GMA AGM 2020




This will be a 'virtual' online meeting run by the Company Secretary from our Milton Keynes Head Office

Sign up to the AGM today!


First the formal bit!

Members are hereby invited to the AGM, which this year is a 'virtual' meeting using online software. The meeting is scheduled to commence at 12:00noon on Wednesday 25th November 2020.

Please find below the agenda, minutes of the 2019 AGM, details of resolutions to be voted upon and the proxy voting forms for the meeting.

We have a couple of simple rules. First, because the AGM has formal tasks and responsibilties, affecting the GMA’s policies and strategy, and finances, any member who wishes to raise a question from the floor needs to submit his or her question to at least 24 hours before the meeting starts; for Chair consideration on its inclusion. This is so that we can be sure that issues and questions raised at the AGM, and the answers to be given by the Chair, CEO or Board, have been properly considered.

How do you know if you are a voting member? 

Only voting members are allowed to table questions and vote on any resolutions. If you are in either of the member categories below, then you are able to ask questions and vote.

Individuals (excluding those with Student Status, Under-16 Status and/or Domestic Status and/or Organisational Staff Membership Status)

Associate Members shall have one vote exercisable by a nominated representative -  this includes Organisation/Facility Memberships:-  Education, Grassroots, Local Authority, Professional Organisation, Professional Sports Club, Public Amenity, Estates, Independent School.

Can you still attend the AGM if you are not in one of the above categories?

Yes, if you are in any of the member categories listed below you are entitled to attend the AGM, but you are not entitled to table questions or vote.

Corporate Plus

Individuals with Student Status, Under-16 Status and/or Domestic Status and/or Organisational Staff Membership Status

How to sign up

If you're a GMA member and would like to attend this year’s AGM, please register immediately with our head office - phone 01908 552989, or email You will need to confirm an email address to enable an electronic invitation and meeting instructions to be sent to you in due course.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you at our AGM.


Grounds Management Association

2020 Annual General Meeting - Agenda 

Virtual meeting via online software invite at 12:00 noon, on Wednesday 25 November 2020

1   Opening - by Independent Chair, David Carpenter. Accompanied by CEO; Director of Finance / Company Secretary; and GMA Auditor, Ruth Dorans

2   Apologies 

3   Minutes of the 2019 AGM to be approved by the meeting

4   Briefing on voting details

5   Statement on the annual accounts and balance sheet from the Auditor

6   Resolution 1   to ask the meeting to formally approve the accounts

7   Resolution 2   to ask the meeting to approve the auditors for the ensuing year

8   Update from the Chair and CEO - to include details of any changes to the GMA Board of Directors

9   Resolution 3   to ask the meeting to approve the annual report

10 Resolution 4   to ask the meeting to approve the proposed changes to the Articles of Association

11 Any other business

12 Closing remarks by Independent Chair

RESOLUTION 1   To ask the meeting formally to approve the accounts as attached

RESOLUTION 2   To ask the meeting to approve the auditors for the ensuing year

RESOLUTION 3   To ask the meeting to approve the annual report as attached

RESOLUTION 4   To ask the meeting to approve the proposed changes to the Articles of Association as attached

(a copy of the existing Memorandum & Articles of Association can be found here)

Proxy Voting Forms

Complete either Form A, or Form B 

Please note that only paid-up individual members, other than student members, and appointed representatives of paid-up Associate Members are eligible to vote, either in person or by proxy at the AGM.

Proxy Form A

If you cannot attend the AGM but would like to specify the way in which your Proxy vote is used, you must appoint the Independent Chairman as your Proxy in order to formally record your voting wishes. In order to do this you must complete Parts 1 and 2 of the form. If you do not complete Part 2 the Independent Chairman will vote on your behalf as he thinks fit. To download and view Proxy Form A click here.

Proxy Form B 

This form allows you to give your vote to someone who will be in attendance on the day at the AGM and vote as they believe is best for the Institute and its members. To download and view Proxy Form B click here

Kimiyo Rickett has been Nominated for re-election to the position of GMA Sector Director

Kimiyo represents the local authority sector and has been a Board member since 2017

Kimiyo is currently based in Alsager, Cheshire. She has worked for various Local Authorities since 1985, including a number of senior positions. Most recently as Assistant Director - Communities & Leisure with Kirklees Metropolitan Council.

Kimiyo was a volunteer for British Blind Sport from 1983 until 2004. She attended the Atlanta Paralympics and was UK Athletics Team Manager for the Athens Paralympics in 2004.

She has gained a wide range of experience within cultural and leisure services including - policy and strategy development; sports development; health; new facility development and facility management; performance management and service improvement; business planning; marketing, consultation and research; equality and diversity.

Kimiyo has a BSc (Econ) from University College London and an MSc in Recreation Management from Loughborough University.

She has previously held positions with the following organisations - CLOA Executive; Sport England Regional Sports Board, West Midlands; Football Foundation Grass Roots Panel; Sport England Nominated Director of Manchester Leisure Trust; Sport England Equity Sub-Group; Advisor to the LGA on Sport; Sport England Lottery Awards Panel; Sport England Race Equality Advisory; Sport England Disability Advisory Group.


Dave Roberts has been Nominated for re-election to the position of GMA Sector Director

Dave represents the professional sport sector and has been a Board member since 2014

Dave has been in the industry since leaving school. He was educated at Rodbaston, Staffordshire College of Agriculture and completed his City and Guilds phase 1 and 2 and an NCH.

Dave’s career includes a YOPS scheme at Staffordshire County Council working on local schools grounds and Shugborough Hall, self-employed as a Landscape Gardener, Groundsman at Hampshire County Council, Supervisor with Tonrin Contractors looking after MOD sites and Hursley Park.

Dave was then offered a job at Southampton FC as a groundsman where he remained for 13 years being promoted to Grounds Manager and seeing the club move to St Marys as well as doubling the size of the training ground.

He then moved to work at Charterhouse School as Grounds Manager for 9 years to look after the 250-acre estate including the gardens, golf course, woodlands and sports pitches. During which time he joined the board of the GMA.

Liverpool FC then approached Dave to become their Senior Grounds Manager where he currently works looking after Anfield, Melwood and the Academy being involved in the rebuild of Anfield pitch and developing a new training ground for the first team to move into.

Also involved in other countries when the Liverpool travel on tour has given me some understanding on how the Sports turf industry works overseas.

Dave’s life has revolved around groundsmanship and he feels that his various experiences in different aspects of the industry such as:

Council grounds
Public schools
Premier League and Championship

give him a good balance as a director of the GMA. The GMA has changed over the last few years and will continue to evolve to represent its members. Dave feels that his current position enables him to see where some of the issues at the top of the industry are but also being involved in judging of grass roots pitches makes him aware of some of the pressures that the volunteer groundsman is also under. 


If anyone wishes to nominate an alternative candidate for these two positions please contact Alan Clarke on