May 16, 2024

Archery GB AGM 2024: Four Directors elected to Board

At Archery GB's AGM, four volunteers were elected to the Board while Chair Mark Briegal reported on the highlights during the past 12 months including work to bring archery to diverse communities.

The meeting took place online to allow members to join from the comfort of their own homes and remove travel costs for those wishing to attend. 

Chair Mark Briegal reported on the following highlights during the past year:  

  • The previous 12 months saw archery at its best with clubs and competitions being very busy as well as clubs opening their doors to new members as Start Archery Week turned 10 years old
  • The Commonwealth Games legacy funding brought archery to diverse communities, while the annual Recognition Awards celebrated the people who had worked tirelessly to make archery happen
  • Internationally, GB archers won numerous medals on the World stage; three female archers ranked number 1 in the world
  • Elite athletes had begun the process of winning spots for the Paris Olympics and Paralympics whilst at home, the European Grand Prix was hosted, as well as a full season of competitions across the UK
  • December 2023 saw the completion of the Performance Archery Centre at Lilleshall, funded by Sport England with UK Sport

A total of 51 voting members attended the meeting online with further members voting in advance of the AGM.

The Chair asked Board member Kienda Hoji to propose the approval of the minutes to be signed as a true record of the meeting, and seconded from members online. The resolution was carried with a show of hands.

The following reports and the Statutory Accounts were taken as read:

  • Directors' Report for the year ended 30 September 2023
  • The Independent Auditors' Report for the year ended 30 September 2023
  • The Profit and Loss Account for the year ended 30 September 2023
  • The Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year ended 30 September 2023
  • The Balance Sheet at that date

Scott Smith, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, provided a brief overview of the financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2023:

  • Archery GB achieved a turnover of £4.48m, which represented an increase of £420k compared to the prior year
  • The increase had been driven largely by membership income, and grant income from UK Sport and Sport England
  • Operating loss for the year was £175,000 which was incurred as a result of additional investment into strategic growth initiatives. This had in turn decreased the overall equity reserves position to £634K at year end
  • The Directors of Archery GB reviewed the organisation's financial position for the forthcoming membership year, concluding that membership numbers continued to improve year-on-year, with strong financial reserves; Archery GB was well placed to deal with possible future financial challenges

The Chair then asked Scott Smith to propose to the meeting that Azets Audit Services be appointed and that the Directors be authorised to determine the remuneration of the auditors and seconded by members in the room.

The Chair called for a poll vote and the results were as follows:

Vote Results
For 613
Against 20
Abstain 119
Discretionary 46
Spoilt 1

Based on the poll, the resolution was carried.

The AGM then moved on to the election of Elected Directors.

The Chair thanked all four candidates who applied to join the Board.

 The election result was as follows:

Candidate Results
Victoria Barby 490
Andrew Stanford 465
Anthony Barclay MBE 401
Dr Carol Bladen 514

All four candidates were therefore duly elected to the Board. Click the button below to find out more about the members of the Board:

Archery GB Board

The Chair welcomed Dr Carol Bladen and Anthony Barclay MBE to the Board, and thanked Victoria Barby and Andrew Stanford for standing for a second term as Elected Directors. Thanks were noted to Steve Tully and Lizzy Rees for their contributions to AGB during their two terms of office; Steve had championed clubs and Lizzy had championed field archery. Lis Bellamy had retired as an Independent Director of Archery GB after more than 7 years; thanks were noted to Lis for her contribution as a Director and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

The Independent Director vacancy had been advertised openly; following a thorough recruitment process, Devesh Mangtani had been appointed as an Independent Director.

The Chair then closed the AGM, thanking members for their continued support and looked forward to the forthcoming year of delivering the vision of "Enriching Lives Through Archery".

2024 AGM Minutes

Archery GB 2025 AGM

The 2025 AGM was provisionally set for Saturday 26 April 2024, to be held online.

Ruth Hall, Chief Executive, gave a presentation following the AGM summarising key activity from the past 12 months. Find out more by reading Archery GB's annual report:

Annual Report 

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