For the first time in Mardi Gras history the company chair will not deliver his own report and will not be present at the organisation’s annual general meeting.

Documents obtained through the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show David Imrie, who announced he would not seek re-election last month, resigned from his post effective Monday, August 3.

Imrie will not be able to present his director’s report and will not be available at the meeting to answer questions from the floor.

On Friday August 7 company secretary Peter Munro confirmed inquiries about Imrie’s position from Sydney Star Observer. Munro said he was unaware of the reasons for [Imrie’s} decision and unable to comment.

Steps have continued this week to formalise the resignation and we will be communicating with members shortly in relation to this issue, he said.

On Friday afternoon, after questions from SSO, members were notified of the resignation via New Mardi Gras’ electronic newsletter.

Imrie announced weeks ago that he would not seek re-election at this year’s annual general meeting.

In an interview with SSO just after he announced his decision not to re-stand he said he intended to stay on until after the AGM on August 19. He has since cited work commitments as his reason for missing the meeting.

I have 16 days overseas and interstate for work commitments between August 1 and 20, he said.

I thought it was best to hand over the final weeks to the current directors and resign a couple of weeks ago rather than waiting till the 19th.

He said he was unconcerned about how members might react to his failure to appear.

No, not concerned -” we’ve received plenty of feedback, positive and negative, public and private, Imrie said in the written statement.

Community discussion suggests Imrie would have faced lengthy and intensive questioning at the AGM over the organisation’s decision to split the 2010 parade and party over two weekends.

Board director and creative issues sponsor Tony Knight will instead present the chair’s report at the annual general meeting next week.

Munro said it would be the first time this had happened in NMG history.

From time to time directors have been unable to deliver their reports, he said, citing the example of the 2008 treasurer’s report, but the chair’s report has been delivered by the chair at each of the company’s AGMs.

info: The New Mardi Gras annual general meeting will be held at NIDA on August 19 from 6pm.

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