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Publishing Scotland AGM 2022

PUBLISHING SCOTLAND
Scott House, 10 South St Andrew Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2AZ

1st November 2022

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2022

PUBLISHING SCOTLAND
SC317586
(the “Company”)

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company for 2022 will take place on Wednesday 14th December 2022, 1.30pm for the purpose of transacting the following business:

1. Minutes
To receive and approve the Minutes of the previous AGM held 25 November 2021. (Resolution 1)

2. To receive and adopt the Financial Statements, including the trustees’ report for the year ended 31 March 2022. (Resolution 2)

3. To re-appoint the auditors, Wylie and Bissett of 168 Bath St, Glasgow, G4 2TP and to authorise their remuneration. (Resolution 3)

4. To approve the appointment and co-option of trustees. (Resolution 4)

5. Other Business
To transact such other business as may be properly transacted at an AGM.

The meeting will be hybrid. When you register you will be sent a zoom link if you don’t want to attend in person

RSVP ESSENTIAL
If you are able to attend, please rsvp to enquiries@publishingscotland.org.

Marion Sinclair
Company Secretary
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD


Proxy Notice
A member of the Company who is entitled to attend, speak or vote at the above-mentioned meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy, who need not be a Member of the Company, to attend, speak or vote in his/her place. Proxies may only validly be appointed by a single notice in writing which:

(a)   States the name and address of the person appointing the proxy;
(b)  Identifies the person appointed to be that Member’s proxy and the general meeting in relation to which that person is appointed;
(c)   Is signed by or on behalf of the Member appointing the proxy, or is authenticated in such manner as the Directors may determine;
(d)  Is delivered to the Company prior to the commencement of the general meeting in relation to which that person is appointed.

The Proxy Notice may specify how the proxy is to vote (or that the proxy is to abstain from voting) on one or more resolutions.

A Member who is entitled to attend, speak or vote at a general meeting remains so entitled in respect of that meeting or any adjournment of it, even though a valid Proxy Notice has been delivered to the Company by or on behalf of that Member.

An appointment under a Proxy Notice may be revoked by delivering to the Company a notice in writing given by or on behalf of the person by whom or on whose behalf the Proxy Notice was given.

The notice in writing should be sent to enquiries@publishingscotland.org


Consolidated accounts

Our most recent consolidated accounts can be downloaded as a PDF: consolidated accounts 2020-21.

Publishing Scotland’s Articles of Association

Adopted by Special Resolution dated 9 December 2015

Publishing Scotland was incorporated in 2007. Its Articles of Association (PDF) were amended in 2015.

Annual Report 2020-2021

Our most recent annual report can be downloaded as a PDF: annual report 2020-2021.

Publishing Scotland’s Board

As from November 2021, Fiona McParland will serve her second term of three years as network representative and Treasurer. The Publishing Scotland Board has up to 12 members: five directors drawn from the publisher membership; two from the network membership; and up to four co-opted members plus the Chief Executive. The Board meets approximately four times a year.
 
According to our revised Memorandum and Articles of Association, any directors who have served for a period of three years shall retire from office at the AGM but shall then be eligible for re-election for a further three years.   

There is provision to co-opt up to four Board members from outside the publishing sector.


The current Board (as from November 2021)

  • Kate Gibb, Canongate Books (PUBLISHER): Chair
  • Fiona McParland, APS (NETWORK): Treasurer
  • Davinder Bedi, BookSource (CO-OPTED)
  • Simon Brown, Anderson Strathern (CO-OPTED)
  • John MacPherson, Bright Red Publishing (CO-OPTED)
  • Chani McBain, Floris Books (PUBLISHER)
  • Ann Crawford, National Galleries of Scotland Publishing (PUBLISHER)
  • Laura Jones, 404 Ink (PUBLISHER)
  • Samuel McDowell, Charco Press (PUBLISHER)
  • Miriam Rune, Miriam Rune PR (NETWORK)
  • Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland

Full biographies of the board can be found here.

There are also various sub-committees and steering groups

Trade and Marketing Sub-committee

  • Fiona Brownlee, Brownlee Donald Associates
  • Naomi Farmer, Edinburgh University Press
  • Suzanne Kennedy, Floris Books
  • Kirstin Lamb, Barrington Stoke
  • Jethro Lennox, HarperCollins
  • Nadine Luchsinger, Canongate Books
  • Ceris Jones, Sandstone Press
  • Gavin MacDougall, Luath Press

Training Sub-committee

  • Ann Crawford, National Galleries of Scotland
  • Susan Pacitti, Glasgow Museums Publishing
  • Caroline Gorham, Canongate Books
  • Caro Clarke, Portobello Literary
  • Kay Farrell, Sandstone Press
  • Gillian Macrosson, Witherbys
  • Elaine Reid, Floris Books

Audit and Risk Committee (and Staff Sub-committee)

  • Kate Gibb (Chair), Canongate Books
  • Simon Brown, Anderson Strathern
  • Davinder Bedi, BookSource

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee

  • Laura Jones (Chair), 404 Ink
  • Aisling Holling, Canongate Books
  • Jeda Pearl, Scottish BPOC Writers Network
  • Jenny Kumar, Literature Alliance Scotland
  • Nathaniel Kunitsky, Knight Errant Press
  • Nyla Ahmad, Scottish Book Trust
  • Sally Polson, Floris Books
  • Susannah Butler, Edinburgh University Press

International Publishing Fellowship Steering Group

  • Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Associates
  • Fiona Brownlee, Brownlee Donald Associates
  • Andrea Joyce, Literary Agent
  • Alan Bett, Creative Scotland
  • Kirstin Lamb (2020), Barrington Stoke
  • Allan Cameron (2020), Vagabond Voices

Scottish Books International Steering Group

  • Alan Bett, Creative Scotland
  • Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Associates
  • Sophie Moxon, Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Marion Sinclair, Publishing Scotland

Future/Horizon-Scanning Group

  • Kate Gibb, Canongate Books
  • Katy Lockwood Holmes, Floris Books
  • Rosie Howie, Hodder Gibson
  • Davinder Bedi, BookSource

Environmental Sustainability Group

  • Robert Lovell, Scottish Mountaineering Press
  • Katy Lockwood Holmes, Floris Books
  • Davinder Bedi, BookSource
  • Andrew May, Publishing Scotland

BookSource

  • Kate Gibb, Canongate Books
  • Katy Lockwood-Holmes, Floris Books
  • John Mitchell
  • Marion Sinclair, Publishing Scotland
  • Jonathan Williams, Cicerone Press

Constitution

Publishing Scotland is a registered charity (SC009404), governed by a main Board of Trustees with responsibility for overall policy setting and financial matters. We are also a company limited by guarantee (SC317586).

Funding

Publishing Scotland acknowledges the generous support from Creative Scotland, and is also funded partly by annual subscriptions from the membership, and by earned income from activities and revenue from the trading subsidiary, BookSource.