The first stage of Table Tennis England’s review into its governance and structures is under way.

The Board has appointed the members of the Governance Review Group (GRG), the Board sub-group which will oversee the process, procedure and timetable of the review.

The GRG will be chaired by Senior Independent Director Mark Quartermaine and will also include Table Tennis England Chairman Sandra Deaton and Chief Executive Sara Sutcliffe, plus the Chair of National Council Tony Catt and the Chair of Rules Committee’s delegate Estyn Williams.

The GRG’s first tasks will be to draft and consult on the Terms of Reference for the Independent Review Panel (IRP) which will lead the Review; to identify, interview and recommend the appointment of the members of the IRP; and to confirm and publish the timetable of the Review.

IRP members’ skills will include some or all of governance, legal, membership bodies, communications, different NGB structures and table tennis.

The next meeting of the GRG will take place on 8th September.

As the process continues, both the GRG and IRP will report periodically to the Board, which in turn will provide updates to National Council and the wider membership. Central to the Review will be the opportunity for any individual member, club or league to be part of the consultation process so that all views can be taken into account. More details on the timetable for the consultation will be published in due course.

The Review delivers on a commitment made ahead of this month’s Extraordinary General Meeting, at which Company Members voted to approve governance reforms necessary for the sport to comply with the Government’s new Code for Sports Governance.

The aim of the Review is to undertake a wide-ranging and thorough review into the governance and structures of Table Tennis England to achieve a modernised, professional, transparent organisation that balances the need for democracy and a volunteer workforce at its heart.