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Improving governance

A modern, professional sports business needs an effective corporate governance structure. We provide a breadth of experience and knowledge from our work across several sports in both the UK and overseas, to help sporting organisations with the transition to a modern governance structure, capable of meeting the challenging demands of the sports business environment.

As your independent advisers, we can provide a catalyst for change using a partnership approach with you, as we appreciate the specificity and unique cultural and political aspects of sport.

Governance review and improvement

Our input into your governance review can help you improve the competency of management and the overall decision making process, as well as enhancing your sports business efficiency and effectiveness. We can assist you over the course of a governance review by:

  • reviewing relevant Board Minutes, Rule Books and the Constitution;
  • holding consultations with Management and Committee members
  • designing governance questionnaires for completion by stakeholders, covering matters including roles and functions, reporting lines and procedures, and a current situation SWOT analysis;
  • facilitating governance workshops attended by key stakeholders;
  • meeting with your legal advisers to ensure relevant legal aspects are incorporated into our recommendations;
  • providing benchmarks and best practice examples from other relevant sporting organisations;
  • reviewing published guidance on corporate guidance to ensure best practice; and
  • designing an appropriate governance structure tailored for your organisation by pulling together the results of all the strands of analysis set out above.

Board roles and responsibilities

Following a governance review, you will have a clear understanding of the most effective structure for you to achieve your sports business’ strategic goals, including:

  • clear definition of top executive roles and responsibilities;
  • defined reporting lines and departmental structures;
  • suggested Board structure;
  • proposed levels of authority; and
  • identification of recruitment needs.

A governance review can form part of a wider Strategic Review process. See more details about how we can help you with a Strategic Review and some examples of our previous Strategic Review projects in sport.

Changes in ‘off-field’ sports regulation can often be a key driver behind the need for changes to existing governance structures and processes for sporting organisations. We have a proven track record of advising stakeholders in sport about the development and implementation of sports governance matters

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