In the battle between the two proposed BMC constitutional changes, the membership voted overwhelmingly for Option/Proposal A - 92% in favour out of nearly 7000 votes - at the AGM in Kendal this weekend. 6% voted Option B and 2% against both choices, in what was the largest ever vote at a BMC AGM. Lynn Robinson was voted in, becoming the first ever female BMC President, and John Roberts was elected as the new Vice President.
Emma Flaherty, Graham Richmond, Simon McCalla, Matthew Bradbury, Roger Fanner, Rik Payne and Will Kilner were all re-elected as BMC directors. Amanda Parshall became the new BMC independent director. Acting President Nick Kurth received a round of thanks for his "unstinting dedication" and the "incredible amount of work" he has undertaken over the last year.
Here's a reminder of the two options below. Further details and a PDF download on the Option A proposal can be found in this BMC article.
AGM proposal Option A – as recommended by the BMC National Council (winning option)
Would put in place a high level of governance in the BMC which better defines roles of National Council and the Board of Directors, ensuring clear lines of accountability and decision making, and much improved organisational transparency.
Would ensure continued government recognition of the BMC's status as the umbrella body for mountaineering, and continued eligibility for Sports Council funding for the BMC and its partners.
Requires members to accept the need for modernisation and change and for the Board of Directors to have greater operational responsibility than is currently the case.
AGM proposal Option B – as was recommended by J.Booth and supporters
Simple and makes minimal changes to the current constitution, so the BMC would continue to operate much as it does today.
Members would have a similar degree of control over the BMC (via National Council) as they do today.
Would require less organisational change but would create uncertainties over the availability of Sport England grant funding for the BMC and partner organisations
Read a full report on the AGM by the BMC.