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BAC AGM minutes 2019

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
OF
THE BRITISH ATHLETES COMMISSION LIMITED
a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital
incorporated under the Companies Act 1985
Company Number: 05014388

Minutes of a meeting of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The British Athletes Commission
Limited (Company) with company number 05014388 whose registered office is at 122 Feering Hill,
Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9PY held at the offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, Citypoint, One
Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW on 13 December 2019 (Meeting).

PRESENT: NAME POSITION
Victoria Aggar
Chris Smith
Chair
Independent Director (Finance)
Lee Murgatroyd
Donna Fraser
Independent Director (Communications)
Athlete Member
Dougie Dryburgh (AM) SID
Rod Jaques
Lizzie Simmonds
Peter Crowther
Mahdi Choudhury
Ali Jawad
Aaron McKibbin
Kristian Thomas
APOLOGIES: Dougie Dryburgh
Independent Director (Medical)
Athlete Member
Independent Director (Legal)
CEO
Athlete (Para Powerlifting) – via phone
Athlete (Para Table Tennis) – via phone
BAC Athlete Engagement Manager
Senior Independent Director

1. CHAIRPERSON AND QUORUM
1.1 Victoria Aggar was Chair of the Meeting.
1.2 The Chair noted that a quorum of members was present and declared the Meeting open.

2. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS BOARD MINUTES
2.1 The Chair confirmed that the minutes of the previous AGM held on 26th September 2018 at
the offices of UK Sport, 21 Bloomsbury Street, London were circulated to the Board prior to the
Meeting. The Chair added that she had received one email from an athlete member confirming
the minutes of the previous AGM.
IT WAS RESOLVED unanimously by the Board and members present that the minutes
circulated by the Chair were a correct record of that Meeting.

3. CHAIR’S UPDATE
3.1 The Chair began her update by introducing those present in the room at the Meeting and
welcomed the athlete members who had dialed into the AGM via telephone.
3.2 The Chair stated that the purpose of the AGM was to go through various formalities but, more
importantly, to update the membership on current activities and to get feedback from athletes
on the BAC.

4. BOARD MEMBER RATIFICATION AND APPROVAL
4.1 The CEO, Mahdi Choudhury, confirmed that three Non-Executive Directors had been
appointed to the Board since the last AGM: Lee Murgatroyd (Communications) – Owner of
Point Communications and consultant to UK Sport, EIS and GB Boxing; Lizzie Simmonds
(Athlete) – two-time Olympic swimmer; and Donna Fraser (Athlete) – three-time Olympic
athlete. These three NEDs were presented for approval by the members present. Ali Jawad and
Aaron McKibbin both approved the appointments.

5. CEO’S ANNUAL EXECUTIVE REPORT
5.1 The CEO presented his Annual Executive Report stating that the BAC had grown as an
organisation during the year on various levels.
5.2 The CEO presented statistics on number of cases from the last year, alongside current trends in
areas in which athletes required support. The CEO noted an increase in cases of over 50% from
the previous year.
5.3 Turning to the BAC Athlete Advisory Group, the CEO stated that this had been dissolved and
would be replaced by BAC Athlete Ambassadors. There were currently three Ambassadors
appointed with an announcement scheduled for January 2020. The Chair noted that there was
the opportunity to add to the three Ambassadors going forward.
5.4 With regard to NGB engagement, the CEO stated that the BAC had engaged with 93% of all
NGBs during the year with regard to athlete support/NGB advice.
5.5 Finally the CEO provided an update on work on the BAC future strategic aims. He confirmed
that an outline strategy for the next cycle has now been produced and that the next stage of the
process was to consult widely with its members and key stakeholders.

6. FINANCE UPDATE AND ACCOUNTS APPROVAL
6.1 Chris Smith discussed for the benefit of new members that the BAC was a not for profit
organisation whom currently rely almost entirely on funding from UK Sport funding.
6.2 Chris Smith then gave a detailed run through of the BAC accounts and where the money was
spent. He added that the BAC financial year ran to 31st December of each year so the accounts
being presented were for the year ending 31st December 2018. iThe BAC accounts are had
been reviewed by Hayes McIntyre who have, for the furst time, issued a report on the accounts
and confirmed they are satisfied with the details that had been provided.
6.3. Chris Smith then asked for approval of the accounts from the membership. The membership
unanimously approved the accounts with no questions.
6.4. The Chair added that the BAC were looking to diversify its income streams over the next 12-
18 months so as to have greater financial sustainability and create further financial
independence.

7. AOB AND QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP
7.1 The CEO then opened the meeting to questions and comments from the membership.
7.2 Ali Jawad stated that the BAC should look to further publicise the good work it had been doing
on behalf of the membership and to create further awareness of the organisation to athletes who
were its members.

CLOSURE OF THE MEETING
There being no other business, the Chair declared the Meeting closed at 4.15pm.
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CHAIRPERSON
19TH DECEMBER 2019

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