An A-Z of FAQs
The Guild’s day-to-day Administration is looked after by Jonathan Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org). Should you have any queries in relation to the Guild’s activities, please direct them to him in the first instance, or to the relevant Committee member.
The Guild’s constitution requires us to hold an Annual General Meeting each year. We held our first virtual AGM in November 2020, due to the pandemic. The next AGM will be held in late 2021. It is free to attend, and must be attended by 7.5% of the Guild’s membership to be quorate. Should any changes need to be made to the Guild’s constitution, they can be voted on at the AGM.
The Guild of Food Writers Awards take place annually, usually in June, and will celebrate their 25th anniversary year in 2022. The Awards are judged by Guild members and are the only UK-based peer judged awards. The Awards are free to enter and are open to entry from GFW members and non-members. Judges are selected on rotation from the Guild membership each year.
The GFW website gfw.co.uk is your place to share your professional details with members and more widely, if desired. The website’s search function allows members who are logged in to the website to search for member details, including published work, areas of expertise and contact details, and these details can also be made available externally, should you wish to make the details more public. Please do take a moment to update your bio on the website, particularly with your areas of expertise, as it is used as a tool to find suitable candidates for professional projects, and it helps to capture your particular skills.
Code of Conduct
The GFW Code of Conduct can be found on the website here.
The Guild is served by a Committee of fifteen elected members, who work across the Guild activities on a voluntary basis. Committee members are voted in by the membership and can serve for up to four years. The full list of Committee members is on the website here, featured in the footer of all Guild emails, and it is now sent in a designated email to all members, following the AGM.
If you are looking for contact details for a Guild member, or are wondering if someone is a Guild member or not, you will find a full alphabetical list of current members here. You can also search for individual members, and their contact details, by searching here.
The GFW operates an exclusive discount scheme with a wide range of businesses, which mainly offers food and drink products, kitchen equipment and cookery book services. We regularly feature discounts in our newsletter and full details can be found online. Most discounts are in the form of an online discount code.
To find our full list of discounts and the relevant codes to redeem, log on to the GFW website, and type ‘discounts’ in the search bar (which has a magnifying glass icon).
Should you wish to recommend a business to join the discount scheme, please email email@example.com.
The Guild is committed to offering a supportive and inclusive community for all members. You can read more on this on our website. The Guild Committee has a full member, Sumayya Usmani, who is dedicated to Diversity issues.
At the time of writing, all of our events are held online through Zoom. We hope to continue the online programme in conjunction with in person events. Events are sent to members in a dedicated email, listing the details. To book a place, please email Jonathan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where spaces to events are limited, we assign them on a first come, first served basis, and we keep a waiting list in the event of cancellations. We only do this where places need to be limited, due to the format of the event or supplies required for tastings. All other events are unlimited.
Where we charge a ticket price for events, it is to cover costs incurred by the Guild, such as speaker fees, or products to taste.
We record Zoom classes where we can, and share them on our YouTube channel shortly after the event takes place. We cannot record all events, to protect speaker copyright.
The GFW Facebook Forum is a private forum for Guild members to connect and share information. To join, please email Jonathan email@example.com and you will be added. It’s an active group with nearly 300 members, and is a great way of asking questions or sharing information. Guild updates are shared here, but our newsletter remains our primary method of communication with all members.
We do recognise that not all members wish to use Facebook, but we feel it is the best tool available at present. We are keeping alternative technologies under constant consideration.
The Guild has a small fund that is set aside to make a bursary to members once a year. Details on how to apply will be sent once a year with details of how to apply. Members will be offered information and sometimes events offering updates from members who have received support from this scheme.
We very occasionally are approached with giveaway opportunities for members. They will be shared in the newsletter with full details. In the event of a short deadline, we will share on the Forum.
Membership subs are due once a year at the start of the year, and we ask that they are settled within 28 days. We are now pleased to offer GoCardless as an alternative method of payment. The current rate is £85 a year.
The Guild offers Press cards on request, and they are produced once a year. Should you wish to request a card, please email Jonathan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our membership application criteria is published in full on our website gfw.co.uk/about-membership.
Should a former member wish to return to the Guild, we ask that they reapply to reinstate membership. Please direct any queries to Kathy Slack email@example.com or Jonathan in the first instance.
