SERBIAN COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2022
Due to the Tube strike on 1 March which is expected to close down all tube lines and cause severe disruption to other travel we have decided to hold AGM by ZOOM instead of at the Rochet Acton Pub.
The Annual General Meeting for the Serbian Council of Great Britain
Tuesday 1st March 2022, 7pm – ZOOM event
Please find a ZOOM link below.
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Meeting ID: 835 9017 7326
Members and non- members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting to find out about the work of the Serbian Council over the past year and to learn about future projects.
2. Minutes of the previous AGM
3. Matters arising
4. Project reports: Serbian Month, Serbian Month Catalogue, Serbian Language and the Round Table
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Election of Officers and Management Committee members
7. Questions, comments and proposals from members
8. Any Other Business
If you would like a copy of the minutes of last year’s meeting before the meeting please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also share them at the meeting.
The members standing for available positions are:
Officers of the Serbian Council of Great Britain
a) Chair, Olga Stanojlović
b) Secretary, Maya Jordan
c) Treasurer, Ivan Miletić
Members of the Management Committee
a) Maya Milanković-Atkinson
b) Dr Žika Petrović
c) Zvezdana Popović
d) Lazar Vuković
SCGB Management Committee
Olga Stanojlović, MBE – Chair
Born in Wiltshire in 1954 to émigré Serbian parents, Olga completed a history degree and teacher training at the University of Warwick. Soon afterwards, she joined the British Council, where she was Director of Education in Schools at the time of her early retirement in 2010. For her outstanding achievements in developing relations with Africa and Eastern Europe and in the field of education, she was awarded an MBE in 2001. She is trustee of a number of charities and organizations including the Father Nikolich’s Settlement Trust, the Ladies Guild of the Serbian Orthodox Church, The British Serbian Benevolent Fund, The Thames Festival and is a non-executive director of the Big Ideas Company. She has led the Council’s work on the Serbian language, represented the SCGB on the Round Table Working Group, filled the post of Secretary over a number of years and been Chair since 2015. Olga is a founder member of the SCGB.
Maya Jordan – Secretary
Maya, a pianist, holds a Masters Degree in Music from the Academy in Belgrade along with a PG Certificate from the London College of Music. Maya’s performing career has been broadened through her interest in bringing together music and musicians from different countries. She settled in Britain in 1996 and was one of the co-founders of the project ‘Sounds of the Balkans’. Since then, Maya was the Artistic Director for numerous events and projects promoting Serbian culture and encouraging artists of different origins to work together. At present she is co-founder / Director of the ‘Around the Globe Music & Arts’ and the Programme Director of the ‘Serbian Month in Great Britain’. Maya has also been involved in numerous charity projects (including ‘Magic & Toys’, ‘Ada Art’) in aid of Serbian people and children. Maya is a founder member of the SCGB and has been Secretary for last 5 years.
Ivan Miletić -Treasurer
Born and raised in Belgrade and arrived in the UK in 2007 having spent ten years in New York City, US. Ivan has studied at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Belgrade University where he has obtained a Master’s degree in Aeronautical engineering. Since 1998 he has been working on projects in Engineering, Financial and Business hosting, expertise in Banking and Exchange hosting and networking in all 3 regions EMEA, Americas and Asia. Ivan has been the Treasurer of the Serbian Council of Great Britain, at different times for 9 years.
Members of the Management Committee
Maya (Marija) Milanković-Atkinson
Born in Belgrade in 1947, Maya graduated BSc in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics of Belgrade University and she completed her MSc at the City University Business School in London. In 1974 Maya moved to London where she worked in education as lecturer, in Computer Science in Further and Higher Education in a number of institutions, including Middlesex University. Her work especially in the latter part of her career was dedicated mainly to international work. Whenever possible she promoted collaboration with Serbian Universities. She retired in September 2007.
Over the many decades, Maya has taken part in activities organized by different individuals and organizations of Serbs in the UK such as the ‘Serbian Information Centre’ during the 1990s, the Peace in the Balkans meetings in the House of Commons, the initiation of the Serbian Council, and numerous cultural events. She has been on the Serbian Council Management Committee for a number of years, chaired the Round Table and from 2016 – 2019 was one of the two Round Table UK & I representatives.
Maya would like to help inform Serbian people of all aspects of their cultural heritage, history and language of which they need to be proud – because knowledge frees people. Maya wants to encourage Serbian people to keep their faith, language, traditions pass them to their children, leaving them with an option to return to Serbia
Dr Žika Petrović
Born in 1959 in Skopje, Macedonia Zika went to school and medical school in Belgrade. After completing medical school Zika worked as a specialist in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Military Medical Academy, Belgrade from 1986-89 and then in a similar capacity at the Institute for Digestive Diseases, University Clinical Centre, Belgrade from 1989-93. Zika then moved to Malta in 1993 where he worked as a specialist in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care until 1996 after which he moved to Britain and took up the post of Registrar in Anaesthetics, East Kent Hospitals Trust, UK from 1996-2002 and then Anaesthetic rotation, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London from 2002-07. His final post before retiring from the NHS in 2020 was as a Consultant Anaesthetist, Medway NHS Trust, 2007-2020. Zika has been President of British-Serbian Medical Association (BSMA) from 2015.
Born in 1958 in Osijek, where she graduated in Literature at the Pedagogical Faculty, Zvezdana continued her postgraduate studies at the Philosophical University in Zagreb. She worked as a teacher of literature for twelve years in Osijek.
In 1992 she arrived, with her baby, as refugees to London and stayed.
In 2007 she completed her MA in Museums and Galleries in Education at Institute of Education, London. From then on, Zvezdana has been researching the roles of women in the Great War, particularly those in medical missions. As a direct result of her passionate interest and research, we are organizing annual memorials for the heroines of foreign medical missions who risked their lives in Serbia during the Great War.
Zvezdana has been working in Kensington and Chelsea libraries since 2009.
Lazar is a British born Serb (1986), raised and educated in the United Kingdom. A keen sportsman having played professional basketball in the UK and comes from an Accounting & Finance background.
Lazar is a entrepreneur with companies in Marketing, Real Estate, Distribution and Entertainment.
He currently serves as a board director of Lifeline Humanitarian organisation and is a trustee of the Serbian Orthodox estate in Corby.
Recently he directed and produced Boycie in Belgrade a documentary exploring the love for the best British Sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’ in Serbia, which led to the late John Challis gaining Serbian citizenship.
He has devoted his time and contributed to the Serbian Council of Great Britain especially on the Website update, Serbian Council of Great Britain Youth Award & a SCGB Youth Forum (RT).