British Cycling announce plans for a new structure for the Board of Directors

British Cycling announce plans for a new structure for the Board of Directors

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British Cycling have announced plans for a new structure for the Board of Directors, as they look to sustain and build upon the success of the organisation.

Having recently been awarded Sport Governing Body of the Year at the prestigious Sports Industry Awards in 2013, it is vitally important that British Cycling keep exploring new avenues to not only maintain their current success but to improve and continue to grow.

The significant changes taking place within British Cycling’s membership profile and the management challenges that it faces, require a new structure at the highest level of the organisation.

This will see not only an increase in the number of people on the board, but also change the way that some board members are recruited.

"These changes allow us the best possible chance of achieving the targets that we have set ourselves."

British Cycling President Brian Cookson OBE

The proposed new structure will see the number of directors on the board increased to 11 with the aim for at least a quarter of the board to be women by 2017.

With one of the organisation’s stated ambitions being to get one million more women cycling in Britain by 2020 it is vitally important to get a fresh perspective on how to take British Cycling forward and meet these ambitious targets.

British Cycling President, Brian Cookson, said: “We firmly believe that these proposals give the opportunity for the organisation to build on the success of 2012.

"It is important that the board of any governing body is fit for purpose - the world changes and we have to change with it to ensure we can meet the challenges of the present and the future.

"These changes allow us the best possible chance of achieving the targets that we have set ourselves."

These proposals have been made with full consideration being given to ‘The Voluntary Code of Good Governance for the Sport and Recreation Sector’ to which British Cycling recently signed up.

The changes are to be presented to National Council in November this year.

What’s the plan?

The structure of British Cycling’s Board currently comprises 10 directors and the proposed new structure would see the Board increased to 11 directors comprising:

  • President: elected from the membership by National Council
  • Six elected directors: elected from the membership by National Council
  • Three appointed directors: appointed by the Board, and
  • Chief Executive Officer

Why are we doing this?

The significant changes taking place within our membership profile and the management challenges that we face requires a fresh approach - a need that these new proposals will address.

The structure proposed will enable the appointment of new board members with important skills and experience and is one that the Board believes will best support the delivery of our business plans for 2013-17 and beyond.