Becoming a member and standing for Board Election

Update: June 26th 2017 – Board nominations have now closed, and a Board of Directors is being formed. Details will be announced shortly.

** Updated 11th May 2017 (time period for board member nominations has been extended until the 31st of May 2017)

Open to Wight BID levy payers only: If you want to become a board director of Visit Isle of Wight LTD, you have until the end of May 2017 to put yourself forward for election. This page explains the process and how you go about it.

Visit Isle of Wight LTD is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee. No dividends are paid, as all income Visit Isle of Wight receives is re-invested in the work we carry out promoting the Isle of Wight. Typically, available funds are used for advertising, market and campaign research, press relations, promotions and to develop new and established events & visitor experiences on the Island.

IMPORTANT: Under UK Company Law, Levy payers who wish to stand for election to the board of Visit Isle of Wight LTD need to become “company members”. There is no charge to become a “member”, but it is a formal process, and in becoming a member of the limited company, every director maintains a £1 liability. The company’s Articles of Association (which can be downloaded in full here) states the following:

Liability of members

  1. The liability of each member is limited to £1, being the amount that each member undertakes to contribute to the assets of the company in the event of its being wound up while he is a member or within one year after he ceases to be a member, for—

(a) payment of the company’s debts and liabilities contracted before he ceases to be a member,

(b) payment of the costs, charges and expenses of winding up, and

(c) adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves.

Once you are enrolled as a member you can stand for election to the Board of Visit Isle of Wight for a three year period, starting from your appointment date.

Note: you do not need to be a company member or board director to attend one of the four panel groups: Marketing, Events, Travel & Access, Presentations, which are open to all levy payers and voluntary contributors.

1. Become a company member today: 

To enrol as a member, you will need to complete the member application form. This form can be downloaded as a PDF and printed out by clicking on this link> Member application Form 2017.

By signing this member form you are confirming that you are prepared to be bound by the articles of association of Visit Isle of Wight LTD, including your £1 liability as a member. 

Once you have completed the form please return to:

Simon Dabell
Visit Isle of Wight LTD
The Guildhall
High Street
PO30 1TY

Or email a scanned and completed copy of the form to

2. Standing for election to the Board of Visit Isle of Wight:

You must be a company member before you can put yourself forward for election to the board of Visit Isle of Wight. Once you have become a member (above), follow these steps to put yourself forward for the forthcoming Board elections.

  1. You must have a proposer and a seconder supporting your application to be a board member.
  2. As all non-strategic board positions will need to be filled “in one go”, the next opportunity to stand for election to the board is likely to be in three years’ time – unless individual board directors stand down in the meantime.
  3. Nominations for board election will only be accepted up until the 31st May 2017, and then all levy payers will be invited to vote for their representatives on the board. Those nominations with the most number of votes will be appointed to the board. Up to 12 directors may be elected to the Board by WIGHT BID levy payers.
  4. The vote will take place online, via this website, on the week commencing the 12th June and will close on Friday 16th June at 12 noon. Votes received after that time will not be counted.
  5. If less than 12 nominees step forward by the 31st May deadline, the existing Board may appoint any or all of those nominees, subject to them meeting the terms of Membership as set out in the Company’s Articles of Association.

The Visit Isle of Wight board meets four or five times a year, usually in Newport Isle of Wight. Meetings last between 2 and 3 hours. We welcome applications from across the tourism and hospitality industry. You just need to be a WIGHT BID levy payer to stand for election to one of the 12 board seats. Board directors do not receive any remuneration for being board members.

If you would like to stand for Board Election this month (deadline 31st May  2017), then please contact Simon Dabell, Chairman of Visit Isle of Wight LTD to discuss your nomination and the role of the Board.  Contact or telephone Simon Dabell on 07760 614959