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by Simon Brown
Fri May 22, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

Stewart, splitting the federation may be a good idea. But I don't think you should assume that getting charitable status is going to solve all your issues in amateur and junior chess, so if "Professional English Chess" is successful, then juniors and amateurs have to benefit in some way. That's the ...
by Simon Brown
Thu May 21, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

Ben, the ECF is not a charity, so you shouldn't run it like one. I'm not claiming to give life experience, just my thoughts on the back of my career. Of course you don't want someone with wage incentives, which is why goal alignment is so important, but actually you don't need anyone whose life pass...
by Simon Brown
Thu May 21, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

If you want to pay a modest salary, you'll get a mediocre person. You can't incentivise them with a finder's fee because the goal alignment is all wrong - you need someone who will commit their skill in the knowledge that if they don't deliver, they will get kicked out and that will be a black mark ...
by Simon Brown
Thu May 21, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

Not sure I agree. Of course the ECF doesn't have to make a profit, but it does need to maximise the excess of revenue over costs, just as a private company does. For the ECF, that excess is what it has available to do the things it wants to do. For a private company, the excess is what it distribute...
by Simon Brown
Wed May 20, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

Chris I agree. I am completely out of touch. Which means I can have completely independent, unbiased views. If your initiatives result in something, I will be pleased. I haven't read anywhere that the ECF is contemplating paying for expert advice to raise funds, but if I am wrong, I will be even mor...
by Simon Brown
Wed May 20, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

Jack, if you stand and are elected, if I read rightly on another thread, I would be happy to help. But not under the current regime.

Simon (FM extremely dormant, as I have other things to do...)
by Simon Brown
Wed May 20, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

Glad this is being discussed. A few points re what has gone before, and a few other things to think about... Clearly the ECF isn't bankrupt. Forget legacies, forget the BCM. It will always be able to raise enough Game Fee to cover its costs, providing there is a competent CFO, because people will pa...
by Simon Brown
Sat May 16, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

Of course it's OK to spend 80% of your income on admin, as long as your income is high enough. I invest in a business which needs £96 of cost to generate £100 of income, but since its income is £500m I'm happy. And none of the £96 is materials, it's essentially a business where all the cost is p...
by Simon Brown
Sat May 16, 2009 12:42 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

She looks fine, but not that fine, And she's a good secretary. And £50k isn't unusual where I work
by Simon Brown
Fri May 15, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 14132

Re: Director of Finance

I agree with Paul and Stewart on this. When I was a BCF director,about 100 years ago, I visited the office a number of times and found the then staff (including Cynthia) to be helpful and efficient. If the office costs only £120k a year, that sounds cheap to me. I don't know the numbers but it soun...
by Simon Brown
Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two enquiries
Replies: 6
Views: 1656

Re: Two enquiries

Sorry. I forgot that everyone is 190 these days. Hugh was of course a real 190 plus player, no mean achievement in the 70s.
by Simon Brown
Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17370

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Sorry Nigel (D) but I don't agree. Nigel (S) may have made has fair share of what people may perceive as mistakes, but, with one exception to my mind, he has thought out his actions carefully, and acted accordingly. I think the UK chess scene would be the poorer without him, whether you agree with w...
by Simon Brown
Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two enquiries
Replies: 6
Views: 1656

Re: Two enquiries

Hi James

I'm sure Richard is correct on Dharshan. He normally is.

I would imagine your Murphy is Hugh Murphy, who if I recall came from Herts. He was a useful player, probably about 190 and he would be about 47 now I guess.

Hope that's useful
by Simon Brown
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 71777

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Hi John

I've joined your Facebook group. Doubt I have much to contribute apart from memories and a few games, but I will keep a look out - I occasionally find gems at my mother's house from the good old days...

All the best

Simon
by Simon Brown
Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 71777

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I was a member of CentYMCA from about 1971 until 1983 or so. The club was mastermined by Mike Wills and met in extraordinary premises in Endell Street, Covent Garden. A chess room was open every day and it attracted the sort of colourful characters seldom seen these days. If I recall, Leonard Barden...