15/09/2022- Governance Notices

2022 AGM Invitation to Members

The British Fencing Board announces the Annual General Meeting & Forum will be held on Saturday 8th October 2022, 09.30am, to be held on Zoom. Members should register attendance by 09.30 on 6th October.  

Dear Member,

On behalf of the British Fencing Board, I invite you to the Annual General Meeting of British Fencing Association Limited to be held on Zoom on Saturday 8th October 2021 at 09:30am, where your Board will invite you to:

  1. receive the accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2022
  2. approve the re-appointment of Yashmin Harun, Independent Director
  3. note the election of Tabatha Barton who will join the Board as an Elected Director

The Annual Report and Accounts will be published here on our website.

Details of the proposed Independent Director and new Elected Director can be found below.

Francis Wilkinson, in his capacity as Chair of the Board’s subcommittee for Audit, Governance & Risk, will take members through the accounts and finances and respond to your questions.

Questions should be submitted in advance using the registration form here.

The formal notice of the Meeting and resolutions to be proposed are set out here. If you wish to attend the AGM please complete the registration form here and you will be sent a link and access details nearer the time.

If you would like to vote on the resolution but cannot attend the meeting, you can appoint another person as your proxy to exercise all or any of your rights to attend, vote and speak at the Meeting but you must complete the proxy form (attached to the registration form here).

I hope you are able to attend the Annual General Meeting and look forward to your continued involvement in, and enjoyment of, our sport.

Mark Lyttle

Chair, British Fencing

Note: If you wish to attend the AGM please complete the registration form here by 9.30am on Thursday 6th October and you will be sent a link to join the meeting on Friday 7th October by 12 noon.


New Elected Director – Tabatha Barton

The Board will introduce Tabatha Barton who joins the Board following this AGM as a result of the recent election process*.

I have been fencing since 2006, I moved from the states to the UK in 2015, and immediately joined my local club. I have fenced at (and for) Durham University, Cardiff, Towcester, and Milton Keynes where I am now team captain at the club and organise our involvement in local competitions including our team for the Three Counties League (run by St.Albans).

I compete in the women’s sabre category and have attended a number of open level competitions.

Most recently, I was part of a small group who proposed alterations to the BFA Transgender policy in order to make it a more usable, up-to-date, and inclusive policy for fencers.

I am the group leader for a nationwide reenactment group (The Vicus, Romans and Britons). I have been in charge of this group since 2018 and have been voted in as leader every year after this. This role involves communicating with heritage sites and museums to schedule paid events, as well as coordinating our group members to attend these events.

I also sit on the Collections Committee for the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney (Milton Keynes) as a conservation specialist. In this committee, I act as an external advisory member to help the museum make decisions about the care of their collections.

(*No actual election took place due to fewer nominations being received than existing vacancies)

Proposed Independent Director – Yashmin Harun

Yashmin was appointed to the Board in 2018. In March 2019 she was appointed as the Board Safeguarding Champion.

Yashmin has had an extensive career in Banking including roles in Personal Banking, Multi-National Corporate Banking, Credit Analyst and now works in Wholesale Banking where she manages numerous Credit Policies introduced from Tokyo to be applied in UK banking. She was also Secretary for the Credit Risk committee and responsible for organising Board papers.

Yashmin revived her love for sports in 2008 when she volunteered for Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. She organised Basketball sessions aimed at increasing BAME Female participation.

In 2014, Yashmin established Muslimah Sports Association (MSA). Through this work she has delivered sporting opportunities to BAME women including coaching courses and tournaments working in collaboration with Sporting Equals, Badminton England, Mind Charity, Bangladesh Football Association and Dagenham & Redbridge FC, London Sport, The FA, Essex FA , BACA and British Fencing.

In 2017 she was nominated for numerous awards including Sporting Equals, Women’s Sports Trust and Muslim News Awards. She won the Muslim News Award which recognised her achievements to increase BAME female participation and in 2018 won the London Sports Work Force Award. She also became a Trustee at Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation (MWSF), working to raise awareness of the barriers faced by Muslim Women in Sports. Yashmin is regularly involved in consultations including England Hockey, England Cricket and The FA. She has also worked with the charity Mind to identify the link between sports and Mental wellbeing.

Yashmin has recently been appointed Council and Inclusion Advisory Group Member of the London FA.


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