A few comments on the statement...
ECF Academy Statement wrote:1. As regards the bid process to run the ECF Academy after 2019, the ECF’s Chairman of Governance Robert Stern has confirmed that he has reviewed the bid process and is satisfied that it was run in a correct and impartial manner that was fully in compliance with Regulation No. 1 (“The Bids Regulations”);
I don't think it's the role of the Governance Committee to review per se decisions made by the ECF. Rather, I think it's the job of the Governance Committee to ensure the federation's articles, processes, procedures etc. are fit for purpose. (I have a guide on governance provided by the Sports and Recreation Alliance which says "Governance is not the management of the day-to-day operations of the organisation — it is the framework of strategy, risk management, controls and processes
"). I wonder: does the Governance Committee think Regulation No. 1 is fit for purpose? See also this
ECF Academy Statement wrote:4. Regulation No. 1 forbids the disclosure of reasons for accepting/rejecting bids, and also requires that details of individual bids remain confidential to the ECF;
ECF Regulation No. 1 wrote:6. Once a decision is taken, the responsible Director has the duty to advise all those bidding of the decision reached. No reasons shall be given.
7. In accordance with normal commercial practice, bidding details remain confidential to the Federation. Copies of the Bid invitation, the successful bid itself and any other relevant documentation shall be retained by the ECF Office.
I don't know about this. I can understand that certain information ought not to be disclosed but I'd also like to be assured that the best decision was made and that everything that needed to be considered was. The ECF is a membership organisation, not a commercial enterprise, and ought, I think, to be more open.