Governance: Raising the Bar

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TRF Governance Director Stewart Bosworth understands the need to ensure our standards, responsibilities and values are upheld and honoured.

He recently shared his thoughts with Trail:

The TRF is now approaching 5,000 members, which by any measure is now a sizeable organisation.  My first task as a director was to look at generating a governance framework for the TRF to operate within.

As an organisation representing a growing membership that increasingly works with professionals such as the police, local authorities, and regulatory bodies the TRF needs to be able to present itself as a professional, self-governing organisation with a culture and behaviour wholly consistent with its aims and values.

The aim of the TRF is to conserve the green road network for motorcyclists.  In order to achieve this – and as a responsible organisation – the TRF operates to a vision and set of values that reflect both the culture of the organisation and its membership, which is demonstrated through a set of standards of behaviour.

The proposed framework contains reference to a decision model and an approach which will be taken by directors in respect of all future decision making.

So what does this mean for members?

Membership of the TRF brings benefits and entitlements, including insurance cover for events, discounts negotiated with suppliers and the very best legal knowledge and advice in respect of rights of road access.

However, one must not forget that membership also requires responsibility and accountability in respect of any member who creates a threat or risk of harm to the TRF.  Threat, risk and harm can impact an organisation in a number of ways including damage to its reputation.

The growth in social media usage is a good example – the vast majority of our members use it responsibly, though there is often a direct link between the activity or language used and with the individual posting or those being captured on film being a member of the TRF (a sticker on a motorcycle, the post title, its comments, etc.).  Content posted on social media can be shared across the internet and therefore has the potential to be viewed by any number of individuals both inside and outside of the TRF.

Inappropriate or irresponsible posts which can be used to demonstrate that members are misusing the green road network or displaying behaviours which are contrary to the vision, values and aims of the TRF create a level of threat, risk and harm that will call into question the suitability of ongoing membership for some individuals.

Whilst we all live to ride our motorcycles and utilise the green road network, we cannot ignore our responsibilities.  Those that do must be held to account for the risk of harm their actions pose.

The thoughtless use of social media by a minority of individuals risks bringing trail riding into disrepute and compromising the relationships we have earned with the professional bodies that control its future.

Motorcycling, adventure and fraternity.

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