At its May meeting the Scottish Rugby Union Board considered a report from a Governance Review Panel set up by the Board and Scottish Rugby Council earlier in the year. The panel had been requested to review a number of aspects of the union’s governance framework.
A copy of the Panel’s Report and recommendations can be accessed at www.scottishrugby.org/about-us/governance.
The main recommendations are as follows:
• Proposals to change the composition of the Council should first require wider and detailed consultation with member clubs and stakeholders.
• The Presidency and Vice Presidency should each continue to be for a one-year period meantime and any change to that first subject to a further and wider consultation.
• All members and stakeholders should be provided with the opportunity, whether individually or through league or regional fora, to comment as part of that consultation process.
• The President should automatically be Chairman of the Council, and by reason of that, serve on the Board for the period of his or her Presidency.
• If the Vice President has not been elected to the Board, the Vice President should be entitled to attend Board meetings during that year as an observer (formalising current practice)
• In relation to the terms of office of Council members and shortening those periods of office:
The Panel’s recommendations were supported by the Board. It was decided that the recommended further consultation with stakeholders in relation to the roles and terms of office of the President and Vice-President of the Union should be undertaken during Season 2014/15.
Various resolutions arising from the Panel’s recommendations will be presented to members for their consideration at the Union’s Annual General Meeting in August.