Appointment of the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.225  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

From:        BSA <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 9, 2016 at 10:35:15 AM EDT

Subject:    Appointment of the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association

 

Later this year I will be standing down as Chair of the British Shakespeare Association. These are exciting times for the BSA and we really need your help and support to grow the organisation and further its mission. With this email, I am initiating the search for the next Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Board has developed a transparent process and the role will be advertised widely to ensure that we have the best possible field. A full description of the process is attached and the text of the advert is copied below for those of you unable to open the attachment. Please give the role serious consideration and pass the advert on to anyone who you feel has the skills and experience to lead the BSA. I am hoping that I will be able to introduce the next Chair at the Biennial Conference in Hull later this year.

 

Best wishes

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Chair of the Board of Trustees

 

The Board of the British Shakespeare Association is looking to appoint a new leadership team from September 2016 onwards. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Board of the BSA during the year of Shakespeare’s quartercentenary and help take the BSA forward. 

 

We are committed to equality of opportunity for everyone and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background.

 

Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association

The Board of the British Shakespeare Association is looking to appoint a new leadership team from September 2016 onwards. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Board of the BSA during the year of Shakespeare’s quarter-centenary and help take the BSA forward.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for everyone and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background.

 

About the BSA

The BSA was founded in 2002 with a mission to bring together academics, teachers, theatre practitioners and other people who work with Shakespeare’s texts into a professional association. In 2007, the BSA was incorporated as a charitable company limited by guarantee with a commitment to educate the general public about Shakespeare and his works. The BSA typically has around 300 paid up members and over 1000 members on its database. Members pay an annual subscription fee of £25 although there are also concessionary rates and since 2014 all Schools-based members have been given free membership. The BSA’s flagship event is its Biennial Conference, which brings together Shakespeareans from all of its communities to discuss latest research and the most recent insights into teaching and performance. Between conferences, the BSA runs a number of other events, most notably an annual Honorary Fellows event. We appoint two Honorary Fellows a year  - past Fellows include Stanley Wells, Chris Grace, Janet Suzman, Cicely Berry and John Russell Brown. The BSA is also associated with two publications: Teaching Shakespeare, a journal edited by Sarah Olive and published through the BSA; and Shakespeare: the Journal of the British Shakespeare Association, which is published by Routledge and is considered to be one of the best academic journals on Shakespeare in the world. The BSA also has a website, www . britishshakespeare . ws, through which news relating to Shakespeare and the BSA is disseminated.

 

About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (which is also a Board of Directors) is made up of: 4 Officers, 6 elected Trustees, and 3 ex officio Trustees representing the Shakespeare Institute, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Routledge Journal. Three committees also report directly to the Board: the Events Committee, the Fellowship Committee and the Education Committee. The Chairs of these Committees are appointed by the Board and are entitled to attend Board meetings, but can only vote if they are also Trustees. The Board meets three times a year, usually in Stratford-upon-Avon, and holds one Annual General Meeting. As well as overseeing the various activities of the BSA, the Board is responsible for ensuring good governance and for ensuring compliance with auditing requirements for Companies House and the Charity Commission. The Board’s work is governed by three documents: its Articles of Association, the Rules of the BSA, and the Financial Procedures of the BSA. Meetings typically last 2-hours and currently follow a standing agenda.

 

Chair

  

The Chair of the British Shakespeare Association is also the Head of the British Shakespeare Association. The main duty of the Chair is to ensure that the charitable object of the BSA, to educate the general public about Shakespeare’s works, is being fulfilled by its activities. The Chair is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BSA and for working with the Board to set its strategic priorities. This person chairs meetings of the Board and reports to it. The Chair also manages the Officers of the Board (the Treasurer, the Membership Officer and the Web and Communications Officer) and the Chairs of the Board’s Committees to ensure that they are working effectively towards furthering the BSA’s charitable objects. The Chair also chairs the Annual General Meeting.

 

The Board is looking for someone who is committed to the BSA’s vision and is able to work across its different communities in ways that bring them together into a positive and dynamic association.

