Equality & Diversity


Statement by Mark Lyttle, Chair British Fencing

“British Fencing (‘BF’) is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, BF representative, volunteer or member receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together the ‘Protected Characteristics’).

BF recognises that we live in a diverse society and will be responsible for ensuring that there is open access to all those who wish to participate in all aspects of BF activities and that everyone is treated fairly.

BF will encourage partner organisations, including member clubs, to adopt, apply and demonstrate their commitment to the principles of equality and diversity.”

Board Diversity Statement and 2021 Diversity Objectives – 14.03.19

Current Board (Directors and Observers),  Board Diversity Metrics, and Succession Plan – 03.10.18

Equality and Diversity Policy – 21.09.17

Transgender Policy – 20.08.2020

The Board maintain a Diversity Action Plan which is a working document, reviewed and updated on a regular basis. For a copy of the current Diversity Plan please contact headoffice@britishfencing.com.


Diversity in Leadership

Board Diversity Metrics are published on the Board Directors page and now form part of the Annual Report.

As at 03.11.2021, 42% of the occupied Director positions are women (5 of 12) and 58% are men.

As at 03.11.2021, 25% of the occupied Director positions are ethnically diverse (3 of 12) and 17% are Black (2 of 12). As at 10.10.2020, 36% of the occupied Director positions are ethnically diverse (4 of 11) and 27% are Black (3 of 11).

The table below shows the target and actual %age of occupied positions by women.

Leadership 2021 Gender Diversity Target Dec 2018 Dec 2019 Dec 2020 Dec 2021
Board 40% 50% 50% 45% 42%
AGRC 30% 25%* 25%* 25% 25%
NomCom 30% 66% 66% 66% 33%
Rules 30% 44% 44% 44% 44%
Safety 30% 37.5% 43% 43% 38%
International Relations Committee 30% 66% 66% 66% 75%
Exec Leadership 40% 50% 57% 57%

*AGRC and NomCom are sub-committees of the Board. AGRC has 4 members, NomCom has 3. BF will seek to encourage women with appropriate financial skills and qualifications to stand for election for the Board and subsequent appointment to AGRC.

The BF Board is looking to increase other aspects of diversity (age, ethnicity) within it’s Standing Committee through improved and targeted recruitment to fill vacancies.


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