On Saturday 9 December, NEPOMAK UK held its Annual General Meeting at the Cyprus High Commission in St. James Square, London. During the AGM, NEPOMAK UK reviewed the previous term (Dec 2015 – Dec 2017), elected a new committee for Dec 2017 – Dec 2019, and planned some key initiatives for 2018.

While reviewing the previous term, NEPOMAK UK President Harry Charalambous, said that 2016 and 2017 have been two very successful years for NEPOMAK UK and thanked the committee for all their hard work. Harry also thanked Raphael Gregorian, who was NEPOMAK UK President in 2016, for his leadership during his term.

Upon being re-elected as President, Harry expressed his excitement at the future of the organisation: “as a committee we eager to continue to grow and connect young Cypriots here in the UK. I am certain that we’ll build on the achievements of the last two years and drive the organisation forward. I am particularly proud that our organisation has a strong presence in cities around the UK and that is reflected in having multiple committee members in Birmingham, Manchester and Wales.”

The NEPOMAK UK Committee for the period Dec 2017 – Dec 2019 is as follows:

Harry Charalambous (President), Christos Tuton (Vice-President), Mary Savvides (Secretary), Constantine Alexandrou (Treasurer), Antonia Michaelides (NEPOMAK Global President), Andrew Savvides, Antony Levendi, Christina Tsangaris, Constantine Raphael Georgiou, Despina Lazarou, Elle Zacharia, George Yiakoumi, Georgie Taylor, Gregory Demou, Maria Lazarou, Nethie Savva, Nicholas Nicou, Pietra Asprou, Raphael Gregorian, Raphael L Jordanou, Stephanos Ioannou, Xenios Matjilla.

The following coordinators were also elected for 2018 as follows:

Christina Tsangaris (Newsletter), Constantine Raphael Georgiou (Cyprus Action Team), Elle Zacharia (Press), George Yiakoumi (Graphics Design), Georgie Taylor (Graphics Design), Maria Patronas (Social Media), Nicholas Nicou (Young Professionals), Pietra Asprou (NDCP).

With an average age of just 23, this is one of the youngest NEPOMAK UK committees ever elected and brings together young diaspora Cypriots from all areas, backgrounds and experiences.

Xenia Koumi, NEPOMAK UK President in 2015, has left the committee as she pursues other interests. NEPOMAK UK wants to thank Xenia for her outstanding contribution over several years and hopes that she will continue to attend our future events. Another notable departure from the committee is Georgios Michaelides, who has been heavily involved in NEPOMAK UK ever since he moved here from South Africa. We would like to thank Georgios for all he achieved in his time in NEPOMAK.

After the elections, Antonia Michaelides (NEPOMAK Global President) addressed the AGM and updated those present on the latest global NEPOMAK developments. Most notably, applications for NEPOMAK’s flagship summer programmes for those aged 18-30, NDCP and NCCT, will be opening imminently. More information about these opportunities can be found on www.nepomak.org

Following the Global update NEPOMAK held several workshops to discuss the strategy and upcoming initiatives of NEPOMAK UK. These workshops focussed on the newly elected coordinator roles; increasing the reach of NEPOMAK UK; upcoming social events; and upcoming networking events.

The President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, Christos Karaolis, was also in attendance to support the Federation’s youth wing.

NEPOMAK is run day-to-day by 150 volunteers. We run activities in over 40 cities globally, directly reaching 15,000 young Cypriots around the world. We are always looking for more enthusiastic, driven, young individuals to help develop our organisation. By getting involved, our members have the chance to learn new skills, challenge themselves and develop life-long friendships. Sign up as a member with your local organisation today or email [email protected] for more information.