Independent Chair - British Gymnastics

Independent Chair

British Gymnastics is the governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the UK. It exists to support, lead and inspire all those involved or interested in gymnastics and provide a national direction and structure for the sport; delivering a range of opportunities across the age spectrum to take part and stay in gymnastics, as well as developing talent and delivering top-level success. It unifies the 4 Home Countries, the Isle of Man, 10 English Regions, over 1500 affiliated Gymnastics clubs, over 8,500 active coaches, over 400,000 participants and a large number of dedicated volunteers across the UK.

British Gymnastics has seen positive development in its key areas of focus, with rising participation, a growing membership and outstanding medal winning success for the British teams at major championships. It receives funding from UK Sport and Sport England but has also been able to diversify its income to good effect. Current turnover is circa £19 million with approximately 30% of this from governing funding (UK Sport, Sport England).

With sound investment in the sport being made, the organisation is moving further towards a position of strength and sustainability and there is an exciting journey of continued investment and development ahead.

After eight successful years, having served the maximum 2 x 4 year terms, the current Chair is stepping down and we are now looking for a new Chair to lead the organisation through its next phase of development.

Key responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Strategic responsibility for British Gymnastics in conjunction with the Board
  • Ensuring that the Board continues to operate in line with the Code for Sports Governance and demonstrates the highest standards of integrity
  • Maintaining positive relationships with major external stakeholders, including UK Sport and Sport England, as well as fostering international relations and influence with relevant federations
  • Chairing the Board meetings, creating a culture of openness and collaboration, bringing out the views from fellow Board members
  • Providing advice and guidance on relevant matters to the CEO

Candidates will be able to demonstrate a strong track record of Board experience and an understanding of good governance. You will be a natural leader who inspires exceptional performance, whilst adopting a collaborative approach. The ideal candidate is someone who will take time to understand the organisation, can reflect and then provide strategic oversight. The successful candidate does not need to have had experience in the sport sector, although a passion for sport in general would be expected. A candidate possessing strong commercial acumen and experience is desirable.

There is a payment for the position of £10,000 per annum. There are normally four Board meetings a year. Further details regarding the time commitment can be provided/discussed. The term is for four years, with a maximum of two terms possible.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]