Shortly following the last AGM, David Watt took the decision to step down from the role of Chair of basketballscotland. Board Member David Davies agreed to step into the role on an interim basis. Andrew Warrington tendered his resignation in early July. The board wishes to thank both David and Andrew for their efforts on behalf of the sport over many years.
Stephen Ferguson and Kristine Johnson joined the Board following the AGM in August and the vacancy created by David stepping into the Chair role was filled with Guy Richardson being co-opted to the Board to support leadership and strategy development from January.
With some significant changes in personnel, the Board quickly re-established positive working relationships as a Board and with Senior Staff.
The attention of the Board was focussed on three major topics throughout the year.
- Strategy – revisiting our strategy and increasing the focus on providing support for the club game in a way that works for clubs and revising the opportunities to develop players.
- Gold Coast 2018 – the complexity of securing invites to and preparing for the Commonwealth Games. The Board took decisions to invest resources in the Senior Programmes to give those teams the best opportunity to qualify for the Gold Coast.
- Financial – dealing with and managing the financial position which is reported in some detail under the finance section.
- British Basketball – navigating an increasingly challenging situation for British Basketball, which is outlined below.