The Organisational Review is reaching a crucial phase and the BMC is now seeking feedback on the proposals to go to the AGM on 16 June; the proposals will be discussed at the forthcoming (11-19 April) round of Area Meetings and include some extremely important issues to the future of the BMC.
At its meeting of 17 February the BMC’s National Council considered the proposal by the Organisational Review Group (ORG) to hold two General Meetings in 2018 (June and November) and opted to seek approval for the high level governance changes required to ensure ongoing Sport England funding (and importantly the BMC’s position as the government recognized umbrella body for climbing and hill walking) by June. The BMC has been part funded by Sport England (and UK Sport at times) for the last 30+ years and the current total funding to the sector (BMC, Mountain Training and the climbing wall industry) amounts to c.£380-470k per year (projected income for 2018-21). The 17 February meeting set up an implementation working group* to liaise with legal advisors and Sport England and develop the draft documentation to go to the April Area Meetings.
Following publication of the second ORG report in early March an additional National Council was held on 10 March to agree the specific recommendations to be taken forward by the working group. The past four weeks has been a frantic period for the working group and a significant voluntary effort has been put into the package now presented to members for discussion.
The proposed changes have been driven by a combination of factors in particular:
A general need to update, modernise and reformat the BMC’s constitution to bring it in line with contemporary good practice and the Companies Act. The constitution was produced in 1990-93, pre-dates the internet and has never been subject to a comprehensive review. There is a strong case that this is needed.
National Council’s desire for the BMC to continue to be recognised by government as the umbrella body for climbing, hill walking and mountaineering. Funding is part of this equation but there are more important issues including the potential loss of influence and stature across government agencies and partner organisations, and the fragmentation of the way the climbing and hill walking sector engages with government.
The documents include two key proposals as follows:
Proposal 1: updates to the BMC’s constitution (Memorandum & Articles of Association) considered necessary for the BMC to comply with the Companies Act and the necessary governance requirements to enable the BMC, Mountain Training (MTE, MTUK) and the climbing wall sector (ABC & ABCTT) to continue qualifying for Sport England funding.
Proposal 2: a commitment to make a detailed assessment of the costs and benefits of the remaining ORG recommendations and deliver them in a timely manner with proposals for any further constitutional changes to go to the 2019 AGM.
Overview of Proposal Documents
How to get involved
National Council is encouraging all members to read the proposals, attend the April round of area meetings, and share their views via the online mechanisms listed below. All views expressed will go directly to working group, which will then present amended proposals to National Council on 28 April. Subject to changes and National Council’s approval, resolutions will then be presented to the AGM.
The working group has published several related papers, of which the key documents are:
Questions & Answers
A mini-site has been set up to host all the documentation. The site includes a Q&A facility, where members can submit questions directly to the working group: Visit the ORG Review Implementation Proposal mini-site
Specific responses can also be submitted to the working group via a Google Form.
* Members of the National Council Implementation Working Group:
Andy Syme – Yorkshire Area Chair and National Council Rep – Group Chair
Rik Payne – Executive member. London & SE Area Chair and National Council Rep
Will Kilner – Executive member, South Wales Area National Council Rep
Andy Say – North West Area National Council Rep
Les Ainsworth – BMC Honorary Member (NW Area)
Get involved with the BMC Organisational Review
WATCH: The BMC Organisational Review report launch at Kendal
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions and how to have your say
DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT: Read the report
DOWNLOAD THE REPORT SUMMARY: Read the report summary
DOWNLOAD THE ONE PAGE REPORT: Read the one page report
DOWNLOAD THE MEMBER SURVEY REPORT: Read the member survey report
DOWNLOAD THE LOCAL AREAS BRIEFING PAPER: Read the briefing paper
DOWNLOAD THE AMENDED RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT: Read the recommendations report
DISCUSS: At your local BMC area meeting
MEET: Ray Wigglesworth and the BMC Organisational Review Group
READ: Terms of Reference of the Organisational Review
UPDATE: January 2018 Organisational Review Group update
UPDATE: September 2017 Organisational Review Group update
UPDATE: August 2017 Organisational Review Group update
UPDATE: July 2017 Organisational Review Group update
UPDATE: June 2017 Organisational Review Group update
UPDATE: May 2017 Organisational Review Group update
READ: Minutes of recent BMC National Council meetings
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