The Strategic Review Group (SRG), comprising Brian Craig (Chairman), Bryan Armstrong, Roger Bannon, Des McWilliam, Neil Murphy and Jack Roy was established by the ISA Board in November 2013 to carry out a fundamental review of sailing in Ireland and of the Irish Sailing Association. During the past four months they have consulted widely with clubs, members, ISA staff, training centres, government bodies and other relevant sources.
On the 20th of March, they presented their report to the ISA Board, a copy of which is set out below.
The Board considered the report, unanimously accepted its findings and complimented the SRG on the thoroughness of its work. The report identified a number of key areas where attention is required to address short-comings. In addressing the way forward, the Board has embarked on a path to bring about fundamental change to sailing in Ireland. In order to ensure that these areas receive the attention that they require, each Board member has been allocated responsibility for an area and will be the chair of a group that will develop policy for that area.
The allocations are as follows:
- Finance/Governance – Roger Bannon
- Government, Regulations and State Bodies – Philip Cowman/David Lovegrove
- Cruising and Leisure activities – Pierce Purcell
- Competition (Racing and Classes) – Jack Roy
- Access and Participation (including Sailfleet) – Laura Dillon
- Risk Assessment – Mike O’Connor
- Communications and Membership – David Lovegrove/Roger Bannon
- Olympics and High Performance – Colm Barrington
- Secretary and Special Projects – David O Brien
- SRG Implementation and Training – Brian Craig
The process going forward will be as follows:
The chair of each policy group is currently identifying suitable people to serve as members of their policy groups. These will be volunteers from a broad spectrum of Irish sailing who will bring their expertise and knowledge to the benefit of the Association and help determine the policy that will drive the new process and provide oversight as the work proceeds.
The Board is next meeting on 9 April to approve the composition of the policy groups. It will then be the task of these groups to help prepare an input to a strategic plan, which will set out how the ISA intends to implement the areas identified by the SRG as requiring attention. When the draft of this plan is prepared, the Board will consult with key stakeholders to get comments and feed-back that will help inform the final draft of the plan. It is the intention of the Board that this process will be completed by the Summer. When the strategic plan is finalised, the Board will hold regional briefing meetings explaining the plan and how it will be implemented.