On 28 September 2013, the scheduled Annual Meeting did not proceed as it had not been properly constituted in accordance with Bylaw 20, due to the agenda and associated annual meeting documents not being provided with the 4 week timeframe. As ILHA NEC is a sub-committee of Skate Australia and subject to the direction of the Skate Australia Board (27.3 a of the Constitution), the Board declared the business of the meeting cannot be transacted (this includes all motions, reports and elections).
The positions where terms ended at the National Championships were kept vacant until a correctly constituted annual meeting can be held.
As I stated at the meeting, Skate Australia Board will appoint an Independent Chair. The Board has appointed Board member, Vivian Thelander, as the interim Independent non-voting Chair. The role of the Independent Chair is to review and establish clear ongoing governance processes for the ILHA NEC (Click here for the role statement). Vivian is an experienced executive with good knowledge of corporate governance practices. It is important to note this position is NOT the same as the ILHA Branch Chair.
With the ILHA Branch Chair position vacant, David Roberts, as Deputy Chair, will take the role of Acting Chair until the Annual Meeting is held.
Also under the Constitution 25.4, to ensure there is a quorum of 4, the Board directed the remaining NEC to nominate to fill a casual vacancy until the Annual Meeting. The NEC nominated Corey Smith from South Australia, which was accepted.
ILHA National Executive Committee (NEC) are as follows:
Acting Chair and Deputy Chair – David Roberts
Executive Member – Kerry Scanlan
A/Executive Member – Corey Smith
Chair of Coaches – Duane Voss
The Board has approved an amended Bylaw 20
With many people likely to be away during the months of December and January, the Board has decided it would be appropriate to hold the ILHA Annual Meeting in February 2014 to coincide with ILHA’s semi-annual meeting.
The new NEC has commenced planning the annual calendar for 2014 and upcoming international tours. In addition, the new NEC will be broadening its focus beyond high performance to include grassroots development, working with all States, players representation, and developing a strategic plan. Over the next few weeks, role descriptions will be developed for the vacant positions which will be encouraging nominations from candidates who bring more than a passion for inline hockey to the NEC, but also sports administration skills and experience, business acumen and leadership, an ability to work cooperatively with everyone to bring people along, and negotiation skills to achieve mutual benefit. If you have these skills, I urge you to keep your eye out over the next few weeks.
- Hamish McLean
Skate Australia CEO