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Croquet Association Officers, Council and its Committees

See The Structure of The Croquet Association for more information about how the CA is organised.

The members' 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 CA office.

The meetings schedule shows planned committees meetings, but some committees meet only when it becomes necessary, and some only meet in cyberspace (by teleconference or email).

The committee structure and responsibilities are defined in the Constitution and the Council Standing Orders and Practice Book. The following is a summary (the Council Practice Book is definitive). All committees report through the Management Committee to Council. The Management Committee comprises the Principal Standing Committees Chairs, together with the Council Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

A guide for committee chairmen has been drafted.

The CA Council comprises the Officers of the Association, Representatives from each Federation, and directly elected members.

Officers of The Croquet Association

President Quiller Barrett
Vice-President Andrew Hope, Colin Irwin, Dr Roger Bray, Jonathan Isaacs, Stephen Mulliner
Honorary Secretary Dr Ian Vincent
Honorary Treasurer Peter Death
Chairman of Council Brian Shorney
Vice-Chairman of Council John Bowcott

CA Council

Members of CA Council

Council Brian Shorney (01981 250521), Andrew Hope, Anna Giraud, Beatrice McGlen, Bill Arliss, Brian Fisk, Brian Havill, Brian Wilson, Colin Irwin, Dave Kibble, David Mooney, David Trimmer, Dr Charles Waterfield, Dr Ian Vincent, Dr Roger Bray, Dr Strat Liddiard, Dr Tim King, Frances Colman, Ian Lines, Jeff Dawson, John Bowcott, John Dawson, Jonathan Isaacs, Klim Seabright, Lionel Tibble, Mark Suter, Martin French, Mick Haytack, Paul Robertshaw, Peter Death, Quiller Barrett, Roger Staples, Stephen Mulliner [contact details]

Federation Officers and Federation Representatives on CA Council

  Coaching Officer
Coaching Committee Member
Development Officer
Development Committee Member
Representative
Council Member
Croquet North Roger Staples John Fitzpatrick Dr Charles Waterfield
East Anglian Federation Cliff Jones Jonathan Toye Brian Havill
East Midlands Federation Mick Haytack Mick Haytack Mick Haytack
North West Federation Paul Rigge James Hawkins John Dawson
South East & London Federation Jonathan Isaacs Brig Michael Hague David Mooney
South West Federation Dr Richard Jackson Adam Wimshurst
Robert Moss
Klim Seabright
Southern Federation Dr Ian Harrison Barry Dench Frances Colman
West Midlands Federation Robert Dodds Brian Christmas  
Yorkshire Federation   Richard Forman Anna Giraud

