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Special Resolution for AGM
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As promised, here are the bits of what Norman Gascoigne said that didn't make the published article because it was aimed at cricket lovers generally and not just Bears fans:

"The proposals are an attempt to open up opportunities to bring in new blood and prevent the Club stagnating. That’s why we are limiting involvement to three terms of three years each, with no provision to come back in after a gap.
We had some debate about moving to a single Board but we decided to keep a Members Committee to provide a wider opportunity for the membership to come onto that Committee which will have quite a powerful position in supplying checks and balances on the Board and on the executive. The members will have two people on the Board. We felt that it provided a more holistic model.
What we are doing is unique. Yorkshire have a membership committee but no member representation on the Board. Hampshire have one too; but it’s a bit of a misnomer because the Club is in private ownership.

The aim is to be open and inclusive. But the Nominations Committee is needed so that we have a broader skills base. At the moment, it’s usually down to the Chairman to find some successors and there’s always the risk that the Chairman goes off and asks his mates and just perpetuates things – not quite a Putin situation but not far off. The Nominations Committee will broaden out that search and selection process. 

But the Nominations Committee will not apply to the Members Committee. They will get the nominations in from the membership – on past history, they may have to go looking for them. They will decide as against what they need – and they will publish their needs annually.

It’s about good governance. We need to represent our membership. With the best will in the world, an average age of 60, all white and a bit stale because they have been around for 20 or 30 years is not a great representation of our membership. They are not representative of the members or of the community as a whole, either in terms of race or gender.

What would I say if a member asked what’s in it for me? My answer would be that my primary role as Chairman is to represent and secure the interests of all Club members – and that’s also the role of the Committee and the Board. I believe that the changes will better enable us to do that by getting the right skills around the table at a time when financial risks are increasing. There’s more money coming into the game and the ECB are likely to put more restrictions on how that is spent.

There are also operational risks – how do you stage a Test match when bombs are going off in Manchester?

What we are doing now is just part of the process that has been going on over the last ten years to get to the point where the members can have confidence in the way the Club is managed with the right people at the helm to do that.

I know we won’t please everyone. It’s a tricky balancing job between playing cricket and trying to manage a Test match venue. 

We were extremely luck to get Neil (Snowball) and we need to convince him and others that they have the right support by bringing in people like Mark McCafferty.

I want to be able to hand over, whenever I do, to a new Chairman with the right structure. There’s nothing wrong with what we’ve done over the last ten years. We’ve developed the ground, we’ve survived the setback of having no Test matches in 2013/14, at the same time we’ve still been able to invest in a team which, prior to last season, was the most successful team in the county structure, having won all tournaments during a five year period. But we can’t sit still. We’ve got to keep moving forward in an ever-increasing competitive environment.

If collectively the membership say no to the proposals, we will have to get underneath why this is so – what are the principle blocking points? What are the reasons behind the objections? And then we will have to try to ameliorate them to get us to a point where we can get support. 

Am I saying that the status quo is not an option? Yes, I am, I think. It’s not tenable."
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Special Resolution for AGM - by DaveC - 27-01-2018, 11:45 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 28-01-2018, 01:23 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Reabank - 28-01-2018, 09:41 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 29-01-2018, 12:12 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by DaveC - 29-01-2018, 12:49 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 29-01-2018, 01:03 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 29-01-2018, 08:04 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Exiled Bear - 30-01-2018, 12:00 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Reabank - 01-02-2018, 08:02 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 08-02-2018, 11:01 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Malc - 12-02-2018, 03:12 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 12-02-2018, 06:56 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 13-02-2018, 10:49 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Exiled Bear - 13-02-2018, 12:57 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 13-02-2018, 03:06 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Reabank - 14-02-2018, 08:43 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Reabank - 14-02-2018, 09:11 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 15-02-2018, 11:26 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by DaveC - 15-02-2018, 05:26 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 13-02-2018, 05:57 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by rednalbear - 17-02-2018, 07:32 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 18-02-2018, 04:49 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 19-02-2018, 11:16 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 19-02-2018, 01:07 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 19-02-2018, 04:49 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 19-02-2018, 08:47 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 19-02-2018, 10:38 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by narsty simon - 19-02-2018, 10:36 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by narsty simon - 19-02-2018, 11:32 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by narsty simon - 20-02-2018, 12:34 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 20-02-2018, 12:30 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 20-02-2018, 06:13 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 21-02-2018, 12:31 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 28-02-2018, 10:19 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by DaveC - 02-03-2018, 11:13 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Jon - 03-03-2018, 01:51 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 03-03-2018, 04:25 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Reabank - 04-03-2018, 12:34 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by narsty simon - 04-03-2018, 05:02 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Exiled Bear - 05-03-2018, 11:29 AM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Reabank - 05-03-2018, 03:23 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 05-03-2018, 04:32 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by rednalbear - 05-03-2018, 05:33 PM
RE: Special Resolution for AGM - by Terry - 05-03-2018, 05:49 PM

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