to work with myaware.

The proposed new articles are to enable the charity to change to Foundation status, the key features of this change are:

  • the Trustees will be the only company members
  • the new requirement for Trustees to be at least 18 years old, be a signed up volunteer and have a clean Standard DBS Disclosure, to be renewed every three years
  • the new nine year limit (subject to waiver in individual cases) on Trustees holding office, with time starting to run from 2018
  • the new right for Trustees to remove a Trustee where it is in the best interests of myaware to do so

If the new articles of association are adopted, that is to say if resolutions 1 and 2 are passed by the requisite majorities, any person, who at the time of the ballot, is a member of the company will cease to be a member of the company (unless that person is also a Trustee, in which case he or she will continue to be a member) and will consequently cease to be bound by or entitled to enforce rights under the company's articles of association, and cease to be entitled to rights as a member of the company under the Companies Act 2006 or at common law.

Electronic voting papers have been published and you have until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday 29th March to cast your vote.

You will see that in addition to the ballot for appointment of new Trustees, you are asked to vote for two special resolutions, the first on which all of the members vote and the second being voted on by the membership 'class', which excludes the Trustees. This is in order to meet the requirements of the Companies Act. The adoption of the new articles will only be effective if both of the two special resolutions are passed.

The results will be published on the myaware website at on Tuesday 3rd April.

If you would prefer to receive a hard copy ballot paper and supporting documents, please contact us to request this and we will post them out to you to be completed and returned by Thursday 29th March. To arrange this, please email [email protected] or telephone 01332 290 219.

When you vote you will need to refer to your myaware membership / reference number which was indicated on the letter notifying you of this ballot.

You can read the draft articles of association here

You can vote in the ballot by clicking here

The bios for the proposed new trustees are below

Dr Saiju Jacob

Saiju Jacob did his early neurology training at the Atkinson Morley’s/St George’s Hospital in London, later moving to the West Midlands where he completed his specialist training. He
did a neuromuscular / neuroimmunology fellowship at the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis was on the clinical, immunological and neurophysiological aspects of myasthenia
gravis, which was partly funded by the Myasthenia Gravis Association. He is currently a Consultant Neurologist at the University Hospitals of Birmingham and is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, where he looks into various neuroimmunological aspects of peripheral and central nervous system disorders. His current active research interests include autoimmune encephalitis, stiff person syndrome, Susac’s disease and myasthenia gravis, including clinical trials in myasthenia. Outside work he loves travelling and has an interest in amateur photography.

Dr Isabel Leite

Isabel is a senior clinical research fellow and honorary consultant neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Her main area of interest is myasthenia gravis, in particular those with AChR or MuSK antibodies. Isabel is keen to train the next generation of neurologists and regularly teaches medical students, postgraduate students and junior doctors. Outside medicine, Isabel likes to spend time with her family and is passionate about music.