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Dear Poetry Society Member,

Please see below a message from Laura Bamford, Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Poetry Society.

The Board of Trustees of the Poetry Society can be contacted via email:

Dear Members

The venue for our Annual General Meeting on 14 September is St-Giles-in-the-Fields Church, 60 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LG. 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Please RSVP to this email if you intend to come along.

As stated at last month's EGM, Members will elect a new Board at this meeting (the current Board will resign as Trustees at the end of the meeting). We therefore require Poetry Society Members to nominate candidates they believe will be suitable candidates to sit on the new Board. 

Nominations should be made by completing the Nomination form, which requires the signatures of three Poetry Society members, along with confirmation that the candidate is willing to act as a Trustee and able to attend approx 5 meetings per year in central London starting at 5pm. A CV is also required.

The forms must arrive at the Poetry Society, by post or via, by Thursday 18 August. Mark your correspondence as ‘Trustee nomination’.

The nominee names will then be added to our website and sent to Members on 26 August, along with full details on the voting process, including proxy votes for those unable to attend the AGM in person.

NOTE:The Poetry Society Board consists of up to 14 Trustees, 12 of whom must be elected and a further 2 who can be co-opted onto the Board if required. Those receiving the maximum number of votes are elected. Society members can vote by proxy or by attending the meeting. If the number of nominations does not exceed or is equal to the number of vacancies then each candidate shall be deemed appointed.

Trustees currently on the General Council:

Laura Bamford (Acting Chair), Emma Bravo, Duke Dobing, Alan Jenkins, Anne Jenkins, Wendy Jones, Barry Kernon, Jacqui Rowe, Jacob Sam-La Rose, John Simmons.

The Poetry Society's Board should collectively provide a mixture of skills, experience, qualities and knowledge appropriate to the needs of the Society and its Members. We encourage applications from candidates with any one of the following range of skills or experience and to indicate this expertise on the Nomination form:
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Governance
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Business Planning
  • Communications/PR
  • Education
  • IT and social media
  • Previous experience in the public/voluntary sector; within the literature sector of arts organisations; audience development
  • Existing Members and Stanza Reps
  • Prior experience as a Trustee.
  • A demonstrable interest in all aspects of poetry, including written, studied, spoken, electronic, and performance is essential.
The Poetry Society is over 100 years old and is a very successful organisation with a small, highly professional, dedicated team based in London. This team is passionate to see poetry and poets thrive, throughout the UK, in all media, addressing all age groups. This is a challenging time for all publicly funded organisations and the Poetry Society will require a skilled and very committed team of Trustees to steer it through the coming months and years. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us.

Laura Bamford, Acting Chair
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