INSP welcomes new board members

INSP welcomed the election of two new board members on Friday, when Thiago Massagardi of OCAS and Tim Harris from Real Change were voted in by members at the network’s 2015 Annual General Meeting.

Tim Harris has been serving on the board since November 2014, when he was board-appointed to the role. His position was confirmed in an election which also saw Brady Banks (The Contributor) and Brian Carome (Street Sense) put themselves forward.

Tim said: “INSP just keeps moving from strength to strength, and I’m thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary group of people to help build this amazing movement.  The best days for INSP are still very much ahead of us.”

Thiago added: “It was a great summit and I am really excited to be a member of the board.

“I am very glad for all the support I received from the people that were at the conference. For sure we have a lot of responsibility and a lot of work to do. I am very excited about it. I will do my best to contribute to INSP as much as I can and also to all the magazines around the world.

“This will be an opportunity to better know about the amazing projects in this network and to work together more closely.”

The AGM also saw Trudy Vlok stand down from the INSP board after six years of service. In an emotional speech she thanked her international street paper colleagues, adding, “You are all like family to me.”

INSP chief executive Maree Aldam said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Trudy Vlok for all her work over the past six years. We will miss her friendship and support and we wish all the very best for the future.

“We are really pleased to have had such strong candidates running for the board this year and I’d like to thank all of them for their interest in supporting our network. I am delighted to welcome Thiago as a new board member and I’m so pleased that Tim will continue working with us.

“Our current board – from the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Brazil and the USA – represent our incredibly diverse network and they will all bring different skills, perspectives and experiences to ensure that INSP delivers the best possible support to our network.”