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Management Council

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

: 01772 799429

Catherine Linch

Deputy Chairman
: 01568 617620

Al Brooks

: 01264 737214

Mike Abram

: 01223 226621

Olivia Cooper

Events & Sponsorship
: 01392 840009

Jane Craigie, FBGAJ

Scottish Region Organiser; IFAJ representative
: 01466 780078

Jamie Day

Awards Secretary
: 01727 836924

Peter Hill, FBGAJ

Subscriptions Manager (non-executive member of Council)
: 07739 287268

Clive Rainbird

Charitable Trust liaison
: 07971 119950

Liz Snaith, FBGAJ

Membership Secretary and Midlands Region secretary
: 01743 344986

Caroline Stocks

Member Communications - Social Media
: 07792 726487

Johann Tasker

Member Communications Secretary
: 01206 263807


The work of the Management Council is supported by:


Nikki Robertson

General Secretary
: 07584 022909

Lord Curry of Kirkharle CBE


Adrian Bell, FBGAJ

ENAJ representative
: 020 3637 6636

Peter Ryder, FBGAJ

Print Bulletin Editor
: 01473 251 991

Julie Mate

Professional Development Secretary
: 01948 667742

Geoff Dodgson, Reader in the Diocese of Ely

Honorary Chaplain
: 07710 379561


Nikki Robertson

07584 022909


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