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Croquet England Officers, Executive and Committees


See The Structure of Croquet England for more information about the organisation of Croquet England.

The Subscribers' Area gives access to full contact details of committee members, together with meeting minutes and reports. If you cannot find the contact details you require please contact the office.

The meetings schedule shows planned meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Executive and of committee meetings, but some committees meet only when it becomes necessary.

The committee structure and responsibilities are defined in the Standing Orders and Practice Book. The following is a summary (the Croquet England Practice Book is definitive). All committees report to the Executive. The Executive is responsible to the Board of Trustees.

A guide for the chairs of committees has been drafted.

Federation officers are listed on pages linked from the Federations page, together with the Federation Coaching Officer and Development Officer, who are members of the relevant committee.

The Board of Trustees comprises 11 voting members. Following the initial period, six of the charity trustees will be elected from regional constituencies and 5 will be appointed to supplement the experience and expertise already possessed by the elected trustees and to meet the requirements and recommendations of Sport England. The Secretary, the Treasurer, the Chief Executive Officer and the President attend the meetings of the Board but do not have a vote.

Croquet England Officers

President Patricia Duke-Cox
Vice-President Ian Vincent, Roger Bray, Andrew Hope, Stephen Mulliner, Colin Irwin, Jonathan Isaacs
Secretary John Reddish
Treasurer Robert Fulford
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Samir Patel
Chief Executive Officer Beatrice McGlen

Croquet England Committees

  Responsibilities Members (with chair's eMail)  
Board of Trustees
[full details]

The Board has overall responsibility for the affairs of the Organisation, with a focus on high-level policy, strategic initiatives, scrutiny and transparency.

Samir Patel 020 8892 2172 (Chair), Robert Fulford (Treasurer), John Reddish (Secretary), Peter Michael Allan, George Collin, Carol Driver, Tim King, Beatrice McGlen, Stuart M Smith, Andrew Stewart, Robin Tasker, Brian Wilson
Executive
[full details]
  • Matters relating to the general finances of the Organisation.
  • Recommending to the Board of Trustees the overall long-term financial and budgetary policy for the Organisation.
  • Matters relating to the membership policy of Croquet England, including entitlements of, and subscriptions from, different classes of member.
  • Preparation of three-year forecasts and an annual budget for the Organisation.
  • Preparation of the Annual Budget of the Executive itself.
  • Preparation of guidance to other Standing Committees to enable them to set their budgets.
  • Preliminary approval and recommendation to the Board of Trustees of the Annual Accounts of Croquet England.
  • General monitoring of financial performance of all activities against the budget, and carrying out any corrective actions should such monitoring identify significant divergence from expectation.
  • Recommending to the Board of Trustees any changes in general policy or function of the Organisation.
  • Preparation of draft policy and planning papers for the Board of Trustees.
  • Ensuring the policies and plans of the Organisation are carried out efficiently and to the satisfaction of the Board of Trustees. Communicating with, and co-ordinating the work of, other committees; in so doing Executive members should not become involved in the routine work of any committee other than the one they may chair or to which they have been elected or appointed.
  • Preparing a two-year forward schedule for meetings of the Principal Standing Committes.
  • Receiving and considering the reports and minutes of all meetings held by other Standing Committees. In conjunction with relevant other committee chairmen, deciding which matters concern policy and need to be referred to the Board of Trustees. Ensuring that when any matter of substance is to be considered by the Executive, the appropriate committee chairman or representative shall be invited to attend the meeting.
  • Receiving reports from the Secretary to the Executive, the Treasurer and the Operations Manager.
  • Appointing, setting budgets and policy for and receiving reports from International Performance Directors for Association and Golf Croquet and any working parties or action groups.
  • Considering nominations for the award of Croquet England Diplomas. These Diplomas recognise those club members (and not just Croquet England subscribers) who have given outstanding service to croquet and have been active in club or federation affairs over a long period. The Diplomas have nothing to do with croquet prowess and everything to do with help given to other members. Nominations should be made by clubs or federations and accompanied by a declaration by the person submitting them that they are not aware of any reason why an award could bring the Organisation into disrepute. They should normally be accepted, but may be declined if felt to be of insufficient merit or deferred if too many are submitted in any year. The award is not normally made posthumously, but may be if there are surviving family members who would appreciate it.
  • Managing matters not covered by the terms of reference of other committees.
Beatrice McGlen 01777 248187 (Chief Executive), Paul Brown (Secretary), Robert Fulford (Treasurer), Andy Dibben, Paul Francis, Paul Hetherington, Gabrielle Higgins, David Openshaw, Samir Patel, Mark Suter [Operations Manager], Rich Waterman
Awards Panel
[full details]
  • Recommending to the Board of Trustees candidates for Major Council Awards
  • Reviewing Diploma nominations
Patricia Duke-Cox, Dave Kibble, Ian Vincent
Coaching Committee
[full details]
  • Matters relating to national and regional coaching.
  • Publishing Croquet England standard coaching material, including elite level.
  • Matters relating to coaching policy, the official list of coaches and the appointment of coaches. Training and examining official Association and Golf Croquet coaches at all levels.
  • The Croquet England Merit Award Scheme.
  • The selection of the Coach of the Year.
John Harris 01904 620211 (Chair), Philip Bate, Derek Blow, Jason Carley, Richard Carline, Paul Francis, Anna Giraud, Ruth Raunkiaer, Ian Shore, Lionel Tibble, Rich Waterman
Complaints Administrator
[full details]
  • Administering the Croquet England Complaints and Volunteer Grievance Procedures

