I have a list of questions I would like to address to the eleven candidates for the election of the UKBGF Board of Directors, in the hopes that this will encourage positive debate. A link to the manifestos page is included here for reference.
1. ACCOUNTABILITY – How should the UKBGF improve accountability to its members (e.g., Annual General Meetings, annual accounts and proposed budget reports, minutes of Board and Committee meetings, performance measurement of Board Directors, Management and Business plans, use of independent auditors and complaints officers, etc.)
2. TRANSPARENCY – How should the UKBGF improve transparency of its policy decisions and proceedings in general? (e.g., publishing reports and minutes of meetings on the UKBGF website, allowing comments from UKBGF members, member’s comments to blogs, minutes and reports should not be anonymous or from an unclear source, etc.)
3. EQUALITY & DIVERSITY – How should the UKBGF improve its policies on equality and diversity for its members and other stakeholders? (e.g., moving the focus of control away from London where all meetings have been held hitherto and promoting meetings allowing remote attendance my members, promoting greater inclusion for players from wider ethnic backgrounds, and for women and children, controls on harassment and bullying, favouritism and nepotism, etc.)
4. DISABILITY RELATED ISSUES – How should the UKBGF improve its policies on disability access and other disability related issues? (e.g., pro-active management and planning of tournaments and other events; ensuring the structure and venues of board and committee meetings allow full participation by the disabled by catering for their needs, production and incorporation of special tournament rules and guidance documents catering for the special needs of disabled participants, etc.)
5. PROFESSIONALISM – How should the UKBGF improve its professionalism? (e.g., communications between Board Directors and Officers and UKBGF members and other stakeholders; disclosure and/or avoidance of vested interests – requirement of complete impartiality and financial disinterest for tournament directors, etc.)
6. OPENNESS & APPROACHABILITY – How should the UKBGF improve its policies on openness for its members and other stakeholders? (e.g., avoidance of rejections of comments and proposals without consultation with other Board or Committee members, allowing all UKBGF members to communicate with all Board members and officers through email and facebook and other social media – no blocking or defriending of UKBGF members or other stakeholders)
7. GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT – How should the UKBGF improve its policies on grassroots development? (e.g., how to grow the game by extending inclusion to new players; how to develop the learning and participation of backgammon in children’s clubs, schools and higher education, etc.)
8. MEDIA PROMOTION – How should the UKBGF improve its policies on media promotion? (e.g., promotion of positive stories through magazines, newspapers, radio and television; appointment of a professional media officer, etc.)
9. INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE – How should the UKBGF improve its policies on international best practice? (e.g., promoting the standards of excellence being achieved in Denmark, Japan and USA through promoting and encouraging transparency of backgammon performance at the higher and advanced levels of play, following and emulating the high level of professionalism achieved in USA over the last few year in promoting, managing and documenting live match streaming, transcription and associated documenting and archiving, adopting a formalised process to avoid allowing master and expert class players in lower divisions at tournaments, etc.)
10. GOVERNANCE – How should the UKBGF improve its policies on governance? (e.g., detailed expansion of the UKBGF written constitution, inclusion of bylaws, regulations, codes of practice and guidance documents, framework of reporting, processes for appointing co-opted members, independent auditors and complaints officers, etc.)
Should they wish to do so, all candidates are invited to reply in the comments section below. Others may comment as well. If you are answering Rick’s questions please do so in the Comment box at the very bottom, under ‘Leave a Reply’. If you wish to reply to another comment, please do so by first clicking ‘Reply’ under the specific comment in question and type your reply in the box which will then appear. This just ensures that comments appear in a logical order.
Rick has collated the various responses from the candidates, spread across many comments, into a single document which we hope you will find more readable! You can download it here (updated 5 Oct).