The Beltane Fire Society (BFS) is a registered charity, based in Edinburgh. We have a board of trustees who are volunteers, elected by our members each year at our annual general meeting (with additional members coopted throughout the year if needed, by vote of the board themselves). They are responsible for making sure BFS delivers on its charitable aims, that we comply with all the requirements placed on us, and help oversee the smooth running of the charity and our festivals.
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The board meet regularly to make key decisions. You can read minutes and agendas for board and other BFS meetings if you’d like get a sense of discussions, or email us at board[at]beltane[dot]org for more information. You can also see details about us as a charity (including our annual accounts) on the website of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
Our 2019-20 Board of Trustees:
BRADLEY MCARTHUR, CHAIR
I have been involved with Beltane Fire Society since 2014, having taken part in each festival since I joined and have gotten to have roles in various groups such as; the Torchbearers (twice acting as the Group Organiser), the Aerie, Contact Point, Fire Point, No Point and then Press Liasion. After working in the Treasurer role and then the Fundraising & Income Generation role, I have now been blessed to take on the role of Chair for a society I am hugely proud to be a part of! This year I hope to ensure the processes the board are using are the best for the charity and that we improve our sustainability so that we can let the world enjoy another 30 years of spectacular fire!
Outside of BFS, I currently work for an INGO supporting fragile states around the world, my specific portfolio being South East Asia. I also have another trustee role with ArtSquat, a young arts charity in Edinburgh. I have previously worked for charities such as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and COMAS, and also volunteered for others like LEAPS and the British Heart Foundation.
SHAE DUNSMORE, VICE-CHAIR
I was first introduced to BFS through a passion for drumming, becoming a processional drummer in Beltane 2016. I quickly fell in love with the Beltane community and eagerly returned in Samhuinn as a torchbearer (finally getting over my fear of fire!).
Outside BFS I’m currently on the board for another organisation called Glasgow Drum Circle (GDC). Over the years with GDC I have managed lottery-funded projects, acted as treasurer, taught rhythms and led drum crews in a wide variety of performances. Other notable experience includes my previous stint as an events officer for a large public sector organisation and, back in my uni days, being a board member for the university’s Pagan Society.
For the rest of the board term I will be providing systems admin support to the board, sharing knowledge on governance, and generally mucking in to help make this Beltane the best one yet!
NEIL BARTON, TREASURER
After several festivals as a photographer, I am very excited to join the board as Treasurer to ensure the best financial management for the charity.
ALEX NUTTGENS, SECRETARY
I’ve been a performer, steward, and organiser in the Beltane Fire Society for going on 15 years now. In the BFS I’ve met loads of amazing and interesting people, mastered skills which I never imagined I’d be able to and learned quite a few other things about life on the way. It’s been a bit of a blast, and by joining the BFS Board I’m hoping to give something back.
Outside of Beltane I’ve been a director and software developer for a tech startup then a platform developer for a large charity. Currently I’m developing a social media platform and generally trying to encourage use of digital in the Third Sector. As volunteer secretary I support volunteers to find the right groups to join as they seek to participate in our festivals, and keep track of the relevant details.
TOM WATTON, QUARTERMASTER
Having been involved with Beltane Fire Society for years, having even served as the Event Coordinator before, I am glad to be part of the board. I am willing to get stuck in whatever work needs done to support the community and helping manage our offices and storage spaces effectively.
I have been involved with the Society on and off over the years and am glad to serve both on the Board and as one of the Blues, helping to support our community and act as a bridge between our trustees and dedicated volunteers.
I’ve been involved with BFS for about a year and a half now – as a Steward and at Samhuinn 2019 as one of the Steward GOs. I’ve been an advocate of volunteering for most of my life and have been involved in the third sector for pretty much the entire time I’ve been in the UK – since autumn 2003. I am an experienced trust fundraiser and now participate as an expert speaker at fundraising conferences.
As someone who has immigrated a few times (I’m from Canada originally), I’m fascinated by the cultures of the countries I’ve lived in and Scotland is no different. I think it’s really important for people to understand how their culture came about and the traditions celebrated by the Beltane Fire Society exemplify this.