‘Surgery’ planned for CWI governance report
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Conde Riley said on Thursday that the local governing body had established a “high-powered” committee to examine the recommendations put forward recently by the Independent Task Force for Corporate Governance Reform.
Riley, a prominent Cricket West Indies (CWI) director, told a media conference here that the committee would carry out “surgery” on the 36-page governance report with a sense of “urgency” and expected to be able to submit its findings within a month.
“We are in the process, as a board, of putting together a group to do a surgery on the proposals,” Riley said.
“Our committee that we have put together will look at it, come back to the board, and then we will make our submission.
“I remember the last report was the Barriteau Report, which said they would dissolve Cricket West Indies – it cannot be done in law. I’m not a lawyer … , but I know you cannot take over a company.
“The only body that can do that would be the shareholders, and all six shareholders would have to agree to that. If one says no, it’s over.
“But we will report to our membership and the people of Barbados in due course once that committee does its surgery on this report.”
The BCA is one of six constituent boards of CWI currently mulling over the report, which was submitted last week by the task force chairman, Jamaican businessman and senator Don Wehby.
Among the recommendations is a reduction in the size of the board from its current total of 18 members to 12 and the inclusion of at least two women to reflect diversity.
DECREASE IN COMMITTEE
The report also calls for a decrease in committees from 12 to five and a redefining of the roles of the president and vice-president in order to strengthen their non-executive nature.
Riley, who has often been at odds with the current Ricky Skerritt-led administration, said he had no issues with reducing the size of the board once the executive functions were carried out efficiently.
“If they say – and again, the shareholders would have to agree to this – you reduce the board, instead of having two directors per shareholder, you have one, once you have the executive arm functioning properly, I have no difficulty with that,” Riley explained.
“But as I said, we’re going to deal with it as a board, take the advice of the committee which we’ve put together, and the committee is a fairly high-powered one.
“We have asked that this thing be dealt with ASAP, so I hope that within a month, we will have a report, if not sooner.”
The task force was commissioned by Skerritt after replacing three-term president Dave Cameron last year, making good on a campaign promise to review the governance structure of CWI once elected.
Skerritt said CWI was determined to “do all we can to ensure the implementation of this report”.
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