Election of New CA Council
As a result of the changes agreed by the Special General Meeting held on 30th March, 2019, a new Council for the Croquet Association (CA) is to be elected this summer. This is an opportunity for you to be involved in the governance of croquet's national governing body. If you are an Individual Member of the CA, either by paying a subscription directory or if you have chosen to be a Standard member through membership of your club, you will have a vote and you will also be eligible for election and to nominate others.
Role of the Council and its Members
The new Council is to have overall responsibility for the affairs of the Association, with a focus on high-level policy, strategic initiatives, scrutiny and transparency. Implementation of that policy will be the responsibility of an Executive Board, which the Council will appoint. The working committees will report to the Executive Board.
There will be 12 voting members of the new Council, compared with the 33 on the existing one. They will be elected by individual CA members in constituencies made up of one or more federations. They are to represent the players, clubs and federations in their constituency, balancing the interests of them and those of the CA as a whole as best they can.
Standing for Election
Membership of the Council thus offers a significant opportunity to shape the future of the CA, in the interests of its members as a whole. Members with an active interest in the future of the CA and who have the skills needed for this role are encouraged to stand for election. If you are interested in serving in this way, please read on to find out more about the election process and contact John Bowcott, the Chairman of Council, for further information.
However, whilst the Council will set the high-level policy, it will be ineffective unless there is also a strong Executive Board to implement it. The list of skills also shows those wanted for appointment to that, or as a chairman or member of one of its working committees.
Again, please contact John Bowcott if you wish to contribute in this way or want further information about doing so.
The election process is to be managed by an Electoral Commission, consisting of Quiller Barrett (President), Peter Death (Hon. Treasurer) and Ian Vincent (Hon. Secretary), who are responsible to the CA as a whole, which elected them, rather than to Council. They intend to be as open and transparent as possible in their work and have started by publishing the election rules.
The composition of, and number of Council members returned by, each constituency has been chosen to reflect the geographic distribution of CA members. For the initial election they are composed of federations as follows:
To establish the new Council, all twelve members will be elected this year and allocated initial terms of 2, 3 or 4 years. Thereafter, a third of the members will be elected each year. Elections will be by single transferable vote.
Please click on the name of the constituency in the table above for further details and to see who has been nominated for it.
The timetable for the elections this year is that nominations will close on 30th July and voting will finish on 3rd September, so that the results are known before the new Council takes office after the AGM on 19th October.
Nominations for election by a constituency should be e-mailed to returning.officer#croquet.org.uk, identifying the constituency, the person nominated, and their proposer and seconder, who must both be Individual Members of the CA registered to vote in the constituency. A personal statement, of no more than 300 words, may be attached for publication and the nominee must have confirmed their willingness to stand. The e-mail should be copied to the secretary(s) of the federation(s) making up the constituency.
CA members living in the UK have been allocated to a constituency based on the federation membership of their primary club, failing which the leading part of the postcode of their home address. You can see the constituency for which you are registered by viewing your details on the CA website, which you can do, when you are logged into it, by clicking on your name, which appears next to the login/out button on the top right of this and most other pages on the website. You are free to modify your registered constituency to whichever you feel you have the greatest interest in (although please note you will only be able to vote in one constituency). To set or change it, click the "Edit" button positioned above your personal details and step through the forms to change them by clicking "Next" until you reach the confirmation form.
If a ballot is necessary for your constituency, you will be able to vote online or by post. Further details will be published on the website and in the next edition of the Croquet Gazette. You will only be able to receive an e-mail giving a link to the voting application if you have an up to date e-mail address recorded in the CA Directory (though you can still be ex-directory if you do not want it published). Please ask your club secretary to set it for you if you can't log in to the website to do it yourself.