How do I get involved?
If you're interested in volunteering for the IQA, keep an eye out in the next 2 weeks for volunteer positions to be open. We will be looking for heads of departments first, followed by other managers. We will also be selecting volunteers for the World Cup 2018 organizing team this summer.
You can also get involved through bidding to host the World Cup 2018. The bid package will also be out in the next 2 weeks, and we need a good variety of bids to host another excellent event!
How does the IQA work?
The IQA is made up of three main arms.
Congress is the gathering that’s representative of the member NGBs. Each member NGB has a specific number of representatives based on its size. Congress votes to make the most wide-reaching decisions and to approve certain actions, and also votes to elect the Board of Trustees.
The Trustees manage the risks of the IQA and select the Executive Director. They are responsible for agreeing to and ensuring adherence with guiding policy for the organization.
The Executive Director and operational branch of the IQA are responsible for creation of policy and for the day-to-day operations of the IQA. Volunteers within this branch are usually selected by their supervisor, and will generally be responsible for a specific type of work within a specific department.
Who are current volunteers?
The Board of Trustees is currently made up of Nicholas Oughtibridge (UK), Luke Nickholds (AUS/NZ), Alex Benepe (US), Andrew Marmer (US), Nicole Hammer (US), and Brian Gallaway (CAN).
The President of Congress is Brian Gallaway (CAN).
Volunteers at a management level or higher in the operational branch are:
Rebecca Alley, Executive Director
Marco Ziegaus, IQA Secretary
Pauline Raes, Referee Development Manager
Jero Campagnoli, Interim Translation Manager
We have other volunteers working in translation, web development, social media, and graphic design.
There are also currently temporary volunteers on the European Games tournament committee as temporary translation team members, and temporary copy editors.
What is the budget?
Our budget is still in progress and one of the first tasks for our new Finance Director will be to complete the budget. It will include items such as development funding, tournaments, and legal fees. In the absence of a budget and more detailed financial policy, the financial policy in place dictates that all expenses will be approved by the Board of Trustees.
What is the role of the trustees?
The Board of Trustees is elected by the NGBs' representatives in Congress each year at the Annual General Meeting. There are up to seven Trustees at any given time. Three are elected in odd years while four are elected in even years.
The Board of Trustees are responsible for managing the risk of the IQA and for ensuring it is protected legally, financially, and otherwise. They represent the interests of the NGBs in day-to-day management. They also bring substantial business, policy, and legal expertise to the IQA at an administrative level. In practice, tasks of the Board of Trustees may include:
Approval of the annual budget,
Approval of organization-wide policies,
Consultation with outside agencies or sport organizations,
Requesting reports on risk management procedures,
Amending the Constitution, and/or
Hiring the Executive Director.
At this point, the Board of Trustees meets every 2-6 weeks as needed and is working towards the incorporation of the IQA as a legal entity, recognition from the wider international sports community, strategic planning for the next 5 years, and management of risk created by Warner Bros' licensing requirements.
What is the role of the IQA?
The IQA is responsible for governing the sport at an international level. This includes the development of quidditch in new parts of the world, support and resources for NGBs, and the creation of international gameplay opportunities such as World Cup, European Games, or European Quidditch Cup. The IQA works in service of its members, the NGBs.
What is the legal position of the IQA?
The IQA is not yet a legally incorporated entity. At this point, the Trustees are personally liable for any errors or legal missteps from the organization. Some of the IQA's current funds will go towards payments for lawyers to support new plans for incorporation. The IQA has an organizational bank account located in Canada.
What is the relationship between the NGBs and the IQA?
NGBs are members of the IQA; therefore, they pay membership fees and send representatives to Congress in exchange for international play opportunities, resources, and assistance with expansion and funding where necessary.
Where will the IQA be in 1/3/5 year(s)?
The IQA will be bigger, better, more organized, and with more volunteers. The Trustees and executive will be working on a detailed 5-year plan that should be available by Fall 2017. The IQA looks forward to taking the information from our community survey and putting that to use in our strategic plan.
Do you get paid to work for the IQA?
Right now, everyone at the IQA is a volunteer, just like most other quidditch organizations. We hope to be able to hire staff in the future so we have one or more people who are able to dedicate more time and attention to the growth of the IQA.
How are activities prioritized and decisions taken?
For the past few months, activities and work to build a solid foundation has been prioritized. This is likely to continue into the short-term future at the very least, as we focus on activities to build the foundation of the IQA, enabling us to implement more complex and diverse development initiatives, events, etc. in the future.
How often are meetings?
Meetings of the Board of Trustees are currently every 2-6 weeks. Meetings of the NGB representatives (Congresses) are usually held every 6-12 months. Other meetings such as departmental meetings, committee meetings, or more casual discussions between working teams take place more often.
Who should I contact with questions?
Our website is a great place to start, and you may use the contact form on the website or send us a Facebook message!