 

Essential Criteria

1.  A natural negotiator and diplomat who is able to collaborate with other members of the Board and make the most of their talents

2.  A good strategic thinker who is able to balance risk and opportunity to help the BSA grow

3.  An effective leader with good communication skills and the ability to articulate a clear achievable vision for the BSA

4.  Experience of chairing meetings and effectively following up agreed actions

5.  Willing and able to act as the public face of the BSA

6.  Either a long-standing member of the BSA who has demonstrated a commitment to its values or substantial equivalent experience of a cognate charity

7.  IT-literate

 

Desirable

8.  An experienced Chair and/or a Trustee of a charity

9.  Pro-active in using modern technology to engage members

 

As Chair, you will also be a trustee and consequently cannot stand for the Board if you are disqualified from being a trustee either by law or under the constitution of the BSA. For more details on eligibility criteria for trustees, please see this document: https://www . gov . uk/government/publications/finding-new-trustees-cc30/finding-new-trustees

 

The deadline for applications is 15th July 2016. Shortlisted candidates for the Chair will be invited to an informal meeting with the current Board followed by an interview with a panel. This will be held in Stratford during the second week of August.

 

To apply, please send a letter of application, a CV and the names of two referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the appropriate deadline.

 

For an informal discussion about any of these roles please contact Stuart Hampton-Reeves, the outgoing Chair of the Board, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Registered Charity No. 1123867

Registered Company No. 6446230 

www.britishshakespeare.ws

 

 

Professor Stanley Wells Knighted

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.224  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Thursday, July 7, 2016

Subject:     Professor Stanley Wells Knighted

 

Professor Stanley Wells, CBE knighted in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours

 

http://whatsonlive.co.uk/news/professor-stanley-wells-cbe-knighted-in-the-queens-90th-birthday-honours/33951

 

https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/about-us/news-media/press-releases/professor-wells-knighted/

 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is pleased to announce that its Honorary President, Professor Stanley Wells, CBE, has been awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.

 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is pleased to announce that its Honorary President, Professor Stanley Wells, CBE, has been awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.

 

The knighthood is bestowed on Professor Wells in recognition of his services to Shakespeare scholarship.

 

One of the world’s foremost Shakespearians, Professor Well’s distinguished career with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust spans over forty years , first, from 1975,  as representative trustee of the University of Birmingham, later as a Life Trustee and Chairman (1991- 2011). He is also Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, former Vice-Chairman and now Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trustee of the Rose theatre, and a member of the Council of Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

A prolific and successful writer, speaker and broadcaster, Stanley is General Editor of the Oxford and Penguin editions of Shakespeare and has written and edited numerous books and other publications on Shakespeare’s life and works. The leading voice of Shakespeare studies, he speaks at numerous conferences and other events, sharing his passion for Shakespeare all over the world.

 

Speaking about the award, Professor Wells says: “I am delighted to receive this honour. I feel myself most fortunate in having been able to spend so much of my life in the company of Shakespeare and of those who admire and enjoy his works. Throughout my career as teacher and scholar I have enjoyed and benefitted enormously from collaborating with fellow scholars from all over the world, and I hope they will share my pleasure in receiving this award.”

 

Peter Kyle, Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We are delighted to hear that Professor Wells’s outstanding services to Shakespeare have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the Birthday Honours List. Stanley’s knighthood comes at a particularly wonderful time in the year marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s creative legacy. We offer him the warmest congratulations on this very prestigious honour.”

 

Professor Stanley Wells CBE, Honorary President, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

 

One of the world’s foremost Shakespearians, Stanley Wells is a Life Trustee and Former Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (1991-2011), Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, of which he was for many years Vice-Chairman. He holds a Ph. D. of the University of Birmingham, is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and of University College, London and holds honorary doctorates from Furman University, South Carolina, and from the Universities of Munich, Hull, Durham and Warwick, Marburg and Craiova.

