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Chair – Women in Sport

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Posted by Women in Sport on Thursday, June 22, 2017

About Women in Sport

Women in Sport is the leading charity advancing gender equality through and within sport: empowering women and girls through sport and transforming the sport sector. We do this to achieve our vision of a society where gender equality exists in every sphere.

We are looking for a Chair join our Board and support us in delivering our mission. We are seeking people who share our ambition and values and who want to volunteer their time, knowledge and skills to make a difference to society. We value a diversity of experiences of sport, so whatever your interest we’d be delighted to hear from you. Join us and be part of this exciting new era for women’s sport.

We’re committed to equality and operate within a culture and structure that recognises diversity and strives to be fair.  We live by our values of Fairness, Insight-led, Collaborative and Challenging, (details on our website). We’re a small team, but we’re doing big things. Advancing gender equality through and within sport isn’t easy, but we’re committed to making the biggest difference we can. If you want to help us achieve our vision, we’d love to hear from you.


Responsibility of all Trustees

  • Developing, supporting and furthering Women in Sport’s Vision, Mission, Goals, Values and activities in line with its charitable purpose
  • Being a positive ambassador for Women in Sport
  • Ensuring Women in Sport is fulfilling its obligation as a charity to undertake, and only undertake, work for the public good
  • Speaking out for the interests of, and on behalf of, women and girls in relation to sport
  • In partnership with the other Board members, holding the CEO to account for the running of the charity and providing support to the CEO and staff
  • Being the custodian of the charity with legal responsibility to act in accordance with the Memorandum of Association and always in the best interests of the charity
  • Ensuring there is good financial management and the charity is acting within the law
  • In partnership with the other Board members, determining the business strategy and financial/business plan for the charity
  • Preparing for and attending board meetings and relevant sub-committee meetings (where membership of a sub-committee is included in the role).
  • Attending at least one Women in Sport event per year
  • Participating actively in one or more fundraising activities per year and willing to use personal and professional contacts and networks to further the goals of the charity and to assist in fundraising, including asking for financial support
  • Using personal and professional knowledge, expertise and time to support the charity, its staff, volunteers and
  • Staying informed about what’s going on in the organisation and beneficiaries
  • Working in good faith with staff and other board members as partners toward achievement of the Charity’s goals

N.B. Trustees are required to excuse themselves from discussions and votes where they have a conflict of interest.

Term of Office

The term of office is four years. Trustees can stand for re-election to the Board for an additional one term. After two terms (eight years) there is provision, in certain circumstances, to extend for one further year. This makes the maximum term of office nine years and most trustees take on the role for either four or eight years.

We would expect attendance at all five Board meetings and one strategy day per year. If you miss more than one meeting in a rolling 12-month period we would need to discuss your ongoing availability and commitment with you. Anyone who misses three meetings in a rolling 12-month period is automatically retired from the Board.

We would expect the same level of attendance at any sub-committees you are part of.

The Chair must also meet regularly with the Chief Executive, setting her objectives, monitoring her performance and providing ongoing counsel and support. These meetings should be around 6 to 8 weeks apart.

We hope that Trustees are able to also attend and engage in a number of our events. We ask that you commit to attendance at a minimum of one Women in Sport event per year; this could be a Women’s Sport Network event, one of our workshops, an insight learning event or a fundraising event. Events take place around the country.

The Chair is an ambassador for the Charity and from time to take needs to undertake media and other speaking engagements.

We estimate the time required to be the equivalent to 2 days per month.

In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the following responsibilities, skills and experience are required:

Additional Responsibilities of the Chair

  • Provide overall leadership in governance and strategic vision, ensuring all Board Members contribute actively
  • Work together with the Board to ensure that appropriate long term strategies are in place and, together with the Chief Executive, to monitor the progress against those strategies
  • Develop and maintain critical key relationships with the various partners. These include: Government, Sport England, UK Sport, Sport and Recreation Alliance, and other sports and educational organisations
  • Ensure the financial security of the organisation. Act as a promoter of fundraising and corporate partnership activities for Women in Sport both locally and nationally
  • Promote the work of the Women in Sport to the public at large, and to Government, business, the media and other interested organisations
  • Ensure the Board has and uses the skills and experience required for effective governance of the charity
  • Ensure the charity acts in accordance with governance best practice and that required by key funders
  • Review and appraise the performance of the CEO and Trustees regularly
  • Act as a “critical friend” to the Chief Executive, supporting and challenging their decisions
  • Look to the wellbeing of the organisation and the staff of Women in Sport. Promote good working relations amongst Trustees, and between trustees and the Executive team

Skills and Experience

  • Strong motivational leader, an expert who builds confidence, buy-in and follwership
  • Understanding of governance and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Board membership and charitable trusteeship
  • Strong strategic thinking capabilities
  • Experience in chairing meetings at an executive or non-executive level
  • Experience as a non-executive director or similar
  • Strong intellect and business acumen
  • First class communication and relationship skills, capable of developing good and constructive relationships with key partners
  • Politically sensitive and well networked. Influential with politicians, senior civil servants, and potential commercial partners
  • Understanding of how organisations can achieve social change and demonstrate their achievements
  • Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, sport and a willingness to devote time, energy and effort to taking Women in Sport to the next level
  • A passion for the progression of women’s sport, and commitment to the aims, ethos and values of the charity

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