Governance

GreaterSport is committed to providing high quality governance and financial expertise.

Articles of Association

The Articles of Association are the constitution by which GreaterSport is governed.

The objects for the reason GreaterSport was established are:
(a) To provide people in Greater Manchester and surrounding neighbourhood with facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation, in the interest of social welfare and with the object of improving the conditions of life of such persons without distinction on the grounds of race, gender, ethnic origin or disability;
(b) To advance the mental and physical health of the community by providing facilities for sport and physical activity and promoting community participation in healthy recreational activities.

GreaterSport’s Articles of Association were originally revised in September 2015 in order to comply with legal changes and guidance since the original Articles were written. The current Articles (October 2017) have been revised to comply with ‘A Code for Sports Governance’ (Sport England/UK Sport).

Equality and Diversity

GreaterSport’s Board is fully committed to recruiting and engaging people with appropriate diversity, independence, skills, experience and knowledge to take effective decisions that further our organisational aims and objectives.

  • GreaterSport has a target of a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board (currently achieved); and,
  • GreaterSport will demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity on the board including, but not limited to Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.

Board Diversity

GreaterSport Board recognises the need to have a board that is diverse and reflects the community is serves.

The Board is making strives to increase representation from BAME groups with a target of 30% of the board having BAME representation by 2021 (currently 25%).

GreaterSport’s Board has a Nominations & Remuneration Committee. The Terms of Reference of the sub-committee (which has delegated authority by the Board) outlines GreaterSport’s policy for Equality and Diversity.

The Board is committed to ensuring that information on the GreaterSport website outlines the company’s work to foster all aspects of diversity within its leadership and decision making. This includes an annual update of progress against our diversity targets and actions identified.

Checklist for Change - Women in Sport

In order to drive greater diversity, GreaterSport will take into account the Women In Sport 'Checklist for Change' guidance, to improve diversity in leadership.

Download the GreaterSport Equality Policy here.

GreaterSport Diversity Action Plan

The GreaterSport Diversity Action Plan sets out our key actions that we aim to achieve over the next few years. Download it here.

Annual General Meeting

GreaterSport holds its Annual General Meeting in September each year. The last AGM was held on 20th  September 2019. 

The Directors at the AGM receive papers and vote on the following:

  1. Minutes of the previous AGM
  2. Matters arising from minutes of last meeting
  3. Voting of Chair
  4. Voting of Vice Senior Independent Director
  5. Changes to Trustees
  6. Nomination & Remuneration Sub-committee and Audit & Risk Sub-committee membership
  7. Appointment of Auditors
  8. Approval of final audited Company Accounts – including Finance Report information paper.
  9. Audit Report
  10. Declaration of Trustee interests.

The 2019 AGM was included within the board meeting and the minutes can be found here

GreaterSport Board Meetings

GreaterSport Directors meet 4 – 5 times a year.

2018/19 Board dates were as follows:

30th April 2018
13th July 2018
21st September 2018 (including AGM)
12th December 2018
22nd March 2019

2019/2020

21st June 2019
20th September 2019 (including AGM)
12th December 2019

The dates for 2020 are yet to be confirmed.

In addition to the main Board meetings there are two sub-committees that report back to the main board: