Following the resignation of Derek Knight as the member of Council for the Croquet North and Yorkshire constituency, a by-election is to be held. The person elected will serve for the remainder of his three-year term, which ends in October 2022.
The Council has overall responsibility for the affairs of the Association, with a focus on high-level policy, strategic initiatives, scrutiny and transparency. Implementation of that policy is the responsibility of an Executive Board, which the Council appoints. The working committees report to the Executive Board.
There are 12 voting members of the Council, elected by single transferrable vote of 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.
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. We would like to encourage members with an active interest in the future of the CA to stand for election. A list of the skills needed for this role is published on the website.
If you are interested in serving in this way, please read on to find out more about the election process and contact Jonathan Isaacs, the Chairman of Council, for further information.
The timetable for the by-election is that nominations will close on 14th December and voting (if required) will finish on 11th January.
Nominations for election by a Constituency should be e-mailed to returning.officer#croquet.org.uk and the Secretaries of the Croquet North (David Millener) and Yorkshire (Margaret Wood) Federations, identifying the person nominated and their proposer and seconder, who must both be individual CA members registered to vote in the Constituency (the nominee doesn't have to be, but must be resident in the UK). A personal statement by the nominee, of no more than 300 words, may be attached for publication and they must have confirmed their willingness to stand.
CA members living in the UK are 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 most pages. It will not be possible to change your Constituency during this by-election.
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 login to the website to do it yourself.