British Cycling has responded to the recent criticisms aired over its new Code for Sports Governance regulations.
A spokesperson for the British Cycling Board said: “Damian Collins MP’s criticisms of British Cycling are ill-informed and do not take account of the changes underway at the organisation.
“In accordance with the requirements of the new Code for Sports Governance, and as we announced last week, a number of board members will be stepping down following the EGM in July when the National Council votes to approve Board changes. Seventy percent of the Board will therefore change as a result. A mass walkout of the Board at this time would be detrimental to the sport which is why we are seeking to responsibly manage this transition. The independent directors – Alex Russell, Jonathan Browning and Marian Lauder – will continue to be Board members. Jonathan Browning will be eligible to apply for the appointed position of Chair of British Cycling in the forthcoming open selection process in October this year. His role in introducing and maintaining the pace of change at British Cycling since becoming Chair in February 2017 is unmatched in sport.
“Bob Howden, the former Chair who stood down in February 2017 following four years in the role from November 2013, is eligible for re-election as British Cycling’s President this November, but would no longer be a member of the Board. Should Bob stand, then this is a decision for our membership. Change is therefore very much coming to the British Cycling Board, giving the organisation the leadership it needs to ensure we become a world class governing body
“Brian Cookson served as British Cycling President from 1997 until 2013, having joined an emergency committee in 1996 to save British Cycling from insolvency. He has made an enormous contribution to the sport in this country and around the world and we wish him every best wish as he seeks re-election for the role of UCI President.
“British Cycling is quickly and responsibly changing with the endorsement of UK Sport and Sport England, the Government’s own funding bodies. Our Board – and that of many NGBs the length of the country – are filled with unpaid volunteers who give their time to steward our sport. Their voluntary contribution is invaluable, as is the 3.5m volunteer hours that British Cycling’s supporters have donated over the past year.
“Change is very much in train at British Cycling. Damian Collins would be very welcome to come to the National Cycling Centre, whenever he would like, to understand and witness the transformation that is underway.”