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Chair of BUCS Board

  • Location: London
  • Organisation: British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)
  • Salary: Expenses Paid
  • Closing Date: 31 May 2019 | Non Executive Director

Chair of BUCS Board

Salary: Expenses Paid

Location: BUCS head office is located in Southwark, London and most Board meetings would take place at this location.  Other meetings and events take place around Britain, usually at member institutions. 

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the governing body for sport in higher education. A membership organisation, and a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, BUCS is currently celebrating the centenary of university sport and is in the middle of its current strategy with the mission of delivering ‘The best university sport experience in the world’.

The current Chair, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, has led the organisation since 2014 and will complete his final term in December 2019.  BUCS Board now wishes to begin the process of recruiting his successor.

The new Chair, who will take up the role in December 2019, will lead the organisation to continue achieving the vision of a world class higher education sport and physical activity experience, creating the most engaged university communities in the world.  BUCS has recently embarked on an ambitious programme of modernising its digital presence to take it forward into the next decade, as well as carrying out a thorough review of all its sporting programmes to ensure best value for students and institutions.  These are exciting, as well as challenging, times for HE sport.  BUCS current strategy runs until 2021 and BUCS is seeking an ambitious and knowledgeable Chair to lead it through its strategic development over the next three years and beyond.    


The Chair will provide leadership and direction to the Chief Executive and Board in accordance with the Articles of BUCS, and charitable governance requirements. A full job description and person specification is available here.

Term: The position is for a term of 3 years.  At the end of this term the incumbent may wish to offer themselves for a further 3 year term.  The maximum length of service is three terms of 3 years. 

Time commitment: around 20 days per annum (this includes 4 Board meetings per annum, a Board & Staff Engagement day, BUCS AGM, BUCS Annual Conference, ad hoc meetings, reading time and various professional development and sport events)

Application Process

Candidates should submit a CV and cover letter outlining their skills, experience and suitability for the role to the Company Secretary, Claire Livesey, by email to

As Chair of a charitable organisation certain criteria must be adhered to.  All applicants should ensure they are eligible to serve as a trustee of a charity.

Please provide 2 referees who may be contacted with your permission. This may occur prior to interview, but not without permission of the candidate.

Applications will be assessed against the stated criteria by the Nominations Committee, and a shortlist will be invited for interview.  

Closing date for applications is Friday 31 May 2019

The proposed interview date is Thursday 20 June 2019. Interviews are likely to be held in central London.

Data Protection statement

Any personal data submitted to BUCS in the course of this recruitment process will be held securely and processed solely for the purposes of recruitment. It will be held for the duration of the recruitment process, and if appointed to the role, for the duration of the appointment and to fulfil the statutory, or recommended, retention periods when no longer a member of British Universities and Colleges Sport Board.  BUCS will comply with data protection legislation at all times and in line with BUCS Privacy Policy.

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