     

Stephen Mulliner 01428 643504
Equipment Group
[full details]
  • Setting standards for playing equipment, including mallets, balls, hoops and other court equipment.
  • Development of testing methods, including ball and hoop gauges, and other ball-testing methods and testing equipment.
  • Development of testing methods for speed of grass courts, and speed and other criteria for approving courts made from artificial surfaces.
  • Research and development of playing equipment, including mallets, balls, hoops, and court surfaces.
David Trimmer 01747 824822 (Chair), Alan Pidcock, Ian Plummer
Funding Committee
[full details]
  • Making grants and loans, within agreed guidelines, to existing Affiliated Clubs, or new facilities where the club is likely to become an Affiiated Club.
  • Proposing to the Executive annually, for their approval, a budget for
    grants and loans accompanied by a strategy for the disbursement of such
    funds.
  • Control and administration of grants and loans within the approved annual
    budget for each and in accordance with the approved strategy.
  • Reception and review of applications for grants or loans submitted by Federation Development Officers on behalf of Affiliated Clubs.
  • Approval of grants and loans up to and including £10,000.
  • Administration of the Young Person's Sponsorship Scheme and the Bursary
    Scheme.
John Reddish 01603 502103 (Chair), Sarah Andrew, Robert Fulford, George Noble, Jonathan Toye
Handicap Committee
[full details]
  • Approval of handicaps and changes to handicaps.
  • Handicap policy, the official list of Handicappers and the appointment of new Handicappers.
  • The Croquet England Grading System.
  • The selection of winners of the Apps, Steel and Spiers individual trophies.
Christopher Roberts 07973 787710 (Chair), Sara Anderson, Richard Bilton, Frances Colman, David Cornes, Klim Seabright, Lionel Tibble, Chris Williams
Information Technology (IT) Committee
[full details]
  • Developing and maintaining an IT strategy.
  • Technical arrangements for the processing, storage and publication of the Croquet England's data in support of its objects, with particular concern for conformity with data protection and other relevant legislation.
  • Specification, implementation and/or approval of new software and systems and changes to existing ones.
  • Specification and/or approval of computers and communication equipment for use on Croquet England business.
  • Sourcing of ICT services.
  • Matters relating to the software technology of the websites.
  • Arrangements for support and training.
Andy Dibben 020 8391 1929 (Chair), David Fuller, Alison Maugham, Samir Patel, Mark Suter [Operations Manager], Ian Vincent
International Committee
[full details]
  • International matters (other than team selection) including arrangements for international championships organised by Croquet England and representing Croquet England at international events held outside the domain.
  • Proposing to the Exexcutive the appointment and nomination of Croquet England representatives to serve as officials and on committees of the WCF and other Associations.
  • Representing the Organisation and exercising its votes in the World Croquet Federation (WCF) Council.
  • Communication with other Governing Bodies, in liaison with other appropriate committees.
  • Making proposals to the Executive regarding obtaining funds for international events from third parties, including Government Departments and Sport England.
  • Liaising with the Tournaments Committees over venues and dates for international events.
  • Custody and maintenance of international trophies when England or Great Britain are the holders.
Keith Aiton 01400 282841 (Chair), Chris Clarke, Harry Fisher, James Hopgood, Ian Lines, Ian Vincent
International Performance Director (AC)
[full details]
  • Responsibilty for England's performance at international AC events, whether singles or team.
  • Formulating and implementing a strategy to improve international performance in the short/medium term and medium/long term including resourcing with volunteers as appropriate.
  • Liaising with all parts of Croquet England necessary to ensure support of improved international performance, influencing recruitment strategies, the tournament programme, International matches, selection policy, bursary funding, etc.
