Annual General Meeting 2019

Monday 29 April 2019

Westminster Kingsway College, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD

Time: 6.15pm
Price: There is no charge for members to attend the meeting or the reception, but we make a nominal charge of £10.00 per person for guests.

Event Information

Registration 6pm
Meeting begins 6.30pm
Drinks and food 7.30pm to 8.45pm


Guests are more than welcome to join us for the reception but please note that only members may attend the meeting itself.

At this years AGM our President, Xanthe Clay, and Vice-president, Clarissa Hyman, both step aside and hand over the reigns to a new dynamic duo who will be introducing themselves on the night. 

After the business of this year’s AGM, we’re delighted that Guild member Niki Segnit is going to give a short talk that Niki has entitled, 'The food writer who fell to earth'. Niki will be talking to us about how her books – the Guild award-winning The Flavour Thesaurus and recently-released Lateral Cooking – came about, and engage in a Q&A with members. It promises to be a fascinating insight into how these books were written and received.
 
We would love members attending the AGM to bring along a dish of food to share. It could be something that uses flavour partnerships from The Flavour Thesaurus, or something inspired by Lateral Cooking, or anything else of your choosing. All we ask is that it comes ready to be served, and can be safely served at room temperature as we won't have facilities for chilling / reheating.
  
Please get in touch with Guild co-chair Angela Clutton (angelaclutton@yahoo.co.uk) if you’d like to bring along a dish to share.

There will be plenty of wine to accompany the food. 

RSVP to Guild administrator Jonathan Woods (jonathan@gfw.co.uk).
 
Agenda for Meeting
  1. President’s welcome – Xanthe Clay
  2. Minutes of 2018 AGM
  3. Secretary’s report – Sam Bilton
  4. Treasurer's report and presentation of accounts – Samuel Goldsmith
  5. Chairs’ report – Angela Clutton and Genevieve Taylor
  6. Resolutions
  7. Results of committee election
  8. Any other business

 

The Annual General Meeting

It is important that as many of you as possible attend the Annual General Meeting. This is the opportunity for you, as members of the Guild to hear what has been happening during the last twelve months, for you to express views on Guild policies, and to raise issues that are of importance to you.
 
The Annual General Meeting has two other key purposes:


Debating and voting on resolutions proposed by members

If you have any resolutions for consideration at the meeting, please complete the relevant part of the form below and email it to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (jonathan@gfw.co.uk) by Monday 8 April 2019.


The election of new Committee members

This year we have four vacancies on the Committee. Committee members are expected to attend at least six meetings per year. Meetings take place on average once a month, in central London, and tend to be about two hours long. Travel expenses (within reason) for attendance at meetings are paid for committee members from all parts of the UK.

Three members have completed their four-year term on the committee and one member has stood down so we are looking for four new committee members this year. 
 
Members of the Guild committee are responsible for all the Guild's activities from the awards and workshops to the website and newsletter and this includes everything from organisation to finding sponsors. 
 
To nominate someone or stand for election yourself, please complete the relevant part of the form below and email it to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (jonathan@gfw.co.uk) by Monday 8 April 2019.

If you would like to learn more about what is involved in serving on the Committee, or about any of the tasks detailed here, please contact our Chairs, Angela Clutton (angelaclutton@yahoo.co.uk) and Genevieve Taylor (gen@genevievetaylor.co.uk) or any other member of the Committee.

 

Attending the Annual General Meeting 

Please note: Under Rule 33 of the Guild's Constitution only fully paid-up members may attend the Annual General Meeting. If your subscription has not been paid please send remittance of £85 with this form as soon as possible.
 
To confirm your attendance at the Meeting and to book a place for the reception afterwards, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk. Places for the reception are free for members and £10 for any guest; there are two ways to pay:

  • Bank transfer: The Guild's bank account is:
    HSBC Esher Branch
    Account name: The Guild of Food Writers
    Sort code 40-20-26
    Account number: 21142607
    Please quote your name as the reference when making a payment.
  • By cheque: Please send a cheque, made payable to the Guild of Food Writers, to:
    Jonathan Woods
    The Guild of Food Writers
    255 Kent House Road
    Beckenham
    Kent BR3 1JQ.

 

Elections to the Committee

There are four vacancies on the committee this year.

If you would like to nominate a new committee member, or stand for election yourself, please complete and email the nomination paper below to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (jonathan@gfw.co.uk).

Nominations should reach the administrator no later than Monday 8 April 2019.

If there is to be an election, ballot papers will be sent to members by Monday 22 April 2019. Members can also vote in person at the Annual General Meeting. Officers will be elected at the first committee meeting held after the AGM.


Nominations for election to the Committee of the Guild of Food Writers at the Annual General Meeting 2019

Name of nominated person (please print name): 

Proposer (please print name): 

Seconder (please print name):

Candidates are asked to write two short statements:

  • One detailing their qualifications and interests and the roles that they think they could fulfil on the committee
  • Another detailing their views about the Guild and the issues that they regard as being most important to the Guild at the present time

 
As the form indicates, candidates are constitutionally required to have a proposer and seconder, both of whom are fully paid-up members of the Guild. Please contact Angela Clutton or Genevieve Taylor for further information or clarification.

This form and the statements should be emailed to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (jonathan@gfw.co.uk).


Resolutions

If you have any resolutions for consideration at the AGM please email them to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (jonathan@gfw.co.uk) to arrive no later than Monday 8 April 2019.

Notice of resolutions will be sent to members by Monday 22 April 2019.

Amendments to resolutions must reach Jonathan Woods no later than Friday 26 April 2019.

Resolutions must have a proposer and a seconder, and both parties must be fully paid-up members of the Guild.


Resolutions for the Annual General Meeting 2019

Resolution: 







Proposer (please print name):

Seconder (please print name):

This form should be completed and emailed to the administrator, Jonathan Woods (jonathan@gfw.co.uk).

Getting to this Event

Westminster Kingsway College, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD

The AGM will be held at Westminster Kingsway College at their Victoria Centre, westking.ac.uk/contact-us/information-locations/victoria-centre/. The nearest tube station is Victoria (Circle, District and Victoria Lines). For help planning your journey go to tfl.gov.uk.