Jamaica Gleaner / Netball Jamaica (NJ) has been thrown into turmoil following the sudden resignation of first vice-president Jacqueline Robotham from her post. Robotham, who has been on NJ’s board for just over a year, handed in her resignation to the organisation’s president, Dr Paula Daley-Morris, last Friday.
Robotham told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that she decided to quit the post because she is unable to fulfil her commitments with the association.
“It is for personal reasons,” said Robotham. “I am not able at this time to fulfil my duties with the association.”
Robotham’s resignation brings the number to seven persons who have resigned from NJ’s board since Daley-Morris took over the presidency of the association from Marva Bernard in November 2015.
However, efforts to get a comment from Daley-Morris proved futile as calls to her mobile phone went unanswered yesterday.
Nevertheless, Kadean Holness, a former board member, who resigned after serving one year with the association, described Robotham’s resignation as a major blow to the Daley-Morris-led administration.
“It is sad because these persons have done well for netball, and can do a lot for netball, and you want good people to be a part of the board,” she said.
Other high-ranking officials to have resigned since Daley-Morris took charge were Nola Philpotts-Brown (first VP), treasurer Atasha Bernard and board members Annemarie Stewart, Karen Anderson, and Karen Rosen.
“It is bad because you cannot have some of the best persons resigning from an association that needs help because this does no good for the president either because it must be a reason why so many persons are leaving,” Holness added.
She also shared that she decided to resign from the board because of the president’s style of management.
“The reason for me to resign is the fact that I could not get clarity on a lot of information that I wanted, and sometimes when you do speak inside of board meetings, you are shut down by the president,” said Holness.
“This cannot be because persons should be able to express themselves as a board meeting is about agreeing and disagreeing on certain things that are being presented, so if you are not in agreement sometimes, you are shut down and you feel you are not contributing,” she said.
She added: “I have never heard of persons resigning from the previous administration because I was a part of the previous administration and persons were able to air their views, persons were able to debate and state their points and views when we were in meetings.”