Notes from the BMC Board June meeting

Posted by Peter Burnside on 18/06/2018
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Notes from the recent meeting of the BMC Board. The first of the new style briefings to our members from the BMC Board from interim chair, Simon McCalla. These aim to let BMC members know the key themes discussed at each Board meeting and any important decisions that can be made public. Please note, these are not a replacement for more detailed minutes.

Brief notes from the June BMC Board meeting

We aim to try and produce these new briefing notes as soon as practical, immediately following a Board meeting. The aim is to update members on key themes discussed and any important decisions that can be made public in a timely manner. More detailed minutes will follow shortly. We hope you find it useful.

The new 2018 BMC Board met for a short 90 minute meeting on Sunday 17 June, the day after the AGM, in order to make forward momentum on what will be an extremely busy period now that the BMC has a new set of approved articles and clear direction to make progress with implementing Phase two of the ORG recommendations.

The Board welcomed new BMC president Lynn Robinson, stepping up from her previous vice president position, and newcomers John Roberts and Amanda Parshall. Emma Flaherty, Graham Richmond, Simon McCalla, Matthew Bradbury, Roger Fanner, Rik Payne and Will Kilner were all re-elected as directors.

READ THE FULL REPORT: The BMC's historic 2018 AGM

The Board’s first business was to elect an interim chair, given that under the new articles, the president and Board chair roles are split. This was chosen to be Simon McCalla who has been given the remit to expedite the process of finding a full-time chair for the Board, with a planned start date of October 2018. The Board agreed the need to reconstitute the Nominations Committee (NomCom) to run this process with a constitution of three independent directors, the president and seek one new member from the National Council, making a membership of five in total. Once the new full-time chair is recruited this can potentially change to four independents and three non-independent members. Within the next month the NomCom will create a job description for the new chair and decide upon a process to advertise this within the entire membership and beyond. The chair will be recruited through a full open recruitment, interview and appointment process.

The Board also discussed the process to move on with Phase Two of the ORG recommendations (those not already agreed in the articles changes) and started to look at the makeup of the second implementation group. This will likely form a collection of workstreams, with expertise being sought from both National Council and the wider membership to help complete the work. There is more work to complete on this, but progress should be clear within the next two weeks.

Finally the Board recognised the need to consider changes to the way it works internally, both in how it can create more time for meetings and maker further use of technology to speed up decision making and creation and review of documents.

The Board is currently scheduled to meet next, for a full meeting on 11 July 2018.

Simon McCalla (interim chair)


Your AGM: Thanks for your vote!

This year's historic AGM had a record voting turnout, with 6,796 of those votes being made online. We want to thank everyone for having their say and helping to shape the future of the BMC. 

READ THE FULL REPORT: The BMC's historic 2018 AGM

Detailed info on the BMC AGM 2018

Find out more about the last AGM. It's a complicated topic, so start with this one:

READ: It's your BMC, and we need your vote

We were asking our members to vote on some significant changes to the BMC's constitution. Part of the discussion was the relationship between the BMC and Sport England. 

READ: What are Sport England Tier 3 and Tier 1 relationships?

There were two constitutions to vote for: Proposal A (as recommended by National Council) and Proposal B, proposed by a group of members. To learn more about the two proposals, you can read a detailed comparison written by BMC honorary solictor Martin Wragg.

READ: A comparison of alternative constitutions

How did the recommendations get decided? Read more about the process that lead to this stage, including the reports from the Organisational Review and more. 

READ: BMC Organisational Review reports

Watch the Open Forum debate

We held a debate in Manchester on 15 May for both options to be discussed. You can watch the livestream here:


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