Council has created a number of Committees, with a Council member as chairman, and appoints members to each (known as Officials). Each Committee has Terms of Reference that can be seen by clicking on the Committee name. To see more about each person click their picture.

The smooth running of the British Go Association depends on the freely given time of all those listed, and others. Council would like to thank them all. Volunteers are always welcome - please consult the list of vacancies and contact the President to discuss the opportunities.

Committee: Clubs and Membership
Role Person Job Description
Clubs and Equipment loan Colin Maclennan

Responsible for managing the equipment, typically sets, that are available for loan to clubs.

Our current inventory, of which only some items are available for loan, can be seen here.

Membership Secretary Paul Barnard

Responsible for maintaining our membership database, sending out renewal reminders, processing membership applications and issuing membership cards. Any enquiries about Go and the Association can be received and dealt with, especially those of the kind: "Is there a club or another player in my area?".

The Membership Secretary also looks for possibilities for formation of new clubs and provide contact information to those wishing to do so. Labels are provided for the despatch of mailings to the membership and currently despatch is arranged of the British Go Journal.

Regional Rep - East Midlands Toby Manning

To encourage and support Go playing in clubs and schools; including organising visits, tuition and recruitment, promoting the formation of new clubs and teaching events.

Regional Rep - East of England Ingrid Jendrzejewski

To encourage and support Go playing in clubs and schools; including organising visits, tuition and recruitment, promoting the formation of new clubs and teaching events.

Regional Rep - London Francis Roads

To encourage and support Go playing in clubs and schools; including organising visits, tuition and recruitment, promoting the formation of new clubs and teaching events.

Regional Rep - North West Martin Harvey

To encourage and support Go playing in clubs and schools; including organising visits, tuition and recruitment, promoting the formation of new clubs and teaching events.

Regional Rep - South Coast Peter Wendes

To encourage and support Go playing in clubs and schools; including organising visits, tuition and recruitment, promoting the formation of new clubs and teaching events.

Student Development Alex Kent

Suggests ways of and encourages development of Go amongst students.

Committee: External Relations
Role Person Job Description
Archivist Barry Chandler

The Archivist looks after our Archive which contains material relating to the history of the Association, including old minute books, and most English-language Go publications. The job includes maintaining an inventory of the contents of the archive. Please contact the Archivist before sending new items for inclusion in the archive.

EGF representative Jon Diamond

Main contact with the European Go Federation

Exhibitions

Suggests and encourages publicity and teaching stands at various external events.

Also provides support to anyone who wants to run an Exhibition, giving advice, sharing experience, providing kit and leaflets etc

Learn Go Week organiser Maria Tabor

Organiser for the Learn Go Week in 2014

Marketing Maria Tabor

The Marketing Manager is responsible for initiating, managing and monitoring of all marketing initiatives. These include

  • encouraging and helping with publicity for our own tournaments and other events
  • identifying and developing publicity for other target opportunities
  • participating in exhibitions and other kinds of external events
  • handling relations with other external UK organisations not directly covered by other officials, e.g. the Anglo-Japan Society
Mind Sports Council Toby Manning

Represents the Association on the Mind Sports Council (English Chess Federation and English Bridge Union plus ourselves)

Press Peter Wendes

Acts as a first point of contact for members of the press. He or she also provides assistance to other Go organisers in preparing press releases.

Sponsorship Jon Diamond

Solicits and encourages Sponsorship for the Association and its events.

Sports and Recreation Alliance Toby Manning

Our representative to the Sports and Recreation Alliance (used to be called CCPR).

Committee: Online
Role Person Job Description
Facebook Administrator Jon Diamond

Posts messages and administers the Association's page on Facebook.

Gotalk Moderator

Administers the Gotalk email list, checking for bouncing addresses and incorrectly rejected messages.

