OPINION: Bowls clubs take risks with untrained directors

STRESSING the value of legislated compulsory training for directors, Bowls NSW operations manager Michael Beaumont a while back wrote that clubs 'cannot just sack members on a whim'.

It happens. Club boards have been known to, on the flimsiest of reasons, get rid of an outspoken member they don't want upsetting their applecart. Kangaroo courts exist.

Clubs that cite alleged offenders in writing to appear before the board, sometimes do it in language close to defamation.

Any charge must give the normal right in law of assuming a person's innocence until proven guilty.

For this reason, clubs would be well advised to have all citings compiled, or at the least vetted, by those skilled in legal processes.

Many directors are elected purely on the grounds of popularity and have no experience in the important role they undertake.

They are placed in control of multi-million dollar clubs when they have no background in the necessities - business knowledge, an understanding of finance, staff control, a smattering of law.

Inexperienced directors, imbued with previously unknown power, often wield the big stick and make decisions to the detriment of the club.

For that reason, Beaumont's advice on compulsory director training is important if it helps those elected carry on their job with a better understanding of what is needed.



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