IGKT Organisation

International Guild of Knot Tyers

IGKT Council of Trustees & Constitution

The Guild is a charity under UK law, registered with the Charity Commission, a UK government supervisory body. 

The Trustees have legal responsibility for ensuring that the Guild is run according the Charity Commission's strict rules.

The IGKT Registered Charity Number is 802153

Guild address: Oaken Cleave, Cobbaton, Umberleigh, EX37 9SG, UK

Chairman: Sue Pennison 

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Trustee: David Bodger

Trustee: Lynne Hudson

Trustee: Peter Hennessey

Trustee: Clive Sandrey

 

IGKT Constitution

Lastest update is here:

Download IGKT_Constitutional_Rules_2021

IGKT Executive Committee

The day-to-day running of the Guild is organised by an Executive Committee.  The Trustees request that this committee's membership be voted upon at each AGM.


Members by Country

Australia

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Belgium

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France

Graham MacLachlan

Germany

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UK

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USA

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Knotting Matters Editorial Board

Knotting Matters:

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Other IGKT Office Holders

Publications Committee:

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The Current Structure of the Guild

The IGKT has recently had queries from various sources which have made us realise that it might help you to know more about the Guild, how it is run and how it operates. We hope that this article will help to explain these issues.

The IGKT

The Guild is set up as a UK Charity which gives us a number of advantages, especially with regard to taxation. We therefore must operate within UK Charity Law and are answerable to the UK Charity Commission. They have approved our Constitution which can be found here and on the Charity Commission website

https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/

and then by searching for our charity number 802153

The President

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The President is the figurehead who represents all the Guild stands for. He or she is elected for a 3-year term by the AGM on the recommendation of the outgoing President.

The Council of Trustees, or Council

The Trustees are responsible for maintaining the ethos of the Guild and its aims, including information and education. They are also responsible for ensuring that the Guild adheres to the rules of the UK Charity Commission and as such must be UK residents. There are 7 Trustees elected by the AGM and who serve a 5-year term which is renewable. Three of them are the officers, nominated by the Trustees and confirmed by the AGM. They too serve for a 5-year term which is renewable just once. They are, currently:

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 Secretary: Tim Martin  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trustees: Peter Hennessey, Lynne Hudson,  David Bodger, Clive Sandrey

The Council meets several times a year by Zoom ,and in person at the AGM, to discuss issues facing the Guild and raised by the members, topical matters and ways of developing the Guild to promote its aims. These may involve considerable research and discussion. Where appropriate the decisions will be passed on to the Executive Committee for action and implementation.

The Executive Committee

This is the Guild’s “working party” following through the ideas passed to them by the Council. They also act as a conduit for issues from the Branches. There are 9 members appointed by the Council. They currently represent six different countries. This membership includes a representative from the Trustees to link the two committees. Like the Council they have a Chairman and Secretary appointed from within their membership on their recommendation and approved by the Council. Members and Officers are appointed for a 5-year term which is renewable. The current members are:

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            Council Appointee: Lynne Hudson

Other members: Ed Crumpton, Adam Masters, Graham MacLachlan, Ralph Streller, John Trevvett, Geert Willaert

 National Organisations and Branches

Local Branches and National Organisations have been set up around the world. Any group of members are welcome to set up their own Branch: there is no set format. However to be recognised by the Guild they should primarily be of Guild members and have a proper constituted format, aims and objectives. Many of them have their own membership and a subscription to cover their necessary costs such as a Zoom subscription. Thus Guild members will pay both subs and non-Guild members just the Branch or National Organisation (eg IGKT France) sub. There is a list of Branches in Knotting Matters.

Knotting Matters

This is the quarterly magazine sent to members and currently produced by a group of four editors. It contains articles submitted by members, reports on events held and Branch activities, as well as other important Guild information. It is your magazine so please submit articles and news to the editors via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Website

This website is still in its trial stage so will change a little from time to time. It is there to convey up to date information on events, activities and Guild issues plus providing information about the Guild, contact points, etc. There is a public section, and the members’ section which is accessible by registration. At present we have no Web Master so please contact us if you’re interested in this important role. In the meantime, please send any comments or information for posting to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Guild Forum and Facebook

For some time the Guild has had a Forum for the exchange of comments and queries about knotting. The new website was incompatible with the software used so we had to close it down. It is now archived and available for information via the website. There is also a new Forum up and running, also accessible via the website, but this is now restricted to members only. Non-members are invited to 'converse' via the Guild Facebook site Official International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT). This is also useful for disseminating things and events about knotting.

Membership

Membership is open to people who are interested in all things concerning every aspect of knotting and rope. The Guild’s Membership Secretary handles all membership issues and problems. Please contact her via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Publications

The Guild produces a number of its own publications. These are produced and updated by the Publications Team. If you would like to submit something for possible publication, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance.

Sales

The Guild holds a stock of Guild publications and a number of different Guild badges. The stock is listed on the Sales page. Please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like any items.

Future Plans

In order to keep members as up to date as possible, we are hoping to begin a monthly email to all members who wish to receive it. This will carry news and information about forthcoming events. It will supplement Knotting Matters, not replace it, but fill in between issues.