Board Meeting 7 - January 2013

Minutes of the seventh meeting of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority held on 8 January 2013 in Fleetbank House

Mr P Darling Chairman
Mr B Batson
Mr P Rowley
Mr R Wilkie
Mr D Wilson
Ms R Shaw   Chief Executive

In attendance:
Mr K Sears
Mrs N Rutherford

Apologies were received from Dr P Lane

The Risk and Audit Committee had met before the start of the Board meeting.

The Chairman congratulated Mr Batson on his re-appointment to the SGSA Board

The Chairman thanked Ms Summerell for her significant contribution to the work of the SGSA and FLA over her term of office and offered her his best wishes for the future.

1 Minutes of the previous meeting

1.1 The minutes were agreed and signed by the Chairman.

2 Matters arising

2.1 A note of the discussions and conclusions reached at the joint meeting was circulated.

3 Chairman’s report

3.1 The Board discussed the Chairman’s letter to the Minister of Sport. The letter set out the collective views of the Board in relation to the future of the SGSA. Some amendments were suggested to ensure the letter fully demonstrated the value of the SGSA and to guarantee the breadth of expertise was maintained.

4 Chief Executive’s Reports SGSA(12)26 & (13)01

4.1 The Board noted the content of the two papers. The Chief Executive provided an oral update on rail seating. The Chairman and Chief Executive had attended an FSF event at Parliament’s Portcullis House promoting the case for safe standing and gave feedback on the various issues debated. While the Government’s position on all-seated stadia remained unchanged, the SGSA would continue to develop its knowledge and understanding of all aspects of safe standing to ensure it was fully informed and able to contribute to ongoing debate. This was likely to include further investigation of German arrangements. The issue of the call for a return to standing would be discussed at the Safety Committee meeting on 10th January and the Board would be kept informed of any developments. Action Minutes of the Safety Committee to be circulated to Members

5 Business planning brainstorm

5.1 The Audit and Risk Committee, which met immediately before the Board meeting, had discussed this item in more detail. It had been agreed that a more in-depth approach to business planning, which was bottom up as well as top down, taking account of the experience of over a year of operation as the SGSA should be undertaken. The Executive agreed to develop a business plan building on upcoming discussions with Inspectors about club allocation and the priorities as set out in the Strategic Plan. This would be presented for discussion at the March Board meeting. Action Business plan to be developed and tabled at the March Board meeting.

6 Register of Interests

6.1 The Board updated and signed their individual register of interests. The details of each would be published on the website.

7 Any other business

7.1 No items were raised.

8 Date of the next meeting 

8.1 The next scheduled meeting would be Tuesday 12 March at 11am in Fleetbank House. This date could be subject to change and Members would be notified of any alteration at the earliest possible opportunity. 

SGSA Secretariat - January 2013