Director Nominations / AGM November 2021
DIRECTOR VACANCY & NOMINATIONS.
We are now into October, and in late November it will be the 2021 AGM, when amongst other things the members will be electing a Director to join the Board, to replace John Senior who will retire having competed his maximum term.
Directors are initially elected for a four-year term, on completion of which they may stand again for an additional maximum of two further years, if approved by the membership in AGM. A candidate must have been a member for a minimum of five full years to be eligible to stand for election to the Board.
Whilst the day-to-day management of the Club is handled by our senior staff; General Manager, Course Manager and Head Professional, Directors maintain and determine policies and strategy in line with the constitution of the Club, and in addition to monthly board meetings will be involved within one or more of our sub-committees; Finance, Greens, House, Matches & Competitions, Membership, Social, Marketing and Juniors. This will usually entail further monthly meetings and the involvement in tasks/projects which flow from that, working closely with our management team.
There are six elected Directors, plus the Treasurer/Finance Director, and each will likely chair one of those sub committees at some point during their term of office. We also co-opt volunteers from the membership to join these sub committees, particularly where they may have relevant experience, expertise, and enthusiasm.
Whilst all the Directors and Officers (Presidents & Captains) are unpaid volunteers, the Directors are legally bound by the obligations of their directorships and charged with running the Club in accordance with the Articles of Association and the Bye Laws.
A pre-requisite for the role is enthusiasm, and a genuine interest in doing the best job you can for the membership, and I guess an acceptance that in a large and varied membership you can’t please all the people all the time – but it’s always worth a try! Skills acquired in business or professional life, a love and understanding of the game, and the ability to work in co-operation with others would also prove very valuable assets.
Nominations for the vacancy on the Board will be requested formally in mid/late October, but in the meantime, I would urge anyone with an interest in helping to look after the interests of our wonderful golf club to contact myself, or any of the other Directors and Officers for an informal chat, when we can elaborate on the above outline, and answer any questions you may have.
Taking up a position on the Board can be challenging, although with the help of our current structure and management team, not as time consuming as it once was. Overall, it is an extremely satisfying role, and provides an opportunity to represent all sections of the membership equally and contribute in a meaningful way to the well-being of the Club – not always easy, but a very worthwhile endeavour.
Over the next 18 months, on current rotation patterns there will be several further vacancies, so if not this year maybe next – either way give it some thought or get in touch if you wish to discuss.
Hallamshire Golf Club
8th October 2021
Joint statement from the Directors of Hallamshire Golf Club and Molly Bryan
As members of the Club will be aware there was an incident which occurred between Molly Bryan and certain members of the Golf Club on the 12th September 2020 which gave rise to a complaint from Molly Bryan, unwanted publicity and significant difficulties for all concerned.
The Club board and Molly Bryan have with the assistance of Mr Martin McKervey (a member of the Club) been engaged in discussions with a view to resolving matters in a consensual and amicable manner. Mr McKervey was involved with the permission and agreement of both the board and Molly Bryan.
The Directors of the Club are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement with Molly Bryan in full resolution and satisfaction of the matters arising from the incident on 12 September 2020.
The Directors of the Club will formally apologise to Molly Bryan to express its regret that she had such a poor experience whilst employed by the Club and the Club will make a payment to her in the sum of £5,000 for her to donate to a registered charity / charities of her choice. The agreement also prevents litigation between the Club and Molly Bryan arising from the incident and it significantly restricts what the Club or Molly Bryan are able to say about the incident other than what is set out in this joint statement and in the apology.
In the light of what has been learned from the incident, the Club has created a new Code of Conduct and introduced various new and updated policies with a view to ensuring that the Club at all times provides the safe and enjoyable environment that should be expected from Hallamshire Golf Club. These policies and the Code of Conduct will be strictly observed and enforced by the Club and accordingly all members should familiarise themselves with the policies and follow the Code of Conduct at all times in the future. Copies of the Club’s policies and the Code of Conduct can be found on the Club’s website.
Directors at Hallamshire Golf Club & Molly Bryan
2nd August 2021
We, the directors of Hallamshire Golf Club, apologise to all those involved and affected by the events of 12th September 2020. We acknowledge the weaknesses in our then policies and procedures, and that some were out of step with modern times. We confirm that there has now been an extensive review of our existing policies and procedures and we have also developed; a new Code of Conduct, a Harassment and Bullying policy, an Equality and Diversity policy, a Public Interest Disclosure policy, a Social Media policy and a revised and updated Disciplinary policy.
In particular, we would like to apologise to our ex-member of staff, Molly Bryan, and to her family. We are very sorry that she had such a poor experience whilst employed by us. Her complaint led to a lengthy investigation, but the process and outcomes did not fully satisfy her concerns and left Molly and her family feeling very distressed and disappointed.
No member, guest, visitor or any member of our staff should feel unsafe or insecure when at the club. All are entitled to be treated with consideration and respect. We want and expect all golfers, all our staff and all guests and visitors to enjoy their experience of playing, visiting or working at Hallamshire Golf Club. We sincerely hope that our extensive review of all these policies and procedures has put us in a much better position to ensure that we provide the safe and enjoyable environment that should be expected from a club of our standing.
Directors at Hallamshire Golf Club
2nd August 2021