Whole of Sport Review update
Motorcycling Australia President Braxton Laine

By now, all would be aware that Motorcycling Australia is conducting a Whole of Sport Review (WOSR) of its business. We provided stakeholders with an opportunity to be a part of this process by providing feedback via the “Have your Say” survey. Over the next few weeks I am going to release the findings to you all because I made a pledge to members that I would be transparent.

The recommendations from the WOSR will form the basis of a new operating and funding model based on the feedback provided by members and stakeholders.

Motorcycling Australia and the State Controlling Bodies are not-for-profit organisations, and the findings from the WOSR will provide recommendations on strategies that will improve financial sustainability and operational efficiency so that funds can be re-distributed back to our members.This may include development of better programs to assist at grass roots and elite levels which provide a pathway for rider development.

We may also have an opportunity to provide funding to clubs for infrastructure programs including building projects and track safety initiatives which will assist in addressing safety and compliance issues.

Implementation of the recommendations from the WOSR is subject to agreement by all of the seven State Controlling Bodies.

The current MA Board realise that the WOSR is the largest change that has occurred since the formation of the governing body, and lending its support to this entire process, following the adoption of the WOSR recommendations by the State Controlling Bodies, I and my fellow board members will step down from our board positions at the AGM.

This will allow for a transparent process for the election (and appointment) of the individuals who the members believe will be best able to govern this organisation during this new and exciting phase in its history. All current directors will be able to make themselves available for election/appointment if they choose to do so.

As part of the review process, Motorcycling Australia has formed a Nominations Committee whose role will be to identify a pool of people who have the range of skills and experience the organisation requires as potential candidates for board positions. While the Committee may actively seek out candidates, the State Controlling Bodies will still be able to nominate candidates, but will have to do so through the Committee.

The manner in which the Board is elected/appointed remains unchanged, with the voting members electing up to four directors, while those elected directors can appoint up to two additional directors, and one industry representative.

The Nominations Committee is comprised of:

  • Brenton Matters – President MSA
  • Robert Kershaw – MA Board Member
  • Christine Tickner – President MNSW
  • Wayne Holdsworth – CEO MV
  • John Tisdale – Former MA Board Member

The Nominations Committee will take into account the breadth of skills required on the Board with a view to covering the following areas.  It is expected that a nominee would have expertise at a high level in one or more of these areas:

  • Financial expertise – Could be a fully qualified Accountant with work experience at Finance Director level or similar
  • Legal expertise – Qualified and practising in the legal field
  • Marketing and/or media – Experience in a senior marketing role in a large corporate organisation or extensive media contacts
  • Sports administration – Experience at a senior level with a Sporting Organisation, not necessarily in motorcycling, but would be an advantage.
  • Prior Board experience – Desirable to be aware of senior level/public company board practices
  • Government relations – Have a history of success in leading/managing relations at a State or Federal level
  • Top level Motorcycling performance – May have represented at State/National/International level
  • Involvement with major events – Managing and delivering of major events
  • Public speaking – Have a sound record in managing significant presentations in the public arena
  • Experience in a senior leadership role – Should be recognised by their peers as an individual who displays excellent leadership qualities.

If you believe you have any of the above skills, please provide an initial expression of interest to Motorcycling Australia CEO Dale Gilson, ceo@ma.org.au.