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It’s great to see you all here again this year.
I want to start by saying an enormous thank you to Niki Molnar, who is standing down after an excellent year as your Chairman.
Niki, it’s been a great pleasure working with you and we are so grateful for all the work you’ve done.
Thanks to Pauline Lucas, President and ex-Chairman, for her continuing work with the CWO, helping to find women to stand for public life at all levels.
Also thanks to deputy Chairman Thalia Openshaw, who is also stepping down after three years.
And a huge congratulations to Katy Bourne who is stepping up to the role of Chairman.
Four inspirational women. And a fitting way to begin, since our theme today is ‘inspiring women’.