Club Rules and Governance
An update from the Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chairman, Ian Morgan OBE.
Had the AGM been held I was intending to give Members advance warning of some proposed changes to the Club Rules and governance for which we will be seeking your approval following a period of consultation.
Many of you will know that every First Class County, National County and County Cricket Board has a contract with the ECB known as the County Partnership Agreement (CPA). The contract prescribes the delivery requirements for clubs and organisations that receive funding distributions from the ECB. You will also know that over 50% of Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s income last year came from the ECB. The CPA covers the period 2020-24 and includes the new funding streams available as a result of the much-publicised media rights deal.
There is a requirement for greater accountability for standards across the game in the new CPA, and the ECB has developed a set of these within the CPA to which county cricket and other organisations will be held accountable. The new standards are based on the Sport England Code of Governance and contain three levels of requirements, bronze, silver and gold. All Clubs are expected to achieve the silver level by no later than February 2022.
Fortunately, Derbyshire’s rules and governance already comply with much of the bronze and silver requirements and even some of the gold, but there will need to be some changes to achieve full compliance. We established a small Governance Group early last year to consider a number of rule changes and that Group has taken on this work in addition and has recently presented its proposals to the Supervisory Board.
We intend to commence the Members’ consultation by sending details of the proposed rule changes to every member of the club together with an explanatory note later in April. Your comments and questions will be much appreciated. We were intending to follow this up with two drop-in sessions on matchdays in May when Members could raise queries or pass comments to members of the Governance Group.
You will appreciate that the uncertainty surrounding the current health crisis and the cricket season means that these sessions cannot now take place, but when the situation becomes clearer we will announce our plans for this part of the consultation process.
We would hope to conclude the consultation by mid-summer and the Governance Group will meet and consider the responses. Any amendments to the proposals as a result of the consultation process will then be considered by the Supervisory Board and a final draft of the proposed rule changes will be sent to Members in the late Summer together with a request to vote.
An EGM will be held hopefully in September to announce the result of the ballot and provided there is a majority of two-thirds of members voting, to formally adopt the revised Club Rules.
I would urge all Members to take part in this process and more importantly to vote as continued funding from the ECB is vital to our future and of course to our plans to redevelop The Incora County Ground.