  • Working with the Coaching Committee and others to ensure that a flow of talented players is achieved every year and the best are identified for further development.
  • Sharing relevant identified best practice with the GC International Performance Director.
Philip Eardley 01473 217119
International Performance Director (GC)
[full details]
  • Responsibility for England's performance at international singles and team GC events.
  • Creating and managing a sustainable international pathway to take talented beginners through to elite performers.
  • Working with all parts of Croquet England necessary to ensure the support of improved international performance.
  • Sharing relevant identified best practice with the AC International Performance Director.
Lionel Tibble 01604 493929
Laws Committee (Association Croquet)
[full details]
  • Resolving questions of interpretation, amendment, revision of or additions to the Laws, and the Regulations for Refereeing, of Association Croquet (in collaboration with the WCF AC Laws Committee).
  • The training, appointment and examination of Referees and Examining Referees for Association Croquet.
  • Collaborating with the Tournaments and Handicap Committees, over questions of interpretation, amendment or additions to the non-refereeing Tournament Regulations.
Peter Death 01827 251738 (Chair), Jeff Dawson, Brian Fisk, Barry Keen, Ian Lines, Stephen Mulliner, Ian Vincent
Marketing and Communications Committee
[full details]
  • Implementing the marketing, merchandising, commercial and sales policy of Croquet England.
  • Generating ideas for increasing income from any source (ensuring these are considered by other committees).
  • Maintaining the goodwill of individual subscribers, Affiliated Clubs, Partners and Federation officers.
  • Publicising Croquet England and its activities to subscribers and to others in all relevant media, and public relations generally.
  • Preparating and maintaining Croquet England's 'house style' and public image.
  • Obtaining advertising revenue from Croquet England publications and sponsorship revenue.
  • Helping with recruitment of individual subscibers and affilaited clubs in conjunction with the Sport Development Committee).
  • Oversight of Croquet England commercial events, their managers and contracts.
  • Establishing the objectives and editorial policy of all publishing media, including The Croquet Gazette, the Croquet England Website and social media. Ensuring that their contents accord with agreed policies.
  • Attending to legal matters relating to publishing media, including copyright, libel, defamation and data protection issues.
  • Establishing the terms of reference and appointment of any volunteers who help publish the magazine and/or the website.
  • The design, house-style and promotion of the website. Discussion of website contents and design with Croquet England subscribers, and the provision of feedback to those responsible.
  • Advice to other committees and working parties about the function and purpose of serial and occasional publications, ensuring they meet the requirements of subscribbers and others
Annabel McDiarmid 07985 558889 (Chair), Duncan Catterall, Paul Hetherington, Alison Maugham, Mark Suter [Operations Manager]
Membership Secretariat
[full details]
  • Supporting the Office in handling issues relating to the membership of the Organisation.
Andy Dibben, Robert Fulford, Mark Suter [Operations Manager]
Mentoring Officer
[full details]
Stephen Mulliner 01428 643504
National Safeguarding Officer
[full details]
  • Refer to the Welfare section of the Croquet England website
Ron Carter [Safeguarding Officer] 01242 384643
Rules Committee (Golf Croquet)
[full details]
  • Resolving questions of interpretation, amendment, revision of or additions to the Rules, and the Regulations for Refereeing, of Golf Croquet (in collaboration with the WCF GC Rules Committee).
  • The training, appointment and examination of Referees and Examining Referees for Golf Croquet.
  • Collaborating with the Tournaments and Handicap Committees, over questions of interpretation, amendment or additions to the non-refereeing Tournament Regulations.
Ian Cobbold 020 8642 0533 (Chair), Richard Bilton, Kevin Ham, Stephen Mulliner, Ian Shore, Ian Vincent
Selection Committee (AC World Team Championship)
[full details]

To select the team to represent England in the 2022 MacRobertson Shield, the World Association Croquet Team Championship.

