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Management Council

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

Directors are elected to represent the interests of Guild Members, Retired Members and Friends; deal with 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 attending the Guild's AGM.

The legal basis of the Guild as a Company Limited by Guarantee is detailed in the Guild's Articles of Association. Additional rules concerning Guild membership and management of the contained in the Guild's Byelaws.

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.

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.

Our Senior Fellows are Arthur Anderson, Godfrey Brown, Denis Chamberlain and Eddie Gillanders.

 

Council Members

Baroness Mallalieu of Studdridge

President
 

Johann Tasker

Chairman
Email
: chairman@gaj.org.uk

 

Johann is an agricultural journalist specialising in agri-politics and structural change in UK farming. He is currently projects and podcast editor for Farmers Weekly.

Johann also edits the Guild's annual Yearbook – which contains details of the Guild's activities, awards schemes and training – and is a valuable directory of industry contacts.

 

Ben Pike

Deputy Chairman
Email
: deputy@gaj.org.uk

 

Ben is owner and director of Eve Communications – a marketing and communications consultancy he founded in 2016 for the food, farming, rural tourism and agribusiness industries.

A graduate with a degree in multimedia journalism from Manchester University, Ben previously worked for the Bridgwater Mercury before becoming the NFU]'s agricultural publications editor.

 

Clive Rainbird

Treasurer and Charitable Trust liaison
Email
: treasurer@gaj.org.uk

 

As the Guild's Honorary Treasurer, Clive endeavours to ensure the Guild's financial affairs are run prudently while working closely with other Council members to safeguard its finances.

Clive also have a liaison role with the BGAJ Charitable Trust – an independent charity helping agricultural communicators and their dependents who have fallen on hard times or into poor health.

 

Jane Craigie, FBGAJ

IFAJ Representative / Scottish Region Organiser
Email
: international@gaj.org.uk

 

Jane represents the Guild on the executive committee of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), which has 50 member countries. She is also the founder of Jane Craigie Marketing.

Jane's goal is for more Guild members to apply for the many travel opportunities offered via the IFAJ, the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) and the Guild's other international connections.

 

Olivia Midgley

Awards
Email
: awards@gaj.org.uk
Phone
: 07787 240750

 

Olivia has been a Guild member for more than 10 years and a member of Council for four years, with the last three spent as awards secretary. She is also deputy editor at Farmers Guardian.

With prize money totalling almost £15,000 annually thanks to generous support from our sponsors, the Guild's awards programme celebrates members’ talents for storytelling, photography and PR.

 

Tom Hunt

Events
Email
: events@gaj.org.uk

 

Tom looks after the Guild events, helping to ensure members have access to a full and enjoyable social calendar.

He is a director of ABC Communications, which provides PR, communications and marketing support – including planning, strategy and delivery of quality content – for agri-food sector businesses.

 

 

Gaina Morgan

Membership
Email
: membership@gaj.org.uk

 

Gaina looks after the Guild's membership enquiries, respond to people interested in joining the Guild.

 

 

Andy Newbold

Sponsorship
Email
: sponsorship@guild.org.uk

 

Andy is publisher and editor of Tillage & Soils, Precise, Agrimachinery.Trade and Cumbria Farm Business magazine. He publishes and edits Landwards on behalf of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

Andy runs the National Sprayer Demo and is event manager for the Tillage-Live and ScotGrass working demonstations.  Andy is a chartered agricultural engineer and past president of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

Andy is responsible for sponsorship of Guild activities and helps pull together the yearbook.

 

Rhian Price

Training & Development
Email
: cpd@gaj.org.uk
 

Rosie Williamson

Communications
Email
: communications@gaj.org.uk

 

Rosie is an account director at the agricultural PR and marketing agency, Pinstone, overseeing a broad range of food and farming clients.

Having grown up on her family’s mixed farm, Rosie went on to study agricultural business management at the University of Reading, before joining Pinstone as a graduate.

After three years, she moved on to pastures new – launching a website aimed at start-up rural businesses, but has since returned to the business to service and grow its broad client base.

 

Caroline Stocks

Communications
Email
: communications@gaj.org.uk
 

Liz Snaith, FBGAJ

Midlands region secretary
Email
: midlands@gaj.org.uk
 

Ex-Officio

The work of the Management Council is supported by:

 

Nikki Robertson

General Secretary
Email
: secretary@gaj.org.uk
 

Revd Geoff Dodgson, Honorary Chaplain

Honorary Chaplain
Telephone
: 07710 379561
Email
: geoff@dodgson.info
 

Peter Hill, FBGAJ

Council advisor
Email
: subscriptions@gaj.org.uk

 

Peter is a freelance journalist who specialises in technical and international trade topics relating to agricultural machinery.

A member of the Guild's management council for many years, Peter attends meetings in an advisory role to the directors, largely on matters relating to Guild rules and procedures.

Peter is a Trustee of the Guild's Charitable Trust member support body, and manages membership subscriptions and direct debits, which is a paid role.

 

Olivia Cooper

Council advisor
Email
: olivia@agri-hub.co.uk

 

Having spent several years on Guild Council, including two as chairman (2020-2022), Olivia now supports other Council members. She helps organise the Guild's annual Harvest Lunch, the Just Farmers spokespeople initiative and Agri-Influence Forum.

Olivia started her career at Farmers Weekly, runs her own agri-communications business Agri-hub from Devon and is managing editor of British Dairying.

 

Adrian Bell, FBGAJ

ENAJ Representative
Telephone
: 020 3637 6636
 

Enquiries?

Nikki Robertson

07584 022909

gajsec@gmail.com

 

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