REPORT OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS held on Wednesday 3
October 2012 at 3pm at the CIS Tower, Manchester
Present: Brian Burgess [BB] (Chair), Martyn Cheney [MC], Elaine Dean [ED], Neil Le
Milliere [NLM], Robert Pepper [RP], Jules Spencer [JS], Ian Todd [IT]
In Attendance: David Lampitt [DL] (Chief Executive), Liz Harris [LH] (Representative –
Rugby League Advisory Grp), Fraser MacDonald [FMc] (Representative - Scottish
Council), Clare Oakley [CO] (Secretary), Mahua Nandi [MN] (Head of Finance), Paul
Goodwin [PG] (Head of Scotland), Tom Hall [TH] (Head of Policy and Development),
Antonia Hagemann [AHg] (Head of European Development) ,Laura Knewstub [LK]
(Head of Support Services)
Apologies: Steve Beck [SB]
1. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
i) The minutes of the Board meeting held on 5 September 2012 were
agreed as a correct record.
2. REPORT OF THE BOARD MEETINGS
It was agreed the report of the Board meeting held on 5 September would be
circulated by e-mail for approval.
3. MATTERS ARISING
i) Current Account and Banking Facilities (minute 5) – It was noted this
was the subject of a separate agenda item.
ii) Format of AGM Minute 11 – The Board had a discussion regarding the
appropriateness of a joint conference with the FSF and the format of
the SD AGM. It was agreed it was important that the SD conference
engaged all members, not just England & Wales football. It was also
agreed that the AGM should be given more prominence and utilised
more fully to engage with members about their issues and the
challenges faced by SD. It was agreed that proposals for the Annual
Conference and AGM would be brought to a future meeting.
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4. CASH MANAGEMENT AND BANKING FACILITIES
The Board received a paper providing an update on action taken since the last
Board meeting in relation to the issues with the SD current account.
The Board agreed to retain its banking facilities with the co-operative Bank
and to move to FD Online.
It was also agreed, however, that, if issues persisted with credit card usage
(particularly overseas), the Chief Executive and Head of Finance were
authorised to make an application for credit cards with Barclaycard.
5. OUTCOMES FROM THE STRATEGY DISCUSSION
It was agreed that the Chief Executive would take the ideas and suggestions
from the strategy discussion and work into a proposal and bring to a future
6. MATTERS RAISED BY COUNCILS
RP reported on the most recent meeting of the E&W Council. He advised that
discussions with the Council had indicated that there was some confusion
about the purpose of the Council and the role of the Council members. It was
clear that members wanted to have a Council which was accountable to
them. It was agreed that further clarification was required and that a proper
induction for new Council members would be beneficial.
The E&W Council had also suggested there should be a staff recognition
scheme. It was agreed that the issue should be referred to the Staffing sub –
committee to look as part of the benchmarking exercise around reward and
7. OTHER BUSINESS
i) Martyn Cheney – MC advised the Board that his details had been
published on a racist website stating that he backed anti racist groups.
Whilst this presented no reputational risk for SD it did mention that he
was a Director of SD. The Board noted the information.
ii) Staffing – DL advised the Board about changes in staffing, including
arrangements for the replacement of the Commercial Manager and a
new starter in Scotland.
iii) SD Council Election – The Secretary updated the Board on the
progress of the Scottish Council Elections.
8. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
It was noted the next meeting would be held at 2pm on Wednesday 28th
November at the Sport England Offices, London.
There being no further business the Chair closed the meeting.
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