Annual General Meeting

All Cochrane members and supporters are invited to attend Cochrane's 2017 Annual General Meeting.

The aim of the Annual General Meeting is to provide the opportunity for Cochrane's trustees (the Governing Board) and senior officers to explain their management of the charity. It also provides members with an opportunity to ask questions before voting on business decisions and current issues, which are put to the vote as 'resolutions'.

All members are entitled to vote on AGM resolutions. You are entitled to vote even if you are not attending the meeting.

DATE: Thursday 14 September 2017
TIME: 18:00-20:00 local time (GMT+ 2, check your time zone)
LOCATION: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa


Please let us know if you’re planning to attend the AGM in person.


Eligibility to vote:
This is the first AGM to be held under Cochrane's new Articles of Association and now, for the first time, every member has a vote!

All Cochrane members have been contacted with details about their membership. If you are unsure about your membership status, please contact

In order to vote, you must be able to log in using an active Cochrane account username and password. To log in to an existing Cochrane account or set up a new one, please go to and follow the directions provided. If you have questions about your membership status, please contact

How to vote on the resolutions in the agenda:
All members are entitled to vote online in advance of the meeting. You are entitled to vote even if you are not attending the meeting.

If you are attending the AGM in person you may choose to vote online in advance or during the meeting itself. In all circumstances, to vote on these resolutions listed in the agenda, at the time of voting you must have access to a device connected to the internet.

If you are voting at the meeting:
Review the Agenda and Proposed Resolutions, which includes guidance about what you’re voting for and why. Remember to bring an internet-connected device to the meeting, and complete your votes before the close of voting at the AGM, which will be approximately 19:30 local time. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are voting in advance of the meeting:

Votes arising at the meeting and nominating a proxy:

It is unlikely, but possible, that discussions in the AGM lead to the Chair of the meeting calling for an additional vote by members. This may be decided in the meeting by a show of hands, unless there is a request by members for a formal poll, in which case at the discretion of the Chair of the AGM a further electronic vote will be arranged to take place after the meeting, so that all members may participate.

If you can’t join us at the meeting, you may nominate a proxy to cast a vote on your behalf in case an additional vote by hands of those present is held. This would normally be the Chair of the AGM, but you may nominate somebody else if you choose. You can do this on the voting page up to 48 hours before the start of the meeting. Your proxy does not have to be a voting member.