Cerebral Palsy Sport welcomes new Trustees

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to welcome two new Trustees to its Board of Trustees following an external recruitment process and induction.

Paul Hermann and Professor Janusz Jankowski joined the Board as Trustees and Non Executive Directors and bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to make a difference to the the charity.


Paul is a Senior Technical Manager at Cisco Systems, where he leads Digital Transformation and IT Strategy for Cisco’s key customers.  Having been in IT and IT Consultancy for over 20 years and as a technical expert, Paul brings a wealth of experience and skills primarily in the Finance and Public Sector verticals.

Paul is also a passionate and active Inclusion and Diversity Ambassador, a Mentor for Early in Career groups and a volunteer for various charities

Paul Hermann

Professor Janusz Jankowski is trained in clinical medicine, health science research and education. He has worked in senior hospital management as a director and board member in NHS trusts and similarly has been a senior executive in several Universities. He has also been a consultant adviser in health most notably to the Department of Health and Social Care as well as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as well as to Parliamentary Committees. Furthermore, he has worked with several charities in the health and sports arena on a pro bono basis.

Date: May 2019

Professor Janusz Jankowski

Cerebral Palsy Sport lead the way in sports governance

Cerebral Palsy Sport, one of seven National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) is the first NDSO to achieve compliance with the Code for Sports Governance.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.

The Code for Sports Governance was published following the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. The code has been created by Sport England and UK Sport in order to maximise the effectiveness of investment received by sports providers and organisations.

In 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport was successful in securing a three year funding grant from Sport England. The grant will ensure that the charity can continue to deliver a range of projects and programmes for children, young people and their families allowing them to ‘Start’ their sporting journey and continue to ‘Stay Active’.  A key component of the funding agreement was to achieve and maintain compliance with the Governance Code at the required level. Throughout 2018 Cerebral Palsy Sport worked hard to ensure that the principles of the code underpinned the structure of the charity with final changes agreed by members at the AGM in October 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been recognised and praised by Sport England for achieving compliance with the Governance Code and demonstrating their commitment to sustaining good governance that is fit for purpose and will support the charity’s growth.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive at Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“The whole team and Trustee of the charity have worked hard to build and resilient governance programme within the charity and we are delighted to have reached this milestone. We seek to continue to develop our governance programme and not rest on our laurels so we can work to create even more opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to play, participate and enjoy sport”.

 Commenting, Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England said:

‘Sport England is determined to support organisations who receive public funds to meet the required standards of governance. As a direct result of the changes brought in through complying with the code, the aim is that individual organisations and wider partners will become more productive, sustainable and responsible.

We’re delighted that Cerebral Palsy Sport have achieved compliance with the Code, and that we have been able to support them on this journey. They are in a strong position to continue and build on the important work that they do, supporting people with cerebral palsy and their families to be active, and contributing to reducing the activity gap that exists between disabled and non-disabled people.’

 

For more information on the Code for Sports Governance visit here

 About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active – like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

 

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Membership approve new Articles of Association

At a specially convened General Meeting of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s membership on 6th October 2018, the membership voted by special resolution to approve the organisation’s new Articles of Association.

The specially convened General Meeting took place to enable members to consider and approve the new draft Articles of Association for the charity in advance of the Annual General meeting.

The 2018 review of the Articles of Association enabled the organisation to strengthen its governance processes and comply to the Governance Code for Sport. the main changes in the Articles were:

  • Charity objects (Part 2.3) aligned to the charities Strategic Objectives
  • Board size reduced to 10 in line with best practise guidance from the code and no less than 3.
  • Defining the role of the Chair more clearly in terms of Board leadership.
  • Independent Board member level strengthened to 20%.
  • Proportion of Board representation of disabled people increased to 10%
  • Proportion of gender balance on the Board increased – 30%
  • Board member length of service changed to three year periods of service before standing down and can seek re-election. Cannot serve more than four years without seeking re-election.
  • Quorum status for Members meetings has been reduced.
  • New voting rights of honorary members and honorary life members.
  • Voting rights to reflect new charity membership categories – families, professional members, organisational members, Sporting Ambassador members,
  • Removing gender reference of Chairman and replacing it with Chair.

The membership voted by 15 voted in favour of adopting the new Articles of Association.

A copy of our new signed Articles of Association can be downloaded below:

CPS Signed Articles of Association 2018

2018 AGM