Basketball England would like to thank Andy Milbourne for his contribution to the role of chairperson of the Regional Council as he steps down from the role.
Andy has held the role for some time, fulfilling his duties alongside the role of East Regional chair for much of the time and he agreed to stay on in the chairperson role despite handing over the reigns in the East two years ago to provide the group with his experience and knowledge over time.
Unfortunately, Andy has experienced an issue with his transplanted liver which has meant it is impossible for him to commit fully to meetings and rightly is focusing on his health.
“I am very disappointed to step down from my role as chair but at present issues with the mechanics of my transplanted liver mean that health considerations take priority,” said Andy.
“It has been a genuine honour to be involved in the Council and I am delighted that since our involvement with Stewart Kellett (Basketball England CEO) and David Butler (Basketball England Delivery Director) the pace of change has increased considerably and we are seeing the outcomes of discussions undertaken and decisions made have an impact on the game.
"We all understand that there remains a considerable distance to travel but the continuity at the top of BE, the quality of their staff and the commitment of Regional Chairs and the hundreds of other volunteers around the country, who just love our game, are all indicators of a positive future.”
The regional chairs will be consulted on how they want future meetings to be chaired at a forthcoming meeting.
Thanking Andy for his service, Stewart Kellett said: “I’d like to thank Andy for his contributions not only as chair of the Regional Council, but also for his sterling contribution in administering and developing the sport over the past fifty years, which we were delighted to recognise in 2018 when Andy was presented with a Services To Basketball Award at the Volunteer Awards.”
“Andy’s commitment to the group of Regional Chairs has been excellent and his experience and knowledge will be missed around the table but he rightly has to focus on his health.
"I am sure that everyone in the game will join me in wishing Andy well in getting back to full health and thanking him for his contribution to the game.”