Motorsport UK in major governance reforms

14 Mar 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Motorsport UK has announced major changes to the administration of motorsport in the UK, following an extraordinary general meeting of the Royal Automobile Club in London.

The governing body has adopted new articles of association, which bring it in line with Sport England’s Code of Governance and best practice.

The move will see the Motorsport UK Board become the ultimate decision-making body in the governance of UK motorsport - historically the role of the Motorsport Council. 

As a result, the Board's make-up will change to include a greater proportion of independent non-executive directors, in addition to the members representing the sport’s direct interests.

The Council will also expand significantly to include representatives of a wider range of stakeholders, including motorsport venues, broader motorsport activities such as commercial karting and the motorsport industry in general. 

Meanwhile, a new Rules Committee, drawn from across the disciplines, will be established to review regulation changes proposed by the various specialist committees. Meeting bi-annually, the Rules Committee will review proposed regulation changes and ensure that full consideration is given prior to submission to the Motorsport UK Board.

Commenting on the milestone, David Richards CBE [pictured], Chairman of Motorsport UK, said: “This is a very significant moment in the history of Motorsport in the UK, as we commit to becoming a modern governing body that is truly representative of our members and motorsport in general. The changes approved this week have come about after lengthy debate and meet the objective of ensuring that we will now provide the highest standards of sports governance.

“This is a journey of modernisation that over 50 sports governing bodies in this country have already taken. As sport has developed from its amateur roots it has become highly complex, commercial and multidisciplinary. Motorsport is no exception and these changes now provide the foundation for the future development and promotion of motorsport in the UK.”

The Board meeting also saw the appointment of Tom Purves as the new Chairman of the reformed Motorsport Council, taking over from Tony Scott Andrews at the end of his nine-year tenure. Purves has previously served as a Director of Motorsport UK and is also a former Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club.

[Correction: An earlier version of this story was accompanied by a motorcycle racing image. We are happy to clarify that the discipine is not among those governed by Motorsport UK.]