Junior Web Site Editor Martin Harvey

Edits the Junior Web Site section of our website (also part of Youth Committee)

Online League Co-ordinator John Collins

Organises the BGA's online leagues.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship Captain Chris Bryant

Captains our team in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship.

Responsible for arranging the dates of matches and the teams (from the list of players submitted at the start of the season).

Tweetter Jonathan Green

Responsible for monitoring and administration of our britgo Twitter account

Webmaster Brian Brunswick

Responsible for the overall maintenance of the website. This policy statement describes the policy followed and lists those who are responsible for sections of the site.

Webmaster John Collins

Responsible for the overall maintenance of the website. This policy statement describes the policy followed and lists those who are responsible for sections of the site.

Website Editor Tony Atkins

Maintains the day to day contents of the website.

Website Indexer Jochen Fassbender

Keeps the BGA website's index up to date.

Website News Editor Tony Atkins

Collects news and maintains the news section of the website.

Committee: Player Development
Role Person Job Description
Double Digit Kyu Support Roger Huyshe

Provides support for the training and encouragement of players at and below 10 kyu.

Game Review Service Paul Barnard

Provides members with the chance to get their games commented on by a stronger player. Games should be sent to the Analyst who will either review them himself or pass them to other members for review.

If your game is very interesting, your permission may be sought to publish it in the British Go Journal or put it online. Electronic game records (SGF format) are preferred, but paper game diagrams are OK too.

To get best value from your game review, do annotate the record with any questions and with your thoughts at key moments of the game.

National Trainer Andrew Simons

This is a job required as part of the European Go and Cultural Centre's training programme. He or she acts as an interface for teaching material produced between the EGCC and the BGA. He or she also should encourage training through a network of trainers and provide training courses and materials.

Online Study Group Billy Woods

Organises the Online Study Group, formerly the Shodan Challenge, setting up and maintaining the list of challengers and their mentors.

Rating and Grading Geoff Kaniuk

Monitors the rating and grading system, determines if any changes are needed and makes them.

Training Consultant Matthew Macfadyen

Provides the BGA with training advice and material that can be used to run seminars or courses.

Committee: Publications
Role Person Job Description
Advertising Manager Jon Diamond

Solicits and manages advertising in the British Go Journal and on the website.

Bookseller Roger Huyshe

Selling books and sets at tournaments and other events.

The bookseller also wishes to help those organising outreach events of any form to achieve the benefits of bulk buying. Organisers are encouraged to contact the bookseller to discuss requirements and transport arrangements.

British Go Journal Editor Pat Ridley

The Journal Editor is responsible for the production of up to four editions of the Journal every year. Distribution is handled by the Membership Secretary.

The main tasks that need to be undertaken to produce it are the collation, selection and layout of the Journal contents in preparation for printing. This includes the production of game diagrams (also in a format for the website) and typesetting. Another task is liaising with the printers.

Maintaining and expanding the pool of contributors, and developing content through commissioning and discussions with contributors, is also of great importance.

British Go Journal Editorial Consultant Barry Chandler

Advises and assists the editor of the Journal.

Handbook Editor Nick Wedd

Responsible for producing new editions of the BGA Organisers' Handbooks.

Newsletter Editor Jil Segerman

Responsible for producing electronic Newsletters per year and inserts into the BGJ. The Newsletter contains recent news and tournament results and also contact information for forthcoming tournaments.

Publicity Material Jon Diamond

Responsible for producing new editions of publicity materials.

Committee: Tournaments
Role Person Job Description
Championships Organiser

Responsible for co-ordinating the organisation of the various UK titles: the British Go Championship and the Youth and Pair Go events. The duties are detailed in the Rules for the British Championships.

Draw Program Maintainer Geoff Kaniuk

GoDraw is the program that provides the draw for our McMahon organised tournaments. It has a Windows interface and is constantly being improved. You can download GoDraw via the BGA software pages.

London Open Organiser Gerry Gavigan

Organises the joint Central London Go Club and British Go Association team running the London Open Tournament.

