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:
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!
I first saw Beltane as a teenager and became mesmorised by the noise of the drums and the sight of the fire. I then jumped into the madness in 2014 and have taken part ever since and have been involved with Torchbearers (twice as the Group Organiser), the Aerie, Contact Point & Fire Point. Outside of Beltane, I currently work for Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as Finance Officer (Business Support) and have worked previously for an Edinburgh based charity COMAS and volunteered with the Institute of Fundraising, LEAPS and the British Heart Foundation.
After acting as Treasurer last year, where I was ensuring our policies and procedures were fit for purpose, I am now looking at how we diversify our revenue streams via a new fundraising approach. I will also be looking at our sustainability, both as an organisation and at each festival, helping to support our Family events team and assist the contracted Comms Officer. I am also aiming to develop our engagement with the public and other organisations and will generally be assisting other board members as required.
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.
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