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Non Executive Director Finance

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Organisation: Association of British Climbing Walls
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing Date: 23 February 2019 | Non Executive Director

Non Executive Director Finance

Salary Voluntary - expenses are covered

Location Most quarterly board meetings happen in Birmingham. Attendance at our Annual Conference (Sheffield or Manchester) is essential.

Who is the ABC?

The ABC is the trade body for indoor climbing walls in the UK. We are a company limited by guarantee and have been trading since 1995. The ABC was initially set up to establish standards and to promote the safe operation of climbing walls, when the industry was in its infancy.

Over the past 2 years we have undertaken a strategic review, appointed a CEO, a Head of Membership Services and a Head of Marketing. The strategic review means that we are now working for the health, professionalism and growth of the industry.

We have around 175 climbing wall members and a growing number of associate members from suppliers to the industry.

The ABC is governed by a Board of Directors and we operate under a constitution that was amended last year by a firm of lawyers backed, by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Our own market research indicates that in 2017 1 million individuals made more than 6 million visits to indoor climbing walls in the UK. This is growing at a rate of approximately 15% per year with both new visitors and new facilities. Indoor climbing will be an Olympic Sport in 2020 and we hope beyond. All this means we are at a very exciting time in the industry’s growth.

Challenges for the ABC

Historically the income of the ABC has been limited to fees from members. We have built up reserves. With our new strategic direction, we now want to do more work on the growth and professionalism elements of our strategy.

The ABC will soon launch a product to individual climbers - business to consumers – a Passport that will enable easier access to a wider range of indoor walls. We have got funds from Sport England to help us develop this product and have a launch date in the Spring of 2019. We are well advanced with the technology side of the offer and are confident that there is a substantial market for the passport.

The role

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the Board as we grow our influence and our financial base.

We are looking for someone who has a good understanding of the climbing wall world and can contribute to strategic decisions with a clear finance focus. We want someone who can help us to develop our capacity for modelling and making quality data driven decisions.

Along with your board contribution, we would like a Non-Exec who can oversee all aspects of financial governance.

Key responsibilities

  • Attend board meetings and contribute to strategic thinking and decision making on how the ABC can support the health, professionalism and growth of the industry.
  • Support decision making about the management of our finances as this grow with both our Climbing Passport offer and other income generating activity.
  • Ensure our financial governance is effective.
  • Work with the CEO and Chair to ensure that Management Information and financial transparency meet best practice standards.


As a board, we recognise a lack of diversity and wish to improve this.


3 years with the opportunity to extend for a further 3 years.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a 1 page covering letter outlining your experience and reasons for your interest in this role to Rich Emerson, If you would like to have a conversation first with Rich, please drop him an email with your contact details and he will give you a call back.

Closing date for applications is 23 February 2019

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