European Council meeting agrees on new governance standards – | Express rugby league

The 19e The annual European Rugby League board meeting has taken place, with members meeting virtually due to travel restrictions resulting from the global pandemic.

The main topic of the agenda was an update on the ERL Governance Review, a year-long project that led to the implementation of several changes in the organization as part of the project. ‘a multi-stage audit.

The reporting governance working group included members representing Spain, Germany, Italy, Serbia, England, France and Russia, chaired by independent administrator Mahdi Choudhury. As a result, members voted for:

  • Double the number of board votes allocated to each affiliate member from one to two, resulting in an even distribution of votes across the three membership levels.
  • Increase the size of the board from seven to nine, increase the number of elected directors from two to three and independent directors from three to four, with England and France retaining their permanent seats.
  • Increase the term of office of a director from two to three years, but introduce a ceiling on the number of mandates that a director can exercise at three.
  • Mandate in the articles of association that the chairman must be an independent director, and to introduce the role of vice-chairman, to be chosen from among the directors representing the members.

In addition, it was agreed to adopt a board diversity policy, an annual membership survey and improvements to member communications.

Acting President Graeme Thompson commented: “The reforms were the culmination of a year of work by many of our leadership, membership and board, it was about ‘a real team effort to move our organization forward.

“The passion for the sport is evidenced by the number of international matches we have seen in the past month. Men’s qualifiers for the 2025 World Cup have started with Euro D and new and current nations playing both women’s and wheelchair matches. It remains a difficult time with Covid-19, but our members have proven the adage, “where there is a will, there is a way”.

At the start of the meeting, Thompson paid tribute to former President Maurice Watkins CBE who sadly passed away earlier this year, as well as the losses of South African Secretary General Kobus Botha and Ilir Dashi, Founding President of the Albania.

In other matters, Paul Nicholson was re-elected as an independent director for a new term and members heard from ERL Managing Director David Butler on the company’s strategy for the period 2021-2025 .

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