Referee Training Geoff Kaniuk

Suggests and encourages referee training and provides material for referee courses.

Stacey Points Jim Clare

Maintains the list of players' Stacey Points.

Tournament Co-ordinator Tony Atkins

Maintains our Tournament Calendar and provides support to tournament organisers. As there are less than 52 events in a year, there is an attempt to smooth out the calendar so some months are not too crowded with events. Certainly there should not normally be two events the same weekend, and especially not the same day.

To choose a date for your tournament, look at the calendar to see what is available, taking note of the geographic spread of events in a particular month as well as the date. Then check with the coordinator that your date is suitable and it will be added to the calendar, provisionally until you confirm the date and provide more information.

If your date is acceptable as fitting into our calendar, then the tournament will be listed and you will able to borrow our tournament equipment and even get assistance with running your event. In return you will be expected to pay the Tournament Levy and provide the results of your event electronically to us (primarily for rating purposes).

Tournament Equipment Tony Atkins

Responsible for organising the loan of our tournament equipment. This usually travels in multiples of 12 (often with 15 clocks).

You will need to arrange with him/her for sufficient sets to be brought to your event. This may mean your having to collect equipment from the last event or elsewhere. If you wish to borrow our draw computer he/she also arrange this.

Tournament Results Geoff Kaniuk

Collects the results from all UK tournaments and ensures that they are sent to the Web Site Editor for the results section and to the European ratings system in the correct format.

Committee: Youth
Role Person Job Description
Child Protection Adviser Sue Paterson

As described in the policy on working with children and young people, the Child Protection Adviser provides advice to members involved in youth go activities.

Members should contact the CPA to discuss any situation of concern that may come to their notice.

Education Peter Wendes

To increase the exposure of Go in schools and other educational facilities, by establishing and maintaining contacts with schools, education authorities and throughout the world of education and visits schools to give an introduction to Go.

Also gives advice to other Go players on teaching Go and setting up clubs for youth Go.

Junior Web Site Editor Martin Harvey

Edits the junior section of the web site, including the lists contained thereon.

Ex-officio (see Online Committee)

Schools Internet Go Server Developer Alex Selby

Develops and maintains the code of the SIG server.

UK Go Challenge Tony Atkins

Organises the annual UK Go Challenge competition for schools.

UK Youth Team Martin Harvey

Organises international matches with other countries, normally via the Internet.

Youth Championship Tony Atkins

Organises the annual British Youth Go Championship.

Youth Contacts Paul Smith

Maintains contact lists of school clubs, teachers and junior players; and sends out information on junior Go via the youth-go list

Youth Grand Prix Tony Atkins

Organises the Youth Grand Prix

Youth Representative - North East

Co-ordinates contact with schools in a particular area, providing advice and help where needed.

Youth Representative - Northern Ireland Ian Davis

Co-ordinates contact with schools in a particular area, providing advice and help where needed.

Youth Representative - Scotland

Co-ordinates contact with schools in a particular area, providing advice and help where needed.

Youth Representative - South West and South Wales Neil Moffat

Co-ordinates contact with schools in a particular area, providing advice and help where needed.

Youth Representative - Thames Valley Tony Atkins

Co-ordinates contact with schools in a particular area, providing advice and help where needed.

Youth Representative - West Midlands

Co-ordinates contact with schools in a particular area, providing advice and help where needed.

Youth Squad Leader Alison Bexfield

Leader of the UK Youth Go squad.

This squad provides coaching and competitions for keen juniors who are aiming to become strong enough to represent the UK in the European Youth Championships in the Netherlands in March 2015.

Juniors who have reached 30 kyu or stronger and who wish to join the squad should contact the above for more information.

Youth Teaching Roger Huyshe

Organises online teaching sessions for promising junior players

Youth Teaching Materials Ian Davis

Produces teaching materials that are suitable for Youth players.