What impact will the proposed changes have on members’ voting rights?
Outside the election of officers, the proposed amendments to the Constitution do not change the voting rights of members in anyway.
Why do we need to change from the current model which allows for 8 elected directors and up to 4 board appointed directors
The KPMG Review found that the current board is too large for effective decision making and leadership. The ability for the members to elect 8 board members without any nomination process makes it effectively impossible to ensure that the right skill sets and diverse views and represented.
From its enquiries and own observations, there are a number of well qualified potential board members who would be happy to be considered for a board position, but who may not put their name forward in the event that they were forced to go through a process of competing for other better known candidates in a general election.
When will the changes come into effect?
If the resolution is passed, then a new board will be put in place and the AGM to be held in February 2019. The inaugural nominations committee of John Kantilaftas, Adrian O’Dea and David Shipway AM will be tasked with finding the best available candidates for the 5 nominated positions and any member of the club can nominate for the 2 vacant directly elected positions.
What happens if the board doesn’t perform?
The amendments establish a governance committee that will be responsible for preparing the individual board director responsibilities and for monitoring each board members performance against those responsibilities
In the case of serious under performance the governance committee has the power to recommend that a board member be removed
What is the rationale for increasing nominated board terms to three years?
In the case of the President, it makes for a stable club environment if that position is secured for a three year term.
In the case of other Nominated Positions, (particularly those that involve skills other than football such as finance or marketing) it takes some time for new board members to understand the way SANFL Clubs operate. If those terms were restricted to 2 years then that background knowledge can be lost.
Will some or all of the current board continue in their positions?
Each of the current board positions will be vacated at the 2019 AGM. Each of those board members may apply for either a nominated or a directly elected position on the newly constituted board.
How will the nominations committee function, and why are only 2 board members on that committee
In sourcing and recommending the best candidates for the 5 nominated board positions, it is important that a broad range of potential board members be considered. By having the majority of the nominations committee as non-current board members, there is a better chance of attracting a more diverse range of candidates from outside of the club.
The inclusion of one current board member (after the inaugural board has been appointed under the new model) will ensure that the contribution of any existing board members who apply for re-appointment can be taken into account in the nomination committee considerations.
What is the benefit of having specific skills and a diversity of background among board members?
Greater diversity brings greater perspective, which ultimately can assist in an organisation’s growth. It is well established that the broader range of views that are brought to board decision making, the better informed the decisions are likely to be.
If the SANFL is to maintain its relevance to future generations then, for example, having some younger voices on the board would be likely to assist.
Will this make it harder for volunteers to assist the club?
No, on the contrary, the new model will rely substantially on volunteers to contribute meaningfully to the various sub-committees that will be set up to provide guidance and assistance to the board on specific areas of focus.
Why limit the tenure of a board member to a maximum of 4 terms
It is generally conceded that after a certain period of time there is benefit in having fresh ideas and a new way of thinking. After 4 consecutive terms, in most cases a board member will have contributed as much as he or she is going to be able to do.
There is the possibility in exceptional circumstances for board members to serve additional terms