 

His books include Literature and Drama; Royal Shakespeare: Studies of Four Major Productions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Modernizing Shakespeare’s spelling; Re-editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader; and Shakespeare: the Poet and his Plays. He edited A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, and The Comedy of Errors for the New Penguin Shakespeare and King Lear for the Oxford Shakespeare. He was for nearly twenty years the editor of the annual Shakespeare Survey, and writes for the New York Review of Books and many other publications. He has edited The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies and is General Editor (with Gary Taylor) of The Complete Oxford Shakespeare, co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion and General Editor of the Penguin Shakespeare. His most recent books are Shakespeare in the Theatre: An Anthology of Criticism; The Oxford Dictionary of Shakespeare; The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (edited with Michael Dobson);Shakespeare For All Time; Looking for Sex in Shakespeare; Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Coffee with Shakespeare, both co-authored with Paul Edmondson; Shakespeare & Co.; Is It True What they Say About Shakespeare?; Shakespeare, Sex, and Love; Great Shakespeare Actors, and William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction. Together with Paul Edmondson he has edited Shakespeare Beyond Doubt and The Shakespeare Circle for Cambridge University Press. 

 

Stanley Wells was elected The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's first Honorary President in June 2011.

 

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Professor Stanley Wells CBE knighted in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours

 

http://whatsonlive.co.uk/news/professor-stanley-wells-cbe-knighted-in-the-queens-90th-birthday-honours/33951

 

Leading Shakespearean and Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Professor Stanley Wells has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list.

 

Among the world’s foremost Shakespearean scholars, Wells’ distinguished career with the Birthplace Trust spans over 40 years, beginning with his position as representative trustee of the University of Birmingham in 1975. He later went on to become a Life Trustee, and chaired the organisation for 20 years between 1991 and 2011, after which he was elected its first Honorary President.

 

As an academic, Wells has a long-standing relationship with Stratford’s Shakespeare Institute, part of the University of Birmingham, which awarded his Ph. D. He is now Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the university.  A prolific writer, speaker and broadcaster, his work has earned him international renown, and in addition to his professorship at Birmingham, he also holds honorary doctorates from Furman University in South Carolina, and from the Universities of Munich, Hull, Durham, Warwick, Marburg and Craiova. He is an Honorary Fellow of both Balliol College, Oxford and University College London.

 

Known for his performance-focused approach to editing Shakespeare’s plays, Wells is also Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where he formerly served as Vice-Chairman.

 

Said Wells: “I am delighted to receive this honour. I feel myself most fortunate in having been able to spend so much of my life in the company of Shakespeare and of those who admire and enjoy his works. Throughout my career as teacher and scholar I have enjoyed and benefitted enormously from collaborating with fellow scholars from all over the world, and I hope they will share my pleasure in receiving this award.”

 

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Explanation (Yet Again)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.223  Thursday, 7 July 2016

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Thursday, July 7, 2016

Subject:     Explanation (Yet Again)

 

Dear Subscribers,

 

It seems as if I am making far more explanations for interruptions in service than I would care to. But it does seem like now a longer explanation is in order.

 

On December 30, 2015, I had two damaged nerves to my foot decompressed. This has been the only of the six surgeries I have had in the past six months that was directly related to the Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 2, medical issues I have had for the past almost thirteen years. 

 

The remaining surgeries were because of stiches pulling out and skin grafts not taking. Every time I had another surgery, the size of the wounds on the top of my foot increased. It also seemed that every time I have taken one of my trips to England, I have had these problems flare up. 

 

These surgeries have been very painful and I have been on powerful opioid anti-pain medications. The combination of the pain, the need to keep my foot elevated, the need to have non-weight bearing on the right foot, and the opiates have rendered me incapable of editing SHAKSPER. I have mostly lost the last six months of my life, and I have much, much that needs to be done.

 

My surgeon wants me to see an infectious disease specialist and to have hyperbaric treatments. I have been trying to put these off so that I can catch up some.

 

At the end of July and into the first weeks of August I am going to be in London and Stratford for the theater (any recommendations for the London theater productions are welcome) and for the Shakespeare World Congress. However, there should not be a problem during these three weeks since I will have Internet access and will be bringing my laptop.

 

My next trip to England when I will be without Internet access will be in September. I will notify everyone then of the interruption ahead of time.

 

My apologies, but this has all been out of my control.

 

Hardy

 

 

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