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Briefing Note for Trustees

Wigtown was designated Scotland’s Book Town in 1998 and since then the Wigtown Festival Company (WFC) has organised an annual book festival at the end of September, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is now a major annual event and is considered a strategic festival for Scotland, receiving funding from, amongst others, Creative Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council and Event Scotland.

It has grown into an organisation which delivers arts events across the Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) region throughout the year, with a range of projects and events which support the streams of activity including audience development and access; children and young people; and writer and sector development. In 2018 the WFC was awarded the Sunday Herald Cultural Event of the Year and in 2019 was the Scottish Thistle Award National Winner for Innovation in Tourism. Further details of the activities of WFC can be found on our website (www.wigtownbookfestival.com).

WFC is both a charity and company limited by guarantee with an annual turnover that has grown to nearly £600k/annum. WFC has a Board that meets four times a year, and an Executive Committee which meets monthly. There are currently two subcommittees: a new Business and Finance subcommittee, which meets four times per year prior to Board meetings, and a more established Shop subcommittee. Trustees would attend the Board meeting and, as appropriate, would be invited to become members of subcommittees. For some projects and activities a Trustee may be invited to take on the role of project sponsor, to provide a level of governance support. Trustees can attend meetings in person or via the internet.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please send an outline CV to chair@wigtownbookfestival.com. If you would like a more detailed discussion about the role, or the activities of the Wigtown Festival Company, please send an email to the above email address and we will arrange for someone to call you.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Sunday 5 May at 5pm.

Briefing Note for Treasurer

Wigtown was designated Scotland’s Book Town in 1998 and since then the Wigtown Festival Company (WFC) has organised an annual book festival at the end of September, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is now a major annual event and is considered a strategic festival for Scotland, receiving funding from, amongst others, Creative Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council and Event Scotland.

It has grown into an organisation which delivers arts events across the Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) region throughout the year, with a range of projects and events which support the streams of activity including audience development and access; children and young people; and writer and sector development. In 2018 the WFC was awarded the Sunday Herald Cultural Event of the Year and in 2019 was the Scottish Thistle Award National Winner for Innovation in Tourism. Further details of the activities of WFC can be found on our website (www.wigtownbookfestival.com).

WFC is both a charity and company limited by guarantee with an annual turnover that has grown to nearly £600k/annum. WFC has a Board that meets four times a year, and an Executive Committee which meets monthly. There are currently two subcommittees: a new Business and Finance subcommittee, which meets four times per year prior to Board meetings, and a more established Shop subcommittee. The Treasurer would be a member of the Executive and would chair the Business and Finance subcommittee. Members can attend in person or via the internet.

We wish to recruit a financially qualified Trustee to assume the role of Treasurer for WFC. This person should have experience in working with small organisations of the size of Wigtown Festival Company.  We are making this appointment on the retirement of our long-serving Treasurer, who is willing to provide clarification and guidance for the incoming Treasurer.

The Treasurer has a role to ensure that financial responsibilities are met and that the processes in place are appropriate for an organisation the size of Wigtown Festival Company (WFC). There are two key members of WFC staff with financial, budgetary and fundraising responsibility, with whom the Treasurer will work; these are the Operational Director and the Artistic Director. These and other employees undertake day-to-day financial responsibility, and regular financial oversight responsibility is shared with other Board members.

Review the full Treasurer role description here (.docx download).

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee and Treasurer, please send an outline CV to chair@wigtownbookfestival.com. If you would like a more detailed discussion about the role, or the activities of the Wigtown Festival Company, please respond to the above email address and we will arrange for someone to call or meet with you.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Sunday 5 May at 5pm.