 
Selection Committee (Association Croquet)
[full details]
  • The selection of players for Association Croquet invitation and representative events, other than the MacRobertson Shield.
  • The selection of players for invitation to elite and international level Association Croquet coaching programmes.
  • The selection of players for any Association Croquet squad from which representative teams for England or GB may be drawn or development squad.
Ian Lines 01780 740359 (Chair), Chris Clarke, Harry Fisher, Gabrielle Higgins, Michael Town, Robert Wilkinson
Selection Committee (GC World Team Championship)
[full details]
  • The selection of the team to represent England in the WCF World Golf Croquet Team Championship (the Openshaw Shield).
Keith Aiton, Chris Clarke, Robert Fulford, David Openshaw, Christopher Roberts, Lionel Tibble
Selection Committee (Golf Croquet)
[full details]
  • The selection of players for Golf Croquet invitation and representative events, other than the Openshaw Shield.
  • The selection of players for invitation to elite and international level Golf Croquet coaching programmes.
  • The selection of players for any Golf Croquet squad from which representative teams for England or GB may be drawn or development squad.
Chris Clarke (Chair), Rachel Gee, Christopher Roberts, Tobi Savage, Aston Wade
Sport Development Committee
[full details]
  • Matters relating to the policy for development of playing facilities, including relations with Federations and other groups involved with regional development, including liaison with Schools, Universities, Colleges and Local Authorities.
  • Making proposals to the Executive regarding obtaining development funds from third parties, including Government Departments and Sport England.
  • Helping regional efforts to increase the number of people playing croquet, and developing new clubs (in liaison with Marketing & Publishing Committee).
  • Administering the support offered by Croquet England to new clubs
  • Supporting Federation Devlopment Officers
  • The organisation of Federation and Club Conferences from time to time.
  • The selection of the winners of Club Awards.
Jonathan Toye 01366 382280 (Chair), Mike Akester, Peter Michael Allan, Eugene Chang, Thomas Halliday, John Haslam, Mick Haytack, Deborah James, Adrian Morris
Tournaments Committee (Association Croquet)
[full details]
  • All matters relating to Croquet England tournaments and competitions (excluding Golf Croquet) and any questions relating to other tournaments held under the Laws and Regulations.
  • Liaising with the GC Tournaments Committee regarding the scheduling of Croquet England sponsored competitions to avoid clashes between Association Croquet and Golf Croquet events.
  • Amendments to the Tournament Regulations in conjunction with the AC Laws, GC Rules, Golf Croquet Tournaments and Handicap Committees.
  • Managing the publication of, and all matters (except advertising) relating to, the annual Fixtures Calendar book.
  • Matters relating to the official list of Managers and the appointment of Managers.
  • Liaison with clubs hosting Championships and National Events.
  • Lawn and ball hire charges.
  • Setting entry charges for Croquet England Association Croquet tournaments and competitions.
  • Following guidelines from the Executive, setting the Tournament Levy and the preparation of the budget for tournament activities.
  • Responsibility for Trophies (including Golf Croquet): care of; inscriptions; maintenance of records; allocation of trophies to specific tournaments; delivery of trophies to venues.
Brian Havill 01707 873269 (Chair), Liz Farrow, Samir Patel, Jonathan Powe, Hilary Smith, Michael Town
Tournaments Committee (Golf Croquet)
[full details]

The Golf Croquet Tournaments Committee is responsible for matters relating to Croquet England GC tournaments and competitions, and any questions relating to other GC tournaments held under the Rules and Regulations. This includes:

  • The scheduling and promotion of competitions and their inclusion in the annual Fixtures Calendar, and liaising with the AC Tournaments Committee to avoid clashes between AC and GC tournaments.
  • The appointment of tournament Directors and Managers for, and liaising with the host clubs of, GC Championships and National Events.
  • Setting entry charges, and matters relating to trophies, for GC tournaments and competitions, and the preparation of the income and expenditure budget for GC tournament activities.
  • Assisting the AC Tournaments Committee regarding the current Tournament Regulations.
  • Liaising with the AC Tournaments Committee regarding matters relating to the official list of Managers and guidance on tournament management.
Richard Bilton 07570 599136 (Chair), Andrea Huxley, Steve Leonard, Stephen Mulliner, Jonathan Powe, Christopher Roberts, Louise Smith, Stuart M Smith, Lionel Tibble