There will be elections for the UKBGF Board 2019-2020 coming up soon, and this year’s elections will differ from past ones…
There has been concern expressed that past and present Boards have been London-centric. Certainly the membership as a whole is not spread around the country evenly, but has a number of large clusters – London the most obvious and the largest one but others in Bristol, Worcester, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle, for example. In order to try to ensure more even representation, the Board have decided to revise the format of the elections. The country will be divided into three separate areas as shown on the map above. These were based on trying to define areas with balanced numbers of members, without resorting to really contrived boundaries. Using the January membership list, these broke down as:
- “London”: 122 members
- “North”: 89 members
- “Midlands, South and West” 149 members
The voting will happen as in past years, with everyone able to vote for any candidates for the Board, but the results will work as follows: the seven people elected will be
- the highest ranking individual from each area, and
- the four next highest ranking individuals
We hope this will encourage more people from outside London to put their names forward, with no risk of “splitting the vote”. A wider geographic spread of Board members will also mean that more places have a “local” member who can keep in touch with players and clubs in their part of the world. The Board will still have the ability to co-opt additional members if it appears helpful to do so. I’d also like to emphasise that you don’t need to be an expert player to be a good Board member – in fact more representation across the spectrum of playing ability is also highly desirable.
The next Board will review how these elections go and learn any lessons that come out, including whether the spread of candidates is broadened, and in case any seats are taken “by default” (which is clearly undesirable). Nominations for this year’s elections will open immediately after the UK Open, and if you’d like to know more about what it’s like to be on the Board please contact any of us.