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Final BAFA Directors Confirmed
Jul 22, 2023 - 1:41:30 PM

At a recent BAFL board meeting, the BAFL Directors confirmed that Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR) Business and Membership Development Officer, Richard Norman, was unanimously elected as the BAFL representative to BAFA.

Richard, has a First Class Honours Degree from Brunel University in Sport Science and a variety of post-degree qualifications/courses from risk management to marketing and executive administration. Richard has worked at CCPR since 2005. His current role covers a variety of commercial, funding, membership and strategic planning projects – as well as working with national governing bodies of sport and recreation (NGBs), Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Government departments, civil servants, commercial organisations and Members of Parliament on a variety of topics relating to national sports policy. Richard has worked actively with BAFA board since 2008 as part of his personnel development programme.
Speaking on his new role, Richard commented, I am delighted to become an official part of the British American football scene. Over the past few years working with the BAFA has demonstrated clearly to me the potential for American football in this country. I sincerely hope that in this role, with the support of the Directors of the BAFL and BAFA, we will be able to continue, and build upon, the successes of recent years.
The new Non-Executive Chairman of the BAFL, Jeremy Rogers, was also unanimously elected by the BAFL Directors to the second post on the BAFA board.
Jeremy Rogers returned to active involvement in football in 1997 when moving to Oxford where he has undertaken a number of roles including game management and external liaison. He also was an active part of the University of Reading Knights as coach and Director of Operations from 1998 to 2007. After spending one year as BAFRA Liaison Officer for BAFL he took on the responsibility of BAFL Development Director that he has retired from in becoming Chairman. Professionally he is a Principal Consultant specialising in performance and technical assessment, working most recently with the Department of Work and Pensions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, BIG Lottery Fund and Natural England.
Speaking on his new roles, Jeremy commented, I hope that my experience, knowledge and skills will play a valued part in the ongoing development of BAFA. With respect to the BAFL and my Non-Executive Chairman position I see my principle role as working to strengthen corporate oversight and provide strategic advice to the executive directors.
Outgoing Interim Chairman, Ken Walters commented, I saw my brief tenure as an opportunity for the incumbent Directors to reflect on their roles and responsibilities and consider the duration of their tenures. Ken added, the outcome of this activity was to ensure that the BAFL was able to deliver its objectives over a longer period – in particular, to be able to support the delivery of the BAFA objective of a single association by 2013. Ken concluded, Some of the headline changes mentioned here will benefit, not only BAFL, but also BAFA in achieving these objectives – and there are more announcements from the BAFL to follow as we consider the succession planning for some of my fellow Directors.

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