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We need the membership to vote on a change to our Articles of Association

BASI has been following a change pathway over the last 2 years. We’ve been made significant changes with our operations and processes in that time. Now we’re turning our attention to the Governance of the association to ensure that we’re able to fulfil our legal requirements.

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The Legal Case for Change

BASI made the shift from an “Unincorporated Association” to  becoming a Limited Company because all members were at risk were a lawsuit to be have been brought against BASI. Now all members’ exposure is limited to £1. 

As a registered company, BASI is legally obliged to comply with the Companies Act 2006, and should meet the guidance outlined in the Corporate Governance Code. The following changes are necessary to support BASI in meeting its legal liabilities.

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The BASI Board structure is ineffective and encourages conflict of interest…

Problem
Right now, only BASI Members can stand for election and the election process is often a popularity contest.

Our members are experts in snowsports, but often lack the legal, finance and strategy knowledge and skills required by a board director.
The board is larger than it needs to be and some of the directors titles are misleading and don’t represent what a Board of Directors are there to do.

Solution
By changing our recruitment process, amending the Board positions available and introducing more committees, we can ensure our Directors have the right skills, experience and desire to fulfil the required set of legal obligations whilst maintaining snowsports expertise via a committee of representatives.

We need a smaller, more diverse external board with directors recruited from outside of the membership body based on their skills & credentials.

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Our Membership categories means that members are not treated equally…

Problem
The articles currently state that BASI shall have 5 membership categories; full members, life members, associate members, affiliate members and honorary members.

Associate members pay the same membership fee as full members but have less involment in the association because of our current articles. 

Solution
We need to remove the associate membership category and welcome all members to the association as equals and use the members councils to give smaller disciplines a larger voice.

Our Membership categories mean that members are not treated equally…

Problem
The articles currently state that BASI shall have 5 membership categories; full members, life members, associate members, affiliate members and honorary members.

Associate members pay the same membership fee as full members but have less involvement in the association because of our current articles. 

Solution
We need to remove the associate membership category and welcome all members to the association as equals. 

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Our current audit strategy cost’s the members’ money…

Problem
Currently, BASI spends £15,000 per year for an external audit. There is no legal obligation for a company like BASI to do an audit every year; the only reason we do is because our members have come to expect it.

Solution
We need to carry out an external independent audit every 3 years and create new committees to further scrutinise our finance, remuneration and director nomination activities. 

We have signed up to the S&RA’s Principles of Good Governance, a set of Best Practices designed to ensure the organisation is managed effectively and to safeguard its integrity…