The changes proposed are fundamentally about implementing the legal requirements of the Companies Act and good governance. That said on 17 Feb 18 the NC voted unanimously to “Produce a set of recommendations to take to a June AGM, taking legal advice on what is possible, to enable us to meet Sport England’s requirements for continued funding” so it was clear that SE approval of the new articles was also required.
The new Articles were initially drafted by independent lawyers with a brief to ensure they comply with company law and good governance best practice.
These changes primarily addressed the issue of ensuring legal liability for all BMC activity is clearly with the Directors as required by law, and hence covered by our liability insurance..
After the Articles were drafted, and in order to address the NC vote, a series of meetings were held with Sport England. The changes are shown in the proposed AoA which are required by Sport England in order to comply with their code.
 Para 5.1.8 of NC Minutes 17 Feb 2018.