Background

Members of MCC have become increasingly concerned about the lack of transparency in the way that MCC Committee and its sub-committees operate.
Meetings are always held in private and minutes are never published. “Proceedings” are posted on the members’ section of MCC’s website in the members’ area, but this normally happens months after the meeting.
AGM papers are despatched less than three weeks before the AGM, with recommendations accepted by members casting a postal vote before the date of the AGM.
This mechanism ensures that no recommendation made by MCC to members has ever been rejected.

Governance
MCC members have, over many years, attempted to make MCC more accountable to the membership and more transparent in the way decisions are made.
The Scott-Baker Report in 2002 and, more recently, the ISWP report in 2014 each made a series of recommendations to improve the governance of MCC.
MCC chose not to adopt any of the key recommendations in either of these internal reports.
When Sport England issued its Code of Governance in 2016, which required sports governing bodies to meet new standards of governance as a condition of receiving money from central government.
MCC chose not to adopt any of the recommendations in the Code, as MCC did not receive any money direct from central government.
In January 2020 MCC indicated that there would be changes to the governance arrangements following a “health check” commissioned from the Portas Consultancy. MCC refused to publish any details of the “Portas Review”, instead including a short section in “Maintaining our Focus”, emailed to members as the end of January 2020, immediately before an Informal Meeting at MCC on 4th February 2020.
Finance
A major issue of concern to members has been the financial health of the club and the rationale behind decisions taken by MCC that have impacted adversely on the financial position.
Unfortunately, several decisions have been made that have had a negative and significant impact on the financial health of the club.
The decision of MCC to recommend that Life Memberships should be sold to raise capital provoked significant opposition among members.

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