A busy last quarter of 2014 has seen Wharton consultants engaged across a variety of projects, including and especially the following:
- Neil has been working with the Amateur Swimming Association to conduct a strategic review of water polo following UK Sport’s withdrawal of funding support for the Great Britain programmes earlier this year. Through one-to-one consultations and an online survey, Neil has gathered opinions within the sport on the way forward, and is currently putting together recommendations on a strategic plan for the next ten years (see http://www.swimming.org/asa/news/general-announcements/dr-neil-tunnicliffe-appointed-to-undertake-a-strategic-review-of-water-polo/22094)
- Sarah has continued to work with British Ski and Snowboard following her review of their selection policy and process for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games – this time advising the Board of Directors on the development of its vision, mission, strategy and key performance indicators for the next four years through to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
- David has been commissioned by British Showjumping to facilitate discussions within their Board of Directors on a new strategic direction for the sport
- Simon has agreed to step into a breach at Sport England on a part-time, interim basis following the departure of their Head of Audit, Risk and Governance, Hilary Milne. Simon will serve in this role until spring 2015, when it is anticipated that a replacement for Hilary will be identified
- Neil and Sarah concluded their interim review of Sport Wales’s Elite Sport Strategy, presenting findings and recommendations to the SW Board of Directors in late November. In the same month Neil presented the outcomes of the International Netball Federation’s review of international umpiring to the INF Board at its meeting in Auckland, New Zealand – albeit by Skype rather than in person!
- Neil and Simon have continued to work with Ice Hockey UK on their governance structures and systems, with proposals for change agreed by the IHUK Board in October and implementation planning now under way. Key features of the new structure will be the appointment of independent, non-executive directors to the IHUK Board, new and more detailed Articles of Association, and a series of strategic planning events for the sport in the first half of 2015