Election of Directors of Home Education Festivals

Background

From the beginning the people creating Heff have been committed to the festival being owned and run by the participants. That’s why we created the not-for-profit company Home Education Festivals to act as the festival promoter, rather than having one person doing that.

Home Education Festivals is currently run by a board of 5 directors who are elected for 3 year terms. One of the directors has reached the end of her term, and we have agreed to expand the board to 7 members. At the AGM during this year’s Heff there will be the opportunity to elect 3 new board members. We are looking for people who would be able to serve the Home Ed community in this way.

There is one board position available which is reserved for a young person aged 16 or 17 at the date of the AGM, or who will be 16 by 1st October when the term of the new directors starts. 16 is the legal minimum age for a director of a UK company. The other 2 posts are open to anyone who will be 16 by 1st October when the term of the new directors starts

So what does it mean to be a director of HEFF?

Like any other company the directors have a legal responsibility to ensure the company is run properly, has proper accounts, trades without getting into debt, and events comply with licencing, safety, child protection and other legislation.

The directors meet approximately every 2nd week throughout the year, via a conference call, to take decisions about policy and planning, and to oversee all the 100 or more volunteers who actually create each event. Directors are normally expected to take responsibility for one or more areas of planning according to their skills, and there is significant activity to be done between meetings. The existing board members have learnt on the job. Some of us had previous experience of running a business but none of us had run an event of significant scale before. We need people who are happy to work as part of a friendly team, take responsibility for their agreed areas of responsibility, be organized, and learn new skills as needed.

Do I get paid?

Directors are volunteers and not normally paid for their time, though they can claim expenses for travel and other items paid for on behalf of the festival.

I’m interested, what do I do?

Send an email to info@hefestivals.co.uk with contact details, and one of the existing directors will be in touch to check you meet the legal criteria to be eligible, and answer any questions you may have. It would also be helpful if you could prepare up to 500 words that we can publish on this website together with a picture. This should tell people something about your background, and what you want to bring to the job. Director nominations will close 4 weeks before the date of the AGM.

This isn’t for me but I’d like to help in other ways

It is absolutely NOT necessary to be a director to volunteer and help with the organization of events, and we’d encourage anyone who thinks they have useful skills to offer, who does not want to be a director, to get in touch by sending an email to info@hefestivals.co.uk