Robin Tasker, an experienced AC player from Chester CC and known to many in the Federation has been elected to represent the North West Federation on the CA Council for a term of three years from 16th October 2021.
Robin follows in the footsteps of John Dawson, also from Chester, who has stepped down from this position after representing the North West with great distinction. On behalf of all members in the north west we thank John for his time and excellent contributions.
Here is more information:
North West Council Constituencey
Candidate Elected for October 2021 – 2024
I started playing croquet at Chester Croquet Club six years ago having played briefly in my twenties before the usual (and enjoyable) demands of life took over. And it was a good decision to do so as croquet provides a healthy outdoor activity combined with technical and mental challenges; and also a welcoming, well-organised and supportive community both in Chester and across the North West.
My working life was all about computer networks from being Head of Networking for a large UK Research Council to leading the UK’s efforts in the international standardisation of all matters related to data communications. As such policy and strategy were central to my work together with the need for clear communication, negotiation and diplomacy to get things done. Such skills are very much transferable, and it is these that I would wish to bring to this role.
At my first Southport Festival of Croquet I was inspired (and somewhat overawed!) by seeing the sheer numbers of people playing and enjoying the game, and again the sense of community was clear to see. For croquet to thrive and grow, tapping into this sense of belonging is vital. There is undoubted scope to reach a wider and more diverse audience but this must be approached realistically and in a sustainable manner. But nonetheless I believe this to be vital for croquet to confirm its relevance and to secure its future.
Personally I enjoy the competitive side of the sport and therefore see the improvement and development of both technical and tactical skills as key for a thriving sport at all levels within the game. Of course it is perfectly fine to simply enjoy the game, but actually it’s also great fun to see just how far you can be challenged. And often I am!
Proposer: Liz Wilson Seconder: John Dawson