The Swedenborg Society is governed by a Council of twelve elected Trustees who are also Directors. This includes a Treasurer and a Chairperson. The governing Council usually meets 4 times a year. The Society also has a wide range of sub-Committees that advise them. New candidates for election are proposed and voted-in at the Annual General Meeting.

The primary role of the Trustees is to help advise the Society on matters of strategy, governance and charity compliance. The day-to-day running of the Society is left to the executive management team.

The Society is currently looking for new Trustees with the following expertise:

  • Museum or Archival experience
  • Research
  • Finance & Accountancy
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology

If you are a current member of the Society with these skills, and are interested in becoming a Trustee, please send your CV to us. You are also invited to complete the attached form immediately below.

The Society aims to be open and transparent in its elections. Full details of candidates for election to the Council are published in the Annual Report. New members of the Council are fully briefed on their duties as Trustees. The governance of The Swedenborg Society is set out in its Articles of Association which can be obtained from the Society on request.

Click here for a free booklet from the Charity Commission regarding Trustee Guidelines. 

Trustee Application Form: 393.1 kb


Homero Aridjis

Described by City Lights as one of Latin America’s greatest living writers, Homero Aridjis has written over 40 books including 18 volumes of poetry, 16 novels, numerous plays and several books for children. He is also former Mexican Ambassador to the Netherlands, Switzerland and UNESCO. 

In 1966 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a distinction repeated in 1979, and he has won many other awards including the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize (1965), the Grinzane Cavour Prize (1992), the Prix Roger Caillois (1997), the Golden Key of Smederevo (2002) and the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Camaiore (2013). He has twice served as President of PEN International.

In 1985 he founded the Group of 100, an environmental association of prominent artists and intellectuals, that has included Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel García Márquez and Leonora Carrington, among many others. Since then he has become one of Latin America’s leading environmental activists. His most recent books areDel cielo y sus maravillas, de la tierra y sus miserias (poetry) Ciudad de zombis (a novel) and María la Monarca (a story for children). 

The Society recently published a small volume of Homero's poems entitled An Angel Speaks which includes an introduction by the Nobel Laureate J M G Le Clezio. Follow this link for more details.



Dr David Lister (Chair)

Alec Morley (Treasurer)

John Cunningham (Vice President)

Revd Frederick C Elphick

Patrick L Johnson

Revd Ethan McCardell

Revd Alan Cowley

Nigel Sutton

Andrew Bentley