News from the Boardroom

Scottish Fencing’s board of directors met on 15 August 2012 with all five directors attending, either in person or through conference phone call: Graeme Hart, Chris Hyde, Mike O’Donnell, Ed Rogers and Stan Stoodley. Apologies for absence were received from Ewen Cameron, Scottish Fencing’s partnership manager at Sportscotland. The meeting opened at 6.15 pm with Mike O’Donnell taking the chair.

Sportscotland SGB HR Health Check – Update

Ed Rogers briefed the board on developments since the June board meeting. A system of personnel files had been established in Scottish Fencing’s office, initially covering only the company’s salaried employees. Annual staff reviews would commence from April 2013, the first covering the 12 months up to 31 March 2013. Salary increments, if awarded, were subject to Sportscotland’s approval but would be backdated to 1 April. All new staff would have a 6 month probationary period. Advice would be sought from Sportscotland’s HR expert advice consultants on salaries appropriate for staff posts.

Sportscotland Investment

Ewen Cameron was due to present Scottish Fencing’s investment paper to the Sportscotland funding panel on 16 August. Chris Hyde and Mike O’Donnell stressed the importance of meeting numerical targets set by Sportscotland for the training of entry-level fencing coaches.

The board decided to hold an Awayday later in August for board members to plan in greater detail the budgeting, scheduling and resourcing of activities for 2012-13.

National Academy

Graeme Hart reported that the Inverclyde summer camp had been a success, with 40 participants and a range of specialist sports coaching activities. The workshops for fencing coaches, given at the camp by the leading Italian coach Serena Pivotti, had also been highly praised.

Chris Hyde expressed concern about changes being made by British Fencing to the administration and financing of National Academy events in Scotland, which departed significantly from what had initially been agreed. He would discuss the situation with Don McKenzie and then approach British Fencing on the matter.


Stan Stoodley reported that a referee course held in July under the leadership of Mike Thornton had resulted in 8 candidates gaining Level 1 qualifications.

Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014

Chris Hyde briefed the board on discussions taking place with EventScotland regarding a venue for the Championships and the possibility of their inclusion in the 2014 Homecoming.

Dates of Next Board Meetings

The following dates were set:

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Wednesday 7 November 2012


Mike O’Donnell closed the meeting at 7.50 pm.