Corporate Governance

The All England Netball Association (England Netball) is a company limited by guarantee. It is a private company, which operates as a members association on sound business principles.

There are no shareholders and the Board of Directors is directly accountable to members for the performance of the company. The Company acts as the National Governing Body for the game of netball and is a membership, not for profit, organisation covering all aspects of the great game of netball from grass roots to elite athlete participation.

England Netball’s purpose and how it is to be administered is set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association which are adopted by the members. Within the parameters of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, the Board of Directors have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of England Netball; ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering its objectives for the benefit of its members and Netball in England.

You can download the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association here.

England Netball Board

In accordance with the Articles, the Board is made up of:

  • the Chairman (who will be either an Elected Director or an Appointed Director);
  • the Treasurer (who will be either an Elected Director or an Appointed Director);
  • the Chief Executive;
  • up to a maximum of seven Independent Directors; and
  • up to a maximum of three Nominated Directors.

The current Board consists of up to 11, including the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board operates on a rotational basis; Directors can serve for a maximum of four terms of two years. No Director (apart from the CEO) can serve more than eight consecutive years.

Colin Povey

Chairman

Director Status – Independent

Appointment date – 19 September 2015

Netball Region based in – East Midlands
Bridget Blow

Senior Independent Director

Director Status – Independent

Appointment date – 19 September 2015

Netball Region based in – West Midlands

 

Anne Marie Wallis

Treasurer

Director Status – Independent

Appointment date – 17 September 2016

Netball Region based in – West Midlands

 

Tracy Clark

Director Status – Independent

Appointment date – 19 September 2015

Netball Region based in – London & South East

 

Ashley Giles

Director Status – Independent

Appointment date – 16 September 2017

Netball Region based in – West Midlands

 

Peter Taylor

Director Status – Independent

Appointment date – 16 September 2017

Netball Region based in – South West

 

Martyn Wilks

Director Status – Independent

Appointment date – 20 September 2014

Netball Region based in – South

 

Vicky Annis

Director Status – Nominated

Appointment date – 19 September 2015

Netball Region based in – London & South East

 

Charlotte Rose

Director Status – Nominated

Appointment date – 19 September 2015

Netball Region based in – East

 

Debbie Ryan

Director Status – Nominated

Appointment date – 19 September 2015

Netball Region based in – East

 

Joanna Adams

CEO

Director Status – Ex-Officio

Netball Region based in – East Midlands

 

The Board is supported by the Honorary President who represents the interests of the membership.
Lindsay Sartori

Honorary President

Netball Region based in – London & South East

 

Commitment to Diversity

The Current Board gender representation meets the Sport England Code of Governance target of a minimum of 30% of each gender. England Netball has adopted this target and is strongly committed to maintaining it’s adherence to this target and working towards greater gender parity and improved general diversity. We are always keen to receive expressions of interest in Board positions from all candidates particularly those from under-represented groups and will continue to work hard to attract exceptional candidates from all areas of the community aiming to attract at least one candidate from a diverse background for any future vacant Board positions.

In order to achieve this England Netball have developed a Diversity Action Plan designed to ensure we attract candidates for Director vacancies from a diverse pool that best represents the membership. As part of this England Netball will be working closely over the coming years with the Regions and Counties to help enhance diversity at all levels of netball’s governance structures. It is hoped that work in this area will support succession planning throughout the volunteer structures, to ensure the continued and future success of our sport, led by a highly capable Board with diverse experiences.

Responsibility of the Board

The Board have agreed collectively their role is:

  • Be custodians of the values, history and heritage of the game
  • Lead by:
    • Being a catalyst of high quality strategic thinking, creating an environment to achieve
    • Being a voice for the netball participants
    • Acting as an ambassador for the vision and strategy
  • Govern by:
    • Taking responsibility for sport & organisation
    • Ensuring the sport and business operates in a complaint & ethical way
  • Protect the future of the sport & the NGB by:
    • Making important decisions on strategy, policy & business management
    • Monitoring performance, including that of the CEO

The Board considers that good corporate governance is central to achieving the company’s objectives and the principle of safeguarding stakeholder’s interests. To support this aspiration the Board operates a number of committees and advisory forums/groups:

  • Committees are specialist groups with more time and expertise can provide in-depth scrutiny and monitoring for the Board; making recommendations and providing assurance.  England Netball has three Committees: Finance & Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committee.
  • Presidents Circle and Advisory Forums/Groups are established because the Board, Committees and/or the Executive Team recognise that they cannot operate in isolation therefore uses this network of groups and forums to provide feedback and advise on EN initiatives and/or specific areas of expertise.

The Board delegates to the Chief Executive Officer the day to day and business management control.

For further information about the work of the Board please contact company.secretary@englandnetball.co.uk

The Board are committed to England Netball operating with integrity and transparency. The minutes of recent Board Meetings and Annual Reports are all made available to the public.

England Netball’s Code of Conduct and downloadable information can be found here.

Memorandum of Association

Articles of Association