Climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are changing, and the BMC needs to adapt to meet future challenges. A major review of our work is well underway, and we need your continuing help to shape the future of the organisation.
What is the BMC Organisational Review?
The BMC Organisational Review Group (ORG) was formed in May 2017. Its role is to look at the way the BMC currently works – in terms of organisation, governance, and decision-making structures – and evaluate how this reflects current best practice, whilst continuing to act in the best interests of the membership. The group will also recommend new ways to increase engagement and consultation with all BMC members on key issues.
What’s happened so far?
Headed by independent chair Ray Wigglesworth, an eminent QC and climber, the ORG volunteers gathered views via an online survey (with over 5,000 responses), focus groups and individual feedback from across the BMC. The ORG has balanced these views against information on best practice in sporting organisational structures and modern codes of governance to produce its initial report, which contains 51 recommendations for change and was launched in Kendal on Saturday 18 November.
Where can I read the report?
There are three versions: full, summary and highlights. It is also possible to read an executive summary of the online survey.
READ: The Summary and the Full Report
READ: The Report: highlights
READ: The Member Survey Summary
What else has happened?
Following publication of the report, ORG members attended the November round of BMC Area Meetings, to present the report and receive feedback from members, organised a further members’ survey, and held more focus group meetings, as well as discussions with National Council.
Some members expressed concern about the timescale, so the ORG proposed that the BMC adjourns its AGM and moves the date back from April 2018 to June 2018. The ORG produced a briefing paper for discussion at the January / February round of area meetings.
READ: Local Areas Briefing Paper
Taking into account some constructive criticism, the ORG also decided to change some of the detail and produce an addendum to the report which was published on 2 March. The final report includes some significant amendments compared to the original document, including:
Greater recognition for the role of clubs within the BMC;
A revised board structure with improved member representation;
More member representation on the Nominations Committee;
Greater clarity on organisational structure (ref: structure chart, p 17);
Clarification on the promotion of growth and participation in climbing & hill walking; and
A firm recommendation to set up a subsidiary for competition climbing and the GB Team.
READ: ORG Amended Recommendations Report
How do I give feedback on the recommendations?
The ORG has now begun to take a back seat in the debate, but consultation will continue. The recommendations will now go to the BMC National Council and Area Meetings to work out how to proceed from here. The BMC AGM originally planned for 28 April will now take place on 16 June (Castle Green Hotel, Kendal) to enable discussion at the April Area meetings.
FIND OUT: April 2018 area meeting information
An independent discussion site has been set up by former BMC vice president Crag Jones to enable interested members to share their views on the ORG recommendations.
VISIT: Organisational review discussion site
How will major changes be approved?
Any changes to the Memorandum & Articles of Association will require the approval of 75% of those voting members present and attending (in person or by proxy) an AGM or General Meeting, and voting in favour, in order to be accepted.
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