The organisation and governance of the Festival has developed over time and now has a two-tier structure: The Council of Management (Charity Trustees) and The Festival Society Committee (Elected by Festival Members at the Annual AGM).
Council of Management: this consists of up to 11 directors/trustees who hold the overall responsibility of ensuring that festival activities and finances are correctly delivered. They ensure we comply with the statutory requirements laid down by the Charity Commission and Companies House. This includes safeguarding the festival’s aims, objectives and overall artistic integrity. Ensuring use of the charity’s resources is properly planned and managed. Exercising sound judgement and as far as possible managing risks by putting safeguards in place.
Membership includes the Festival Society Chairman, members of Festival Society Committee, local people appointed for their particular expertise and the Festival Treasurer and Company Secretary. Trustees give freely of their time and do not receive any remuneration.
Festival Society Committee: the day to day running of festival activities is the responsibility of the Festival Society committee which is made up of 15 elected members (see below). Responsibilities include planning, organising and delivering events; marketing; tickets sales and working with partners and local venues.
The committee raises money for the festival through the membership fees received from Friends of Bewdley Festival, tickets sales, grants, sponsorship and donations. It also runs a 100 Club and organises events, including the annual ‘Eat Bewdley’ raffle which serves to highlight the wealth of good restaurants, cafes, food outlets, growers and chefs in the area.