Board Meeting 9 - June 2013

Minutes of the ninth meeting of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority held on 11 June 2013 in the IDRC Offices, Fleet Street.


Mr P Darling (Chairman) – via video link
Mr B Batson
Dr P Lane – via telephone link
Mr P Rowley - Acting Chairman
Mr D WilsonMs R Shaw   Chief Executive

In attendance:

Mr K Sears
Mrs N Rutherford

Apologies were received from Mr R Wilkie

1    Minutes of the previous meeting

  • The minutes were agreed and signed by the acting Chairman.

2    Matters arising

  • The SGSA would maintain a ‘watching brief’ in respect of the Hillsborough Inquiry and respond to enquiries. Any formal approach for SGSA involvement in the inquests would require consideration by the Board.  

3    Chief Executive’s Reports  SGSA(13) 6 & 7 & 8

  • The Board noted the content of the three reports.
  • With the emphasis on our international role, the Board were keen that we maximise our stakeholder engagement.  In particular it was suggested that we should develop our links with FIFA and UEFA. 
  • The Chief Executive gave an update of HR issues. The Board welcomed the move to the flexible approach to staffing. 
  • Mr Wilson had been invited to attend the Super Cup in Germany by the Chairman of Brentford FC. He stated that if he decided to attend it would be in a personal capacity.

4    Licensing SGSA (13)09

  • The Board agreed in principle that a licence to admit spectators for the coming season should be issued to all clubs submitting a valid application. Mr Rowley signed the recommendation.  

5    Annual Report and Accounts 

  • The Audit and Risk Committee met prior to the Board meeting. The Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee reported that they had considered the Annual Report and Accounts for 2021/13 and recommended that the Board approve the document.  
  • The Board accepted the recommendation of the Audit and Risk Committee that the SGSA Annual Report and Accounts  should be approved and agreed that these might be sent for publication subject to the approval of the NAO and DCMS.
  • The Chairman reported that he understood that DCMS was not currently proposing any change in the size of the Board. Ministers were in the process of considering extension of terms of the four members whose terms expired in July.

6    Diversity in recruitment

  • The Board suggested that we, as an organisation, should be developing a diversity recruitment strategy to ensure the desired mix of staff diversity was achieved. The issue was suggested as a suitable topic for discussion at the joint meeting.
  • Mr Batson would find examples of good practice achieved by other organisations.  

7    Audit and Risk Committee - Review

  • The Board noted the findings of the review of the SGSA Audit and Risk Committee effectiveness. This review would inform the Chief Executive’s governance statement.

8    AOB

  • No items were raised.

9    Date of the next meeting

  • The likelihood of the July meeting taking place was minimal. However Members should keep the date available for a possible telephone conference if developments necessitated urgent discussion. Subject to that, the next scheduled meeting would be the joint meeting in September at a location to be notified.

SGSA Secretariat
June 2013