The GFW runs an internal and external mentorship scheme. Should you wish to become a mentor or mentee, please contact Jenny Hammerton firstname.lastname@example.org.
We always need mentors to match with mentees, and are committed to mentoring members of all ages.
Our external mentorship scheme is shared on social media.
The GFW offers guidance on metrication, which can be found on the website gfw.co.uk/general/metrication/.
The GFW newsletter is published monthly, around the start of each month. Contributions are always welcome and can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or your Regional Coordinator. If you’re not sure who your Regional Coordinator is, email email@example.com.
The newsletter comes out during the first week of the month, so look out for it in your inbox. It is sent from firstname.lastname@example.org, and the subject line says: Guild of Food Writers [Month] Newsletter. Usually within 24 hours a link to the newsletter is posted on the Facebook Forum, but if you don’t receive it by email, here’s what to do. First check your spam or junk filter. These filters are increasingly sophisticated, and may start rejecting mailings – particularly when they are generated by a mailing list, as in the case of the newsletter – on an apparent whim. You may need to change your preferences or rules, or add email@example.com to your list of contacts or approved senders.
The second most common problem is that the newsletter is being sent to an email address you no longer use. If you have changed your email address, or perhaps a redirection has fallen out of use, then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct address. At the same time, it is worth checking and if necessary correcting your details on the website, by logging in and checking what it says on your member listing.
From time to time, professional opportunities arise, and we share them with all members in our monthly newsletter. Very occasionally, time sensitive opportunities are presented to us, and we share them on our Facebook Forum if the deadline is too short for the newsletter.
The Guild undertakes a Pay Survey review, to help offer more information on current pay rates for projects. Our 2021 results can be found in the Member area of the website: gfw.co.uk/2021/members-pay-rate-survey-2021/
The Guild of Food Writers has a designated Special Officer to support members with professional issue queries. Should you wish to discuss any concerns in complete confidence, please contact Sarah Beattie email@example.com
Recipe Testing Network
The GFW has a newly formed Recipe Testing Network. Should you need help with recipe testing, or would like to volunteer your services, more details can be found on the website at gfw.co.uk/2021/recipe-testing-network/
The Guild of Food Writers has a series of Regional Coordinators. Members are represented across the UK regions, as well as overseas. Regional Coordinators share a monthly update from their area in the newsletter, and all members should receive an email from their coordinator once a month requesting news. Should you wish to suggest an event or meeting in your area, please contact your coordinator. In the event you are unsure who your RC is, please email Joy Skipper firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Guild’s elected Committee members are supported by Special Officers. These are important roles in the Guild management, and Special Officers attend Guild meetings and contribute their time in all areas of business. Special Officer roles do not come with a vote. Should you wish to volunteer your time, please contact Charlotte Pike email@example.com or Jonathan Woods firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GFW works with commercial sponsors to deliver the annual Guild of Food Writers Awards and Young Food Writer of the Year Competition. We welcome any contact from prospective sponsors. Please email Paul Bellchambers email@example.com for more information.
Sponsor information is included in our newsletter and our event programme as part of their sponsorship package. Otherwise, our activities are free from commercial ties.
Occasionally, the Guild receives opportunities for members to join third party trips, both in the UK and overseas. The opportunities are shared in our newsletter (or Forum if timings are tight), and members are invited to put their name forward. The organising party is responsible for selecting attendees and making arrangements.
The Guild organises regional visits to suppliers, farmers and producers from time to time, and details will be circulated by email. Places are often limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. There is usually a nominal charge for events to cover costs.
The GFW website has a private member area, where you will find more information that is available for members only. This includes the Pay Survey, Member contact details and full details of our discount scheme.
To access this, log on to the GFW website, and use the search bar (which has a magnifying glass icon) to look for the information you require.
Young Food Writer Competition
We run the annual Guild of Food Writers Young Food Writer of the Year Competition, which encourages budding food writers to submit their work. More details can be found on the website at gfw.co.uk/competitions
Please contact Sally Brown firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved in promoting the competition to school children or reviewing the entries we receive.
The Guild has a YouTube channel, and event recordings are shared here to watch back. We record every event we can, however, we are unable to record all events due to the confidential nature of some information and speaker copyright. All videos can be found here: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcgOlOJ31nj86bS_SEw_x8hlxaSPeSCa