03/06/2024- Governance Notices

2024 BF Board Election Announcement

The BF Board announces the timetable and process for the 2024 Election of Board Directors to fill two Elected Board Director positions.

The election is required to fill two Elected Board Director positions.

The role description for a 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 expiry of the current directors’ terms, active fencers in the 18-35 age group, females, disabled people and ethnic minorities will be under-represented on the Board. 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
  • Sport Programme Delivery – in community/performance/disability sport
  • Legal


Key Dates

  • Qualifying Date: Tuesday 16th July 2024
  • Nomination Date: Tuesday 16th July 2024
  • Closing Date: Monday 9th September 2024

The timetable for the election with key dates can be seen on the Timeline Chart 2024.  As required by the Bye-laws, the Board has fixed the following dates for these elections:

Qualifying Date: Tuesday 16th July 2024 – 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 (Tuesday 16th July 2024) 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: 12 noon on Tuesday 16th July 2024 is the time and date by which Nomination Forms containing the details of all Nominating members must be submitted.

British Fencing has appointed Civica to manage the nomination process. Full instructions on how to submit completed Nomination Forms will be published by 17th June 2024. All Nomination Forms must be submitted through the Civica nomination platform, not by direct email or post.

This means that if you want to nominate someone as a candidate in this year’s election, you must ensure that the completed online Nomination Form, including the details 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 submitted through the Civica nomination platform no later than 12 noon on the Nomination Date shown above.

Closing Date: Monday 9th September 2024 is the closing date for voting.


Instructions for Nominations of Directors

In advance of submitting their nominations online, candidates are welcome to use the following template to complete and use to solicit nominations from members. The actual Nomination Form will need to be completed online.

Please note that in accordance with the amended bye-laws:

2. Candidates are responsible for collecting nominations. They must ensure that anyone agreeing to nominate them gives them permission to pass their personal data to BF or any organisation appointed to run the nomination process.

2. (g) (i)    When submitting the Nomination Form the candidate must provide a list of the names and membership numbers and email addresses of all Nominating members and confirm that they have the permission of those Nominating members for their data to be passed on and published in accordance with these rules.

Please note:

  • Candidates are not allowed to submit more than 20 names of Nominating members. If more than 20 names are submitted, BF is not obliged to check more than 20 of them for validity. In any event, only 15 names will be shown on each candidate’s published details for the election. It is recommended that each candidate should submit 16 to 20 names, to give protection against the accidental invalidity of any nomination(s).
  • No member may nominate more candidates than the number of vacancies to be filled, and the Board may not nominate more than that number of candidates.

The Bye-laws prevail in the event of any difference between this Announcement and the Bye-laws.

The Administrative Procedures adopted by BF also apply to the running of the election.

2024 Nomination Process & Forms



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