Update on the Governance Committee

Bridgend Ravens

Update on the Governance Committee

Following an email sent to members at the end of April, we are extremely pleased and encouraged that several members have stepped forward to assist in the next stage of moving forward our plans to restructure Bridgend Ravens.

Three members; Bob Dudley Jones, Bob Broughton and Nick Lewis all telephoned on the first day to offer their services. They have been invited to form a Governance Committee under the Chairmanship of Bob Broughton and they will form a report for members before the next AGM.

Dr Robert Broughton (OBE, KStJ) qualified as a Doctor and held many senior posts in the Health Service, within hospitals in the field of Consultant Radiology and within Administration. He was Senior Medical Adviser to the Welsh Office, then later Welsh Secretary of the BMA. Bob was a Surgeon Commander in the RNR and has served as Chief Commander of St John’s in Wales. He was Chairman of the British Ski Federation and their representative on the British Olympic Committee, overseeing its reorganisation to ensure British Alpine Sky Teams competed in Winter Olympics. Closer to home, Bob was a member of the working party that reviewed the rules and constitution of Southerndown Golf Club.

Bob Dudley Jones, father of current Raven Rob, represented Bridgend in 1974/75 and 1980-82. His working career has mainly been based in the Brewing Industry; initially with Welsh Brewers/Coors and for the last three years with Gower Brewery. Bob, through extensive business dealings with them, has working knowledge of the organisational set up of most rugby clubs in South Wales.

Nick Lewis was a Senior Partner in RL Edwards Solicitors, retiring in 2006. Since then, he has acted as a Consultant Solicitor and a Tribunal Judge. He has had wide experience in many organisations, including serving as National Secretary of the Round Table. Nick was previously Bridgend RFC’s solicitor and solicitor for many other sports clubs.

Along with those who will serve on the Governance Committee, we were pleased that several other members have also offered assistance.

Mark White, a graduate of Hertford College, Oxford, joined the firm of international accountants Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. For over 30 years, his career has been spent working with companies of various sizes in many sectors, holding senior positions mostly at board level. He has a wealth of experience in corporate governance and associated legal issues. More locally, Mark is a keen cricket supporter and he is advising Bridgend Town Cricket Club on possible new governance.

Siblings Catrin Morgan and Rhodri Thomas are both solicitors in Bridgend lawyers, Sian Thomas Daughter and Son. They both have wide experience of corporate and commercial law. Catrin has been a partner for several years, and Rhodri has recently joined as a partner having earlier worked with a large Cardiff firm. They are both lifelong Bridgend Ravens supporters – their father, Lyndon Thomas was Club Captain and their Grandfather Gerwyn Rowlands was Club Chairman.

David Lock, previously Bridgend RFC Club Secretary before Leighton Samuel took over, has also offered to assist. He has been able to locate some old paperwork, including the former Club Constitution and Rules, Minutes and Copy Documents amongst others. David’s working knowledge of club structures will be invaluable.

Clwb Rygbi Penybont ar Ogwr’s Accountant, John Squire of Graham Paul Chartered Accountants has also offered to assist, along with Anthony Davies (former JP Morgan and current Finance Director of Brewery Field Ltd). Anthony was a company Director of Bridgend Ravens Rugby Club Ltd during its first years of Ospreys ownership.

We expect that it may take another week or so for the full terms of reference to be agreed. But after 20th May, any member wishing to contact the Governance Committee to make any suggestions should email governance@bridgendravens.co.uk