GARDENING GROUP COMMITTEE – TERMS OF REFERENCE
1. Club Governance. So far as governance of the Club is concerned, the Board of the Royal Automobile Club Limited and The Committee (of the Club) are the same body (Rules 7- 12). Thus, the Board, which is elected by the membership, exercises sole authority over all aspects of the Club’s affairs.
2. Delegation of Authority. The Board delegates authority for the implementation of Club Strategy and the day-to-day management of the Club to the Secretary and the Club Management Committee. The Club’s four Standing Committees (Pall Mall, Woodcote Park, Elections, Motoring), Sub Committees and Activity Committees are established by the Board. The Board appoints members of Standing Committees and appoints Chairmen of Sub Committees, Activity Committees and Working Groups. The purpose of these Committees and Groups is to act as a sounding board, representing the interests of all members, and to provide advice to the Board and guidance to the Club Management Committee.
GARDENING GROUP COMMITTEE
3. Officers of Committee:
• Chairman. The Chairman will be appointed by the Board.
• Committee Members.
• Standing Member (non-voting). Only if required, see paragraph 8.
• Management Representatives (non-voting).
• The Head Gardener.
• The Resident Manager.
4. Numbers on Committee:
• Minimum. Five
• Maximum. Ten
5. Appointment of Officers. Any new appointment shall be by recommendation by majority vote of the committee. The name of any person so proposed will be submitted to the Woodcote Park House Committee for approval. All committees may appoint a Vice Chairman should they wish. However, no Honorary positions such as Honorary President will be permitted.
6. Composition. All committees are to aim for no more than two thirds of their committee members to be of the same gender and are to report annually to the Woodcote Park House Committee on gender composition.
7. Term on Committee.
a. Committee Members. Two terms of three years, renewable thereafter by the Chairman of the Committee, who must seek approval from the Woodcote Park House Committee to offer further terms of one year each year up to a maximum of nine years.
b. Chairman. The Chairman may serve a maximum of six years as a Committee Member and a further six years as Chairman, up to a maximum of 12 years in the aggregate.
8. Standing Member. Committees may be allowed to appoint one standing member on the committee, in addition to rotating committee members, once they have served on a committee for a maximum of nine years, but only by exception and only if they provide a function which is essential to the successful conduct of that activity. The standing member is not a full member of the committee, has no voting rights and cannot be the Chairman or Vice Chairman. Standing members are to be identified in formal documents, such as minutes of meetings.
9. Quorum. Not less than 50% of the members and the Chairman of the meeting shall have an additional casting vote if necessary.
10. Frequency of Meetings. Minimum four per year.
11. Objectives. The committee has seven core objectives which are listed below:
a. To lead the development of member gardening activities – lectures, garden visits and, garden walks and other events for members of the Royal Automobile Club.
b. To receive, consider and respond, in conjunction with the gardening team, to comments from members about the gardens at Woodcote Park.
c. To advise on the development of a plan for the restoration and improvement of the gardens at Woodcote Park, in conjunction with the Head Gardener.
d. To assist the gardening team in developing planting plans for the plant borders on the Woodcote Park Estate.
e. To liaise with the Woodcote Park House Committee and Club Management regarding resources for the development and maintenance of the gardens.
f. Any other activities requested by the Chairman of the Woodcote Park House Committee or the Head Gardener, after discussion with the Woodcote Park House Committee Chairman.
12. Responsibilities. The Committee has two responsibilities which are listed below:
a. Annual Reporting. Committees are required to submit an end-of-year report to the Club Secretary and the Woodcote Park House Committee by 30 November on the activities conducted during the year, to seek authority for extensions of standing committee members and to report on gender composition and succession plans. This will be considered alongside the budget for the forthcoming year.
b. Representation. All committee members are representatives of the Club and have a responsibility to behave in accordance with the Club’s values, internally at Club events and activities, and externally when representing the Club.
13. Communications and Branding. Committees are to ensure that all communications are in accordance with the Club Communications Guide (including the Gender Inclusive Language Guide), and are compliant with General Data Protection Regulations 2018, seeking approval, support and guidance from the Club’s Communications Department. All branded products and merchandise, such as team sports clothes, are to be designed in accordance with the Club’s Brand Guidelines, requiring approval from the Head of Communications prior to production.