Committees

  Responsibilities Members (with chair's email)
Coaching Committee1
[full contact details]
  • Matters relating to national and regional coaching.
  • Publishing CA 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 CA Merit Award Scheme.
  • The selection of the Coach of the Year.
Sarah Hayes (01452 418135), Alison Jones, Anna Giraud, Cliff Jones, David Mooney, Dr David Crawford, Dr Ian Harrison, Dr Richard Jackson, John Harris, Jonathan Isaacs, Lionel Tibble, Mick Haytack, Paul Rigge, Robert Dodds, Roger Mills, Roger Staples
Development Committee1
[full contact 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 Management 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 Committee).
  • Making grants and loans, within Management guidelines, ensuring that these are applied only to existing Member Clubs, or new facilities where the club is likely to become a Member Club.
  • The organisation of Federation and Club Conferences from time to time.
  • The selection of the winners of Club Awards.
Roger Staples (01642 570490), Adam Wimshurst, Barry Dench, Beatrice McGlen, Dave Gunn, George Noble, Ian Cobbold, James Hawkins, John Bowcott, John Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Toye, Mick Haytack, Peter Death, Richard Forman, Robert Moss
Equipment Committee
[full contact 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), Colin Irwin, Dr Ian Plummer, Prof. Alan Pidcock
Executive Committee
[full contact details]
  • Matters of an urgent nature that requires executive action before a meeting of Management can be held.
  • Matters relating to CA employees and remuneration of other officers, e.g. Editor of the Gazette and the Commercial Agent.
  • Matters relating to appointments and awards not within the remit of other committees.
  • The appointment of members and chairmen of Disciplinary and Appeals Panels.
Brian Shorney (01981 250521), Dr Ian Vincent, John Bowcott, Peter Death, Roger Staples
Handicap Committee
[full contact details]
  • Approval of handicaps and changes to handicaps.
  • Handicap policy, the official list of Handicappers and the appointment of new Handicappers.
  • The CA Grading System.
  • The selection of winners of the Apps and Steel individual trophies.
Dr Strat Liddiard (01202 694135), Brian Fisk, Chris Williams, David Mooney, Don Williamson, Frances Colman, Lionel Tibble, Martin French
Information and Communications Technology Committee
[full contact details]
  • Developing and maintaining an ICT strategy.
  • Technical arrangements for the processing, storage and publication of the CA's data in support of its objectives, with particular concern for conformance 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 CA business.
  • Sourcing of ICT services.
  • Matters relating to the software technology of the website.
  • Arrangements for support and training.
Dr Ian Vincent (0115 925 3664), Dave Kibble, Jeff Dawson, Mark Suter, Patrick Hort, Peter Death, Samir Patel
International Committee1
[full contact details]
  • International matters (other than team selection) including arrangements for international championships organised by the CA, and representing the CA at international events held outside the domain.
  • Proposing to Management Committee the appointment and nomination of CA representatives to serve as officials and on committees of the WCF and other Associations.
  • Representing the Association 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 MC 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 holder.
  • Appointing, setting a budget and policy for and receiving reports from the Bursary Panel.
Dr Tim King (01827 703620), Beatrice McGlen, Colin Irwin, David Openshaw, Dr Ian Vincent, Dr James Hopgood, Ian Lines, Jeff Dawson, Keith Aiton, Samir Patel
Investment Committee
[full contact details]
  • Making recommendations to Management Committee on investment objectives and policies.
  • Making individual investment decisions in line with the objectives and policies.
Dr Strat Liddiard (01202 694135), Arthur Reed, Dr Roger Bray, Peter Death
Laws Committee (Association Croquet)
[full contact 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.
Dr Ian Vincent (0115 925 3664), Barry Keen, Bill Arliss, Brian Fisk, Colin Irwin, Ian Lines, Jeff Dawson, Peter Death, Stephen Mulliner
Management Committee1
[full contact details]
  • Matters relating to general finances and financial management of the CA.
  • Recommending to Council any changes in general policy or function of the CA.
  • Preparation of draft policy and planning papers for Council.
  • Drafting for Council's approval any changes to the CA Constitution, Standing Orders of Council and the Council Practice Book.
  • Ensuring the policies and plans of the Association are carried out efficiently and to the satisfaction of the Council. Communicating with, and co-ordinating the work of, other committees.
  • Receiving and considering minutes of all meetings held by the Executive and other Standing Committees. Deciding which matters concern policy and need to be referred to Council. Ensuring that when any matter of substance is to be considered the appropriate committee chairman or representative shall be invited to attend the meeting.
  • Appointing, setting a budget and policy for and receiving reports from the Bursary Panel.
  • Considering nominations for the award of CA Diplomas.
John Bowcott (020 8947 6032), Brian Shorney, Dr Ian Vincent, Dr Tim King, Frances Colman, Jeff Dawson, Mark Suter, Peter Death, Roger Staples
Marketing Committee1
[full contact details]
  • Implementing the marketing, merchandising, commercial and sales policy of the CA.
  • Generating ideas for increasing income from any source (ensuring these are considered by other committees).
  • Maintaining the goodwill of Individual Associates, Member Clubs, Affiliate Members and Federation officials.
  • Publicising the Croquet Association and its activities to members and to others in all relevant media, and Public Relations generally.
  • The preparation and maintenance of the CA's 'house style' and public image.
  • Advertising revenue from CA publications and sponsorship revenue.
  • Helping with recruitment of members, both clubs and individuals (in conjunction with Development Committee).
  • Oversight of CA Commercial Events, their managers and contracts.
Brian Wilson (01225 708540), John Dawson, Klim Seabright, Roger Staples
Publishing Committee1
[full contact details]
  • Objectives and editorial policy of all publishing media, including The Croquet Gazette, CA Website and social media. Ensuring that their contents accord with agreed policies.
  • Legal matters relating to publishing media, including copyright, libel, defamation and data protection issues.
  • Liaison with Marketing Committee on publishing matters relating to advertising and sponsorship.
  • 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, in conjunction with Marketing Committee. Discussion of website contents and design with CA members, 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 members and others.
John Dawson (01244 675929), Alison Jones, Brian Havill, Christopher Roberts, Dave Kibble, Dr Charles Waterfield, Jeff Dawson, Mark Suter, Philip Eardley, Roger Staples, Samir Patel
Rules Committee (Golf Croquet)
[full contact 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.
Stephen Mulliner (01428 643504), Alan Morton, Bill Arliss, Don Williamson, Dr Ian Vincent, Dr Tim King, Kevin Ham, Martin French, Richard Brooks
Selection Committee (Association Croquet)
[full contact 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), Beatrice McGlen, Ian Burridge, Robert Wilkinson, Stephen Mulliner
Selection Committee (Golf Croquet)
[full contact 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.
Martin French (01473 288448), Christopher Roberts, Dr Tim King, John-Paul Moberly, Lionel Tibble, Pierre Beaudry, Stephen Mulliner
Tournaments Committee (Association Croquet)1
[full contact details]
  • All matters relating to CA 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 CA 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 CA Association Croquet tournaments and competitions.
  • Following guidelines from the Management Committee, 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 Fisk (01722 323510), Bill Arliss, David Foulser, David Mooney, Hilary Smith, Marcus Evans, Michael Town, Samir Patel
Tournaments Committee (Golf Croquet)1
[full contact details]
  • All matters relating to CA Golf Croquet tournaments and competitions and any questions relating to other Golf Croquet tournaments held under the Rules and Regulations.
  • Liaising with the Association Croquet Tournaments Committee regarding the scheduling of CA sponsored competitions to avoid clashes between Association Croquet and Golf Croquet events.
  • Liaising with the Association Croquet Tournaments Committee regarding the non-Refereeing Regulations for Tournaments.
  • Liaising with the Association Croquet Tournaments Committee over the inclusion of Golf Croquet Tournaments in the annual Fixtures Calendar.
  • Liaising with the Association Croquet Tournaments Committee over matters relating to the official list of Managers and the appointment of Managers.
  • Liaising with the Association Croquet Tournaments Committee over matters relating to trophies for Golf Croquet events.
  • Liaising with clubs hosting Championships and National Events.
  • Setting entry charges for CA Golf Croquet tournaments and competitions.
  • Advising the Marketing Committee regarding raising funds from third parties for Golf Croquet events.
Dr Tim King (01827 703620), Bill Arliss, Christopher Roberts, John Bowcott, Jonathan Powe, Rachel Gee, Richard Bilton, Stephen Mulliner, Tobi Savage

1 Principal Standing Committee.

 

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