This interim report is presented to update on the progress The Lord’s Taverners has made over the last 6 months.
Greg Brown our Chairman, is taking a short break to help and to support his wife, Jill, as they move house and support Jill in her recovery from a recent hip replacement. We wish Jill and Greg all the very best for a speedy recovery and welcome return to The Taverners in a very short time.
We appointed Stan Gilchrist as our Executive Officer mid-year. Stan is working with all branches with a view to increasing effectiveness, succession planning and rebuilding membership and attendance at events. We are already seeing benefits from this initiative and look forward to continuation into 2017. I note that we have secured independent funding for this role and The Taverners mantra to disburse all net funds received to our beneficiaries remains unchanged.
The Taverners took the decision to significantly lift support for the NCIC (National Cricket Inclusion Championships). These championships will be held at Geelong in Victoria in January 2017. Representative teams from most states will compete in the Blind, Deaf and All Abilities sections. It is anticipated that over 220 players will be in action.
We have made great inroads to become registered as a DGR charity nationally. We currently hold this in two branches, but believe it is important to hold an overarching registration nationally. We are hopeful that this will be in place early in 2017.
I welcome Robert Bilyk as our new Chairman in Tasmania and Geoff Cussen in the Northern Territory. They replace “Tassie” Paul Sheahan and Michael Martin in their respective branches. These are big shoes to fill and we thank the two retiring Chairmen for the tireless and unstinting commitment to the work of the Taverners.
Our branch in Newcastle has changed its name to Hunter region: more accurately reflecting its catchment area.
I am looking forward to 2017 as one of the most significant in our 34 years of existence. We are reviewing in detail all aspects of our business model, how we operate and importantly how we will look in the next 4 years. We are focused on becoming the Premier Cricket Charity in Australia and putting in place a structure and branch network to allow this to happen. Please watch this space as we make steps in this direction over the next months.
I invite everyone interested in cricket to get on board, and join us on this exciting journey as we continue giving the young and disadvantaged a sporting chance. The Lord’s Taverners is committed to this mission and determined to do more to assist in future years.
Acting National Chairman