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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 CA Practice Book is definitive). All committees report to the Executive Board, except the Executive Board itself, which is responsible to Council.

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 Colin Irwin, Jonathan Isaacs, Patricia Duke-Cox, Roger Bray, Andrew Hope, Stephen Mulliner
Honorary Secretary Ian Vincent
Honorary Treasurer Peter Death
Chairman of Council Jonathan Isaacs
Vice-Chairman of Council Patricia Duke-Cox

CA Council

Members of CA Council

Quiller Barrett, Ian Cobbold, Frances Colman, John Dawson, Peter Death, Patricia Duke-Cox, Brian Havill, Jonathan Isaacs, Dave Kibble, Derek Knight, Peter Nelson, Samir Patel, Klim Seabright, Roger Staples, Ian Vincent, Rich Waterman

Federation officers and federation representatives on CA Council are listed on the Federations page, together with the Federation Coaching Officer and Development Officer, who are members of the relevant CA committee.

Committees

  Responsibilities Members (with chair's eMail)  
Bursary Panel
[full contact details]
  David Openshaw 020 8704 0134 (Chairman), Jeff Dawson
CA Mentoring Officer
[full contact details]
  Stephen Mulliner
Coaching Committee
[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 (Chairman), Philp Bate, Richard Carline, Anna Giraud, John Harris, Ian Harrison, Richard Jackson, Derek Johnson, Cliff Jones, Roger Mills, David Mooney, Stewart Newman, Paul Rigge, Lionel Tibble, Rich Waterman
Development Committee
[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.
John Reddish 01603 502103 (Chairman), Peter Allan, Sarah Andrew, Eugene Chang, Ian Cobbold, Peter Death, Richard Forman, Paul Francis, Mick Haytack, Beatrice McGlen, George Noble, Brian Shorney, Roger Staples, Jonathan Toye
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 (Chairman), Colin Irwin, Alan Pidcock, Ian Plummer
Executive Board
[full contact details]
  • Matters relating to the general finances of the Association.
  • Recommending to Council the overall long-term financial and budgetary policy for the Association.
  • Matters relating to the membership policy of the Croquet Association, including entitlements of, and subscriptions from, different classes of member.
  • Preparation of three-year forecasts and an annual budget for the Association.
  • Preparation of the Annual Budget of the Executive Board itself.
  • Preparation of guidance to other Standing Committees to enable them to set their budgets.
  • Preliminary approval and recommendation to Council of the Annual Accounts of the CA.
  • 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 Council any changes in general policy or function of the Association.
  • Preparation of draft policy and planning papers for Council.
  • 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; in so doing Executive Board 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 Council. Ensuring that when any matter of substance is to be considered by the Executive Board, the appropriate committee chairman or representative shall be invited to attend the meeting.
  • Receiving reports from the Secretary, Treasurer and 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 CA Diplomas. CA Diplomas recognise those club members (and not just CA Members) 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 Association 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.
Roger Staples (Chairman), John Bowcott, Eugene Chang, Peter Death, Tim King, Beatrice McGlen, Mark Suter [CA Manager], Ian Vincent
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, Steel and Spiers individual trophies.
Frances Colman 01491 638442 (Chairman), Brian Fisk, David Mooney, Sam Murray, Christopher Roberts, Klim Seabright, Lionel Tibble, Chris Williams, Don Williamson
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.
Ian Vincent 0115 925 3664 (Chairman), Jeff Dawson, Peter Death, Steve Fisher, Patrick Hort, Dave Kibble, Samir Patel, Mark Suter [CA Manager]
International Committee
[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.
Ian Lines 01780 740359 (Chairman), Keith Aiton, James Hopgood, Tim King, John-Paul Moberly, Sam Murray, David Openshaw, Samir Patel, Ian Vincent
International Performance Director (AC)
[full contact details]
  • Responsible for England's performance at international AC events, whether singles or team.
  • Formulate and implement a strategy to improve international performance in the short/medium term (i.e. the next Mac cycle) and medium/long term (i.e. future Mac cycles) including resourcing with volunteers as appropriate.
  • Liaise with all parts of the CA necessary to ensure support of improved international performance, influencing recruitment strategies, the tournament programme, International matches, selection policy, bursary funding, etc.
  • Share relevant identified best practice with the GC International Performance Director.
Rich Waterman
International Performance Director (GC)
[full contact details]
  • Responsible for England's performance at international singles and Team GC events.
  • Create and manage a sustainable international pathway to take talented beginners through to elite performers.
  • Work with all parts of the CA necessary to ensure support of improved international performance.
  • Share relevant identified best practice with the AC International Performance Director.
Lionel Tibble
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.
Ian Vincent 0115 925 3664 (Chairman), Bill Arliss, Jeff Dawson, Peter Death, Brian Fisk, Colin Irwin, Barry Keen, Ian Lines, Stephen Mulliner
Marketing Committee
[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.
Eugene Chang (Chairman), John Dawson, Stephanie Ferguson, Linda Gavigan, John Reddish, Tobi Savage, Klim Seabright
Publishing Committee
[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.
Brian Havill 01707 873269 (Chairman), John Dawson, Philip Eardley, Dave Kibble, Samir Patel, Christopher Roberts, Roger Staples, Mark Suter [CA Manager], Charles Waterfield
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 (Chairman), Bill Arliss, Richard Brooks, Kevin Ham, Tim King, Ian Vincent, Don Williamson
Selection Committee (AC World Team Championship)
[full contact details]
To select the team to represent England in the 2021 MacRobertson Shield, the World Association Croquet Team Championship. Ian Lines 01780 740359 (Chairman), Keith Aiton, James Death, Robert Fulford, David Maugham, Stephen Mulliner, Samir Patel
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 (Chairman), Beatrice McGlen, Stephen Mulliner, Sam Murray, Robert Wilkinson
Selection Committee (GC World Team Championship)
[full contact details]
  • To select the team to represent England in the 2020 WCF World Golf Croquet Team Championship (the Openshaw Shield).
Lionel Tibble 01604 493929 (Chairman), Pierre Beaudry, Ian Burridge, John-Paul Moberly, Jonathan Powe
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.
Lionel Tibble 01604 493929 (Chairman), Pierre Beaudry, Tim King, John-Paul Moberly, Stephen Mulliner, Jonathan Powe, Christopher Roberts
Tournaments Committee (Association Croquet)
[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.
Beatrice McGlen 01777 248187 (Chairman), Eugene Chang, Callum Johnson, Roger Mills, Sam Murray, Samir Patel, Jonathan Powe, Hilary Smith, Michael Town
Tournaments Committee (Golf Croquet)
[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.
Jonathan Powe 01963 220021 (Chairman), Bill Arliss, Richard Bilton, John Bowcott, Frances Colman, Tim King, Stephen Mulliner, Christopher Roberts, Tobi Savage

 

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