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Chief Executive

  • Location: London
  • Organisation: Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Salary: A competitive package, depending on experience, including base salary, performance related bonus, pension, a generous holiday entitlement
  • Closing Date: 18 February 2019 | Board & Executive

Chief Executive

Salary: A competitive package, depending on experience, including base salary, performance related bonus, pension, a generous holiday entitlement

Location: London


The Chief Executive provides leadership and management to the Sport and Recreation Alliance and any other subsidiary bodies for which the Alliance is responsible, and will successfully deliver the ‘Heart of An Active Nation’ strategy agreed by the board. The CEO is accountable to the Chair and will:

  • Provide the Sport and Recreation Alliance (Alliance) and its staff; Act as an ambassador for the Alliance and to be the focus of the organisation both externally and internally. Develop value; through consulting with its members in order to establish how additional value can be achieved for all involved. Inspire and continue the development of transformation within the organisation alongside developing and expanding commercial value and potential revenue streams.
  • Develop an effective advocacy and policy strategy which has positive impact for our members and the wider sport and recreation sector.

Main Duties

  • Lead and develop the senior executive and management, ensuring that individuals perform to their full potential to meet the Alliance’s strategic objectives.
  • Provide leadership to the organisation and to be responsible for its management and administration within the strategic, policy and accountability frameworks laid down by the Board.
  • Drive, inspire and motivate staff and volunteers to create a high performing inclusive organisation, taking the lead in the executive on issues of equality and diversity.
  • Lead the implementation and subsequent reviews of the ‘Heart of an Active Nation’ strategy for the organisation in line with its objects, vision and ethos.
  • Make certain high quality internal controls and corporate governance, including financial controls, are in place to discharge the Alliance’s reporting and legal obligations and to ensure that the management structure, resources, infrastructure and systems are in place to provide cost effective operations.
  • Report regularly to the Board on progress against operational plans including the provision of clear, timely and accurate management information and advice to the Board to enable proper consideration of progress against plans.
  • Ensure that robust business, operational and/or delivery plans to underpin the strategy are developed, agreed and implemented.
  • Identify appropriate methods for monitoring the performance of the organisation and report back to the Board on the performance of the organisation against its strategy, its operational plans and budget.
  • Be responsible for the financial health of the organisation, including developing, overseeing and monitoring an effective programme of income generation and creating an environment of innovation and commercial opportunity for income generation.
  • Ensure that the major risks to which the Alliance is exposed are reviewed regularly by the Board and that systems are established to manage and mitigate these risks.
  • Maintain excellent communications throughout the organisation, its membership and externally to government and key stakeholders.
  • Develop the Alliance’s public profile and create good working relations with government, statutory, voluntary, public and private bodies and other external stakeholders.
  • Agree with the Chair a set of KPIs which will form the basis of performance management of the Chief Executive by the Chair on behalf of the Board

Person Specification

Part One: Knowledge and Experience

  • Graduate or graduate level.
  • Proven ability to establish a strategic vision for an organisation and to lead the organisational, management and cultural changes to realise that vision.
  • Experience of leading and developing senior executive teams to deliver against strategic aims and objectives and a track record of management within tight financial constraints.
  • Evidence of success in motivating people, brokering collaborative working relationships with a range of stakeholders, building relationships across the industry both national and internationally.
  • Evidence of involvement in business development and the building of successful commercial and financial relationships with third party partners.
  • Understanding of the media and experience of communications strategies, campaigns and plans.
  • Experience of representing a major organisation at senior level, and experience and awareness of policy creation.

Part Two: Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills, with proven ability to communicate and present complex ideas, issues, systems and procedures successfully, at all levels, to a variety of audiences.
  • A resilient, patient and diplomatic operator who will lead by example, with an open and dynamic leadership style.
  • An analytical, numerate and disciplined thinker who has the ability to think complex issues through and develop effective solutions in a timely manner.
  • Excellent inter-personal, motivational and team working skills, with a proven ability to form and work successfully in teams and partnerships.
  • A range of negotiating skills with the ability to command the trust and respect of, and influence and persuade, decision-makers at the highest level.
  • Ability to exercise effective judgment and decision making within constrained time-scales and resources.

Part Three:  Personal Attributes, Values and Behaviours

  • Positive, pro-active and dynamic
  • Inclusive and flexible, with a consultative approach to leadership
  • Committed to best practice
  • Open to innovation and continual improvement for the organisation, individuals and themselves
  • Approachable
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Creative thinker

Chief Executive Recruitment Pack

How to apply

The Chief Executive will be selected on the basis of a combination of a written application and interview. To apply for the role, please provide the following:

  • an up to date CV (maximum 3 pages);
  • a supporting statement that addresses all of the bulleted criteria set out in the Person Specification and tells us why you are interested in this role;
  • the names and contact details of two referees who we may contact after the shortlisting stage (please note that we will not take up these references without advising you first).

Please ensure that you complete the equalities monitoring questionnaire that automatically appears on the GatenbySanderson website as you complete your application with us online. This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.

Applications should be submitted via the GatenbySanderson website 

Please contact the GatenbySanderson team on 0207 426 3982 if you experience any difficulties when uploading your application.

The closing date for applications is Monday 18 February 2019 at 10am

If you would like an informal, confidential discussion about the appointment, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Mark Bate (0113 502 6288) or Joanna Thornton (0207 426 3972).

We are committed to supporting the principle that everyone should have the same opportunities for employment, development and progression. This should be based on their ability, competence and suitability for the role. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds. 

If you have a disability, please indicate in your application whether you need any specific assistance or adjustments to enable you to be interviewed.

Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date


Monday 18 February 2019 -10 am

Longlist Meeting

Thursday 21 February 2019


Preliminary Interviews (with GatenbySanderson)


Week commencing 25 February/ early w/c 4 March 2019

Shortlist Meeting


Thursday 7 March 2019


Final Panel Interviews


End of w/c 18 March 2019


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