03/07/2023- Governance Notices

2023 BF Board Election Timetable and Process

The BF Board announces the timetable and process for the 2023 Election of Board Directors.  The election is required to fill four Elected Board Director positions.

The role description for the Board Director position is published on the BF website hereIt is essential for any candidate to study this document and consider whether they have the capacity and experience to fulfil the role and responsibilities.

The Board advises members that for good governance purposes, it is essential to maintain a diverse Board of Directors that is representative of the BF membership.

Following the expiration of the current terms, active fencers in the 18-35 age group and females will be under-represented. Therefore the Board specifically encourages candidates from these groups to stand.

The Board must ensure that it has a broad range of skills and attributes that collectively support the delivery of British Fencing’s vision, mission, and objectives.  The Board is seeking to enhance its collective experience and expertise by encouraging candidates with current qualifications and relevant practice experience in the following areas to stand:

  • Fundraising/Accessing funds – in the public and not for profit, health and education sector
  • Commercial/Procurement – in the education sector
  • Financial Management/Accountancy/Corporate Finance         
  • Experience of delivering Disability Sport Programmes


Key Dates

The timetable for the election with key dates can be seen on the Timeline Chart 2023.  As required by the Bye-laws, the Board has fixed the following dates for these elections:

Qualifying Date: Friday 11th August 2023 – is the date at which a member of British Fencing must be a “Qualifying Voting Member” in order to be eligible to vote in the election.

Under the Articles, a Qualifying Voting Member is any Member who is a fully paid-up Voting Member and whose name is entered on the Roll on the Qualifying Date.

In other words, if you want to vote in this election, you must make sure that by not later than the Qualifying Date shown above (Friday 11th August 2023) the British Fencing Head Office has your name entered in its records as a fully-paid up voting member.

Under the current rules, members in the following categories who are aged 18 or over are Voting Members: Compete, Recreational, Starter.


Nomination Date: Friday 11th August 2023 – is the date by which completed Nomination Forms must be received by British Fencing Head Office. Forms must be received by 12 noon on this date. All nomination forms must be submitted by email, not by post.  Nomination forms cannot be submitted through the BF website.

This means that if you want to nominate someone as a candidate in this year’s election, you must ensure that the completed Nomination Form, including the completed Details of Candidate Form and the signatures of not less than 15, but not more than 20, paid-up members of BF, who are eligible to vote in the election, to support the nomination, has been received by British Fencing Head Office by no later than 12 noon on the Nomination Date shown above.  (See further in the Instructions for Nomination of Directors.)


Closing Date: Monday 11th September 2023 is the closing date for voting.


2023 Nomination Process & Forms

Instructions For Nomination of Directors

Nomination Form

Board Declaration of Good Character

Timeline Chart 2023

Administrative Procedures



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