Board Report April 2014

The April Board meeting was a telephone conference format rather than a face to face meeting.  It was good to have Trevor Taylor back from injury for this meeting after a month on the sidelines.  The main items discussed at the meeting were:


  • The financial results - a copy of the summary reports are attached for clubs information.  The nine months YTD results to 31 March remain healthy with a $1.3m Operating Surplus, which after taking account of timing variances is still on track to achieve the year-end target of a Net Operating Surplus before Capex and Revaluations of around $1 million.  As we know, out of this surplus we have to fund some $565,000 of capital expenditure for which grant income has been received, so the amount of "free cash" we get to put in the bank at the end of the year is around $450,000. 
  • The Board approved an application for the Associate Membership from the 21 Club - which is an excellent way to help both organisations work closer together.  It is with huge sadness that I note the passing of 21 Club Secretary Garry Mace in the last few days.  Garry was the driver of this initiative, and someone the surf life saving movement was very proud to have as a Life Member.  He will be greatly missed and my deepest condolences go to Shirley and the rest of their family.
  • Through rotation three Board members have terms ending at the 2014 AGM and work has started on putting in place the Board Appointments Panel to oversee the selection process.
  • The planning for the latest round of Club Chairs meetings was also discussed.  These are very important opportunities to share thinking and for Clubs to express their views to the Board and senior management.
  • A report on the National Appeal along with the recommendations arising from it was discussed.  While the results were better overall than last year, there was a noticeable drop off in street collector activity in some areas that translated into less money being raised there.  The change of date of the national street collection from early December to late January came with mixed reviews - some liked it but others want to go back to December.  It is very clear that there is no date that will suit everyone, and one of the key recommendations for next year is to no longer have a single national street collection day, but instead let clubs decide (and co-ordinate locally) what the best day is for them over the Dec/ Jan period and support that as best we can with national PR and media.  Feedback from clubs so far is this is the right approach to take.
  • The Board reviewed the detailed Management version of the 2014/15 Strategic Plan - which is where the Management team take the high level plan circulated to clubs and break it down into specific actions and timeframes for them to work to at a micro level for the year.
  • We also looked at the summary of Health & Safety incidents for the season to the end of February - both in sport and lifesaving. Most of the serious injuries to our members are happening in a sports context, which reinforces the focus that has gone on Event Safety.  Lifesaving injuries are typically only minor, but training with IRB's (as with IRB racing) is an area to put some attention into.
  • The Board also noted the progress with the Surf Sport Blue Sky Review - which having validated the Terms of Reference was about to enter into the first proper stage of seeking feedback from clubs and the wider membership (both sports participants and those who don't).  The Board remain focussed on the need for this review to be driven by the membership and be as transparent as possible with how any outcomes and conclusions are reached.


For a short meeting a lot was covered.  The Board will next meet in Wellington on the 25th May.  So until my next update…


Yours in surf,


Geoff Hamilton


Surf Life Saving New Zealand