Governance

Governance Update: February 2022

Since the recent governance vote confirmed our Membership’s overwhelming support for the proposed approach for the Club’s future, much has progressed to move the required developments forward.

As advised during the consultation process, the new rules are now with the FCA, our overseeing body, for final confirmation. These are expected to be confirmed during the course of the next few months.

In addition, preparations are underway to reach out to both our existing committee members and the broader community in a bid to build the revised board and subcommittee structures as defined during the recent process.

A nominations committee, as employed in previous appointments of Chair and CEO, is being confirmed and we have agreed to work with a highly regarded recruitment partner to support the next phase of the process.

Somerset County Cricket Club will advertise all available roles and would encourage anyone who possesses the required skill set or the necessary experience to apply. It should be emphasised that Members and non-Members are welcome to be considered for the appointed director roles, whilst the Member director positions are restricted to existing Members of the Club.

This process coincides with the end of Gordon Baird’s term of office as Club Chair.

After careful consideration, Gordon has reluctantly decided not to seek a further term due to a change of work/time pressures and other commitments which he believes would not be compatible with him fulfilling the role to the optimum level required.

As a consequence, the Club will also be seeking applications for the Chair position.

After announcing his decision, Gordon said: “No one could have predicted what we have all experienced over the last two years, but with the support of the General Committee, the Executive Team and our outstandingly supportive Members, I am delighted to be able to hand over the Chair role with the Club in a strong and exciting position.

“With the Club’s Governance reform now approved and relative financial stability achieved, this seems like a natural watershed moment for someone new to take the helm and steer the Club towards what promises to be a very bright future, both on and off the field.

“I will continue to follow Somerset’s progress with interest, and as a long-term supporter of the Club, I will continue to be a frequent visitor to the Cooper Associates County Ground. It has been an honour and privilege to represent such a special Club, which so many people hold dear.”

Somerset CCC CEO, Gordon Hollins, has thanked the outgoing Chair for the role that he has played in taking the Club forward. “Gordon has made an enormous contribution to the progress of Somerset County Cricket Club during what has been an incredibly challenging period,” he said. “I am personally very grateful for the support Gordon has given me, particularly during the early part of my tenure, most of which was spent in lockdown!

“Gordon is passionate about Somerset cricket at every level, and his contribution has played a major part in ensuring that the Club is in the strong position it currently finds itself in.

“Gordon will continue in his role and in particular focus on leading the Nominations Committee as they recruit the restructured Board. He will also play a major role in supporting the Executive as we finalise the strategy that will take the Club forward following the pandemic.

“On behalf of everyone associated with Somerset County Cricket Club I would like to thank Gordon for his commitment and service, and we all wish him well in his future endeavours.”


SGM LIVE STREAM


The Governance proposal, recommended by the General Committee, is now ready to be brought to a vote by the Membership.

Somerset County Cricket Club have once again deployed the services of CIVICA as our Independent Voting Provider and Members will receive either electronic or postal communications with instructions on how to vote from Friday October 22nd, 2021.

The Resolution to be passed is that the following Club Rules be, and they are adopted by the Club in substitution for the rules of the Club in force at the Circulation Date. To view the revised Club rules, please click the following link: Proposed New Rules for Somerset CCC.

Voting closes at Midday on Friday, November 26th with a SGM being held at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Tuesday, November 30th at 19:00 to announce the results.

Further information on the proposed changes and their importance to the future of your Club can be viewed below. If you do have any further questions, please do contact us on; governance@somersetcountycc.co.uk

Background

In 2016 Sport England published a ‘Code for Sports Governance’, requiring sporting organisations within the UK to ‘have a clear and appropriate governance structure, led by a Board which is collectively responsible for the long-term success of the organisation’.

The ECB, in response to the ‘Code for Sports Governance,’ worked with representatives from across the game to develop a County Governance framework which was published in February 2020.

The framework, which is required to be adopted by all Counties, mirrors all sporting organisations across the UK in setting standards of good governance; requiring increased skills and diversity in decision making, ensuring accountability, greater transparency and constitutional arrangements that give Boards the prime role in decision making.

With this in mind, an independent member-led review group have worked diligently to draft proposals, in a bid to ensure that Somerset County Cricket Club is in a position to provide an effective governance structure, whilst maintaining our position as a strong Members’ Club.

Consultation  – May 2021

SCCC_Governance Outline Consultation May 2021

Somerset CCC – Governance Review: A letter from your Chairman

Dear Members

I hope you are well and have enjoyed the season thus far. At the time of writing, to be in the later stages of both the LV County Championship and Vitality Blast is a tremendous feat and our congratulations go to Jason Kerr and his squad for once again providing us with some enthralling and entertaining action on the field this summer.   Even though we did not progress to the knockout phase of the RLODC great credit is due to Paul Tweddle and his young squad on producing some exciting performances which bode well for future seasons.

The main purpose of this communication is to provide you with an update on our ongoing Governance review. COVID-19, as with most things, has impacted on the progress of this critical project however the Club have continued to focus on bringing the review to a resolution whilst working exceptionally hard to deliver another memorable season.

You will recall the Consultation document which was included in your 2021 Membership pack issued in May within which the Club asked for Members’ feedback. The Governance Review Group, chaired by Chris Bishop, were delighted with the responses received and, the overwhelming support shown for the proposals put forward.

In addition to this support there were constructive question and suggestions made by some Members on the detail behind the Consultation document. We were delighted to receive this input and have been able to incorporate various modifications and clarifications to the proposals as a result. In the interest of transparency, we have endeavoured to share a summary of the feedback received, responses to questions raised, and the modifications which are now being proposed. A further Governance leaflet is enclosed to this end.

As a normal consequence to this process, which has taken place on several occasions in the Club’s history, we have also undertaken an update to the Articles of Association for Somerset County Cricket Club (the Club Rules). Changes have been drafted to reflect the proposed new structure and safeguards to ensure the retention of a Members’ Club. This document remains ‘work in progress’ but is available below.

As always, the Club welcomes your views on the enclosed documents and revised Club Rules.  COVID-19 has made it challenging for us to meet in person but as the restrictions have now eased, the Club will be holding a specific Governance Members Forum on day one of Somerset versus Lancashire, Sunday September 12th.  This will be held in the County Room, Colin Atkinson Pavilion, twenty minutes after the close of play. Questions should be submitted in advance by emailing governance@somersetcountycc.co.uk.  Please note: the forum will also be filmed for those who are unable to attend in person. If you wish to receive a link to watch the recording after the event, please also contact us using the above details.

In terms of next steps and COVID-19 permitting, the Club intends to bring Governance to a vote in November. As per the process adopted for this year’s AGM, we will be looking to deploy the services of CIVICA to ensure all voting papers, postal and electronic, are handled independently of the Club and we anticipate you receiving these a minimum of three weeks prior to the voting date. Once voting is completed and the results verified, we would aim to inform members of the outcome by the end of November via a Special General Meeting.

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support of Somerset County Cricket Club and the Governance Review process.  This is a key step in the ongoing development of the Club and is undertaken with the sole intention of enabling Somerset CCC to retain the highest standards both on and off the field. To that end it is our hope that all members participate in the voting process, and we ask that you support the proposals which have been diligently developed under the guidance of Chris Bishop and his group.

We hope you continue to stay safe and well and enjoy the remainder of the season; it’s certainly building up to another exciting finish.

Yours Sincerely

Gordon Baird

Somerset County Cricket Club Chair.

Governance Consultation –  September 2021

SCCC_Governance Update September 2021

Proposed Governance Changes – FINAL

Governance Members’ Forum