At an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) today (Sunday 24 November 2013), the membership of the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) voted to accept new Articles of Association and ratify a new Board of Directors.
The acceptance of new Articles and a new Board removes the threat of sanctions by the international governing body, AIBA, and ensures that Sport England will continue to fund the grassroots of the sport.
Eight Regional Associations and the Combined Services Association attended the meeting. Both resolutions were passed with a 9-0 majority in favour of the new Articles and the new Board. The representatives of the Regional Associations for London, East Midlands and Eastern Counties did not attend and therefore did not vote.
The new Articles have been drafted in conjunction with AIBA. They bring boxing in England into line with the rules and bylaws of international competition and put in place a code of conduct to ensure ongoing compliance by giving greater influence to clubs and extending the right to vote at General meetings to clubs with 20 or more members (instead of Regional Associations).
The ratification of the new Board is the final step in a process of modernising the governance of the ABAE. The new Board was initially announced in September 2013, following a decision by its membership to transform the way the organisation is governed, reduce the size of the Board and change the way Directors are selected from regional appointments to a skills-based recruitment process.
The Board of the ABAE said: “This is a momentous day for boxing in England. The decisions to accept new Articles and a new Board are the final parts of a process of modernisation, which has been going on for nearly two years, and now provide a basis for the sport to move forwards with an effective and ‘fit for purpose’ governing body which gives greater influence to grassroots clubs.
“The Board would like to thank all of the clubs that have supported the moves to modernise the structure of English boxing and made their views known to their voting representatives over the last two weeks. They have played a critical role in the outcome we have seen today and we would like to thank both the grassroots clubs and the voting representatives that put the interests of the sport first and voted in favour of modernisation.
“The new Board is committed to driving the sport forward and delivering the whole sport plan for boxing which will continue to grow participation, create opportunities to develop talent and support the clubs, coaches and volunteers who are the lifeblood of the sport at the grassroots.”
The new Board has more than 200 years of boxing experience and come from a range of professional backgrounds. The individuals are Giorgio Brugnoli, Darren Chapple, Nicholas Griffin, Henry Herbert, Luigi Leo, Dr Mike Loosemore and David Newth.
The seven Boxing Directors will be joined by four non-Executive Directors, appointed for their expertise, and an independent Chairperson to make-up the new 12-person Board.