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Management Council

Nikki Robertson
07584 022909
Nikki Robertson

The Guild is managed by a Council of 11, who are apppointed Directors of the Guild by Members at the Annual General Meeting (usually held in March), and are supported by the President and General Secretary.

The Directors are elected to represent the interests of Members, Friends and Retired Members of the Guild, deal with routine management matters and organise events of interest and value. The full Council typically meets four times a year at The Farmers Club in London in addition to holding one or more online meetings and attending the AGM.

The legal basis of the Guild as a Company Limited by Guarantee is detailed in the Articles of Association, which can be inspected here.

In addition, the Byelaws that define additional rules concerning membership and management of the Guild are available here.

The Guild Council's senior officers are the Chairman and Deputy Chairman, who each serve a two-year term, and the Honorary Treasurer.

Each Director/Council member serves a term of no more than three years before they must either stand down or seek re-election at an Annual General Meeting. Under a rule introduced in 2011, they may serve for another two years before compulsorily standing down for 12 months, after which they can seek re-election if they wish. Members can be invited to attend Council meetings in an advisory, non-executive role.

Honorary Members

The Council can bestow Honorary Membership on anyone who is not a Guild member but has been of special service to the Guild, such as President.


A Fellowship (FBGAJ) honours members who have given the organisation outstanding support and service. The five longest-serving Fellows of the Guild are appointed Senior Fellows; they are entitled to receive Council meeting minutes and to attend Council meetings if they wish.

Senior Fellows
Peter Ryder
Eddie Gillanders
Godfrey Brown
George Thomson


Council Members

Ben Briggs
Telephone Number : 01772 799429
Catherine Linch
Deputy Chairman
Telephone Number : 01568 617620
Al Brooks
Telephone Number : 01264 737214
Mike Abram
Telephone Number : 01223 226621
Olivia Cooper
Events & Sponsorship
Telephone Number : 01392 840009
Jane Craigie, FBGAJ
Scottish Region Organiser; IFAJ representative
Telephone Number : 01466 780078
Jamie Day
Awards Secretary
Telephone Number : 01727 836924
Peter Hill, FBGAJ
Subscriptions Manager (non-executive member of Council)
Telephone Number : 07739 287268
Clive Rainbird
Charitable Trust liaison
Telephone Number : 07971 119950
Liz Snaith, FBGAJ
Membership Secretary and Midlands Region secretary
Telephone Number : 01743 344986
Caroline Stocks
Member Communications - Social Media
Telephone Number : 07792 726487
Johann Tasker
Member Communications Secretary
Telephone Number : 01206 263807
The work of the Management Council is supported by:
Nikki Robertson
General Secretary
Telephone Number : 07584 022909
Lord Curry of Kirkharle CBE
Adrian Bell, FBGAJ
ENAJ representative
Telephone Number : 020 3637 6636
Peter Ryder, FBGAJ
Print Bulletin Editor
Telephone Number : 01473 251 991
Geoff Dodgson, Reader in the Diocese of Ely
Honorary Chaplain
Telephone Number : 07710 379561

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