The Swedenborg Society is governed by a Council of up to twelve elected Trustees who are also Directors. This includes a Chairperson, a Treasurer and a Vice Chairperson. The governing Council usually meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1.30pm. The Society also has a wide range of subcommittees that advise the Council. 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.
For a free booklet from the Charity Commission regarding Trustee Guidelines click the link below.
Our President is the international author and former Mexican Ambassador to the Netherlands, Switzerland and UNESCO, Homero Aridjis.
Described by City Lights as one of Latin America’s greatest living writers, Homero has written over 40 books including 18 volumes of poetry, 16 novels, numerous plays and several books for children. 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 are Del 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 Clézio.
THE TRUSTEES OF THE SWEDENBORG SOCIETY 2020
CHAIR: Dr David Lister
VICE CHAIR: Alan Lewin
HONORARY TREASURER: Alec Morley
Dr Kristin King
Revd Ethan McCardell
Revd Alan Cowley