Basketball Queensland Board of Directors
President/Chairman - Neil Hamilton-Smith
Director - Stephen Wellington
Director - Tim Horrell
Director - Rachelle Foreman
Director - Bronwyn Marshall
Secretary to the Board - Graham Burns
2012 Chairman's Report
Taken from the 2012 Basketball Queensland Annual Report, presented to the board and Basketball Queensland members at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 23 June, 2013.
This report marks an historic occasion, as it is the last report from Queensland Basketball Inc. as we transition to Basketball Queensland Limited. The reasons for this transition have been well understood, and I am delighted that all of our Member Associations are foundation members of the new structure. This progression to a structure that has a greater emphasis upon governance is very timely, particularly as governments at all levels are seeking greater accountability and responsibility from organisations they deal with.
I am pleased to report that Queensland Basketball Inc. has finished this phase of its history in a sound financial position to bequeath to the new entity. Many of you will be aware that this has not always been the case, and the Board has worked hard to achieve this position. It is important that our members understand that it has been necessary to build reserves on behalf of members, because we are in a very uncertain economic phase where reliance upon the funding cycles of government is not without risk. Similarly, in recent times we have been in a position on behalf of the basketball community to assist Associations who have faced natural disasters or other economic constraints. The Board’s decision to establish a disaster fund has proven to be a fortuitous one.
Thanks to our Associations, the number of participants in our sport has continued to grow despite adverse economic circumstances. There is no doubt the operations of our Regional Services Managers have been an important factor in that growth, and we acknowledge the generous assistance of the State Government in making these positions available. Our success has also been reflected on the court, with the number of our athletes participating at the national and international levels. It was in order to support our high performance athletes that Basketball Queensland commissioned and implemented its three-tiered player development program, with integration into the national performance program, resulting in the Basketball Queensland High Performance Program. We have pursued an increase in referee and coach development, whilst recognising the increasing complexity and professionalism of Association management. To assist our members, Basketball Queensland has focussed on training and accreditation of administrators. One of the strategies we have emphasised is in increasing communication with our members. In line with the changing relationship with governments, your Board will continue to seek professional development of resources to assist in the strategic development of our sport, by partnering with appropriate research institutions to undertake research and reviews.
An example of this commitment is the review of the Basketball Queensland Board that was conducted by an independent consultant during the year, which has provided valuable feedback as well as providing a skills analysis, which will be of assistance to the incoming board of the company in identifying potential skills sets for the expansion of the Board.
Basketball Queensland has worked closely with Basketball Australia in the significant changes being driven at the national level, and I would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by Basketball Australia Chairman Scott Derwin, Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally, the Basketball Australia Board and their staff. We are particularly concerned at the impact of the financial climate on the National Basketball League and we will continue to provide every assistance to ensure that Queensland is represented at the national competition level.
Our sport is blessed by the support provided by those who volunteer as coaches, managers, referees, bench officials and in the many other roles that enable competitions to function. We are challenged in today’s society in retaining these volunteers in the face of what has been an increasing load of administration imposed in doing so. Basketball Queensland has a team of professionals who make the organisation and its associated functions operate so successfully. These roles require inordinate dedication not the least of which are the hours they are expected to work, particularly during State Championships etc. To Graham Burns and the team, I would like to express the sincere appreciation of those who participate in basketball.
I thank our sponsors and supporters, and in particular the Queensland Government, who recognises the significance of Basketball to the economic and social fabric of Queensland, with financial support directly and through new policies like the Get in the Game initiative.
Thank you also to our Members for the manner in which you have risen to the challenges of the past 12 months, which has seen significant growth not only in participation numbers but in the way that you have adapted to the challenges of contemporary sports administration.
Finally I would like to acknowledge the BQ Board directors whose experience, skills and dedication is a tremendous asset to our sport. In particular I would like to acknowledge that we have been very fortunate to have had the services of Ken Madsen MBE, who as a previous President of QABA (Basketball Queensland’s predecessor) has been the driver of much of the change that Basketball Queensland has undertaken in recent years.
Ken is standing down as a Director of Basketball Queensland but has generously offered to assist as a Finance Committee member as we bed down the Basketball Queensland Limited entity. Whilst Ken’s experience at the national and international levels in basketball administration has been a valued contribution to our deliberations, it has been his practical experience as a senior executive in finance and his governance experience as a member of a number of Boards that has been so influential in our present and future administration.
Chairman, Basketball Queensland