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Non Executive Director

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Organisation: English Institute of Sport
  • Salary: £218 fees per meeting and expenses
  • Closing Date: 28 July 2019 | Non Executive Director

Non Executive Director

Salary: £218 fees per meeting and expenses

Location: Nationwide


At the English Institute of Sport (EIS) we think of ourselves as the team behind the team and deliver a range of performance-impacting sport science, sport medicine and technology services to over 40 Olympic and Paralympic sports, along with a select number of non-Olympic sports.

The EIS provides support for many of Great Britain’s most successful athletes, having worked with 93% of the athletes and 31 of the 34 sports that won a medal for Team GB and Paralympics GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

EIS is also making a significant contribution to the creation of a stronger more sustainable high-performance system, sharing knowledge and best practice across sports and continuously developing practitioners.

The EIS is led by the National Director, Nigel Walker OBE, and employs approximately 360 staff across the EIS network. The EIS Board, chaired by John Steele, provides overall strategic direction to the EIS and is currently made up of six non-executive members, two EIS executive members and two UK Sport (UKS) executive members, with a mix of technical and business skills and sports experience.

The Board is also supported by a Science and Ethics Committee, a Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a UKS/EIS Group Audit Committee. Each of these sub committees is either chaired or attended by a representative of the EIS Board.

Board Directors Role

The Role of Non-Executive Directors of the EIS Board is to:

  • Ensure that the EIS fulfils its current responsibilities as defined in the following documents:
    • Articles of Association
    • Management and Financial Memorandum
    • UK Sport Funding Agreement
  • Deliver, and monitor progress against, the organisation’s strategic objectives and KPIs.
  • Monitor and manage strategic risk.
  • Oversee the governance of the organisation, including ensuring appropriate organisational policies and procedures are in place.
  • Ensure the organisation operates within budget and that sound financial management is in place.
  • Influence strategic stakeholders and ensure the EIS is promoted effectively.

Board members may also be asked to carry out other duties, such as involvement with sub-committees, by agreement with the Chair. We are committed to supporting diversity of background and thought on our Board as we do across the whole of the EIS.

Current Vacancy

Two vacancies have arisen for non-executive appointment to the Board with specific experience of having worked at senior levels in either the UK or Home Nations high performance sport environment. With the upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, Winter and Commonwealth Games in 2022, it is critical that the EIS is able to set and deliver its strategy with the strong input of people working directly in Sports or the Bodies accountable for delivery at games time. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the EIS as it strives to be the world leading sports institute.

This role will be expected to provide guidance to the senior leadership of the EIS in developing future focused strategies in engaging and creating successful partnerships across the high-performance sport system.

Skills/experience required:

  • Experience of working in a high performing organisation in sport.
  • Experience of leading and driving a strategic approach in an organisation.
  • Ability to strategically influence others, with experience of operating and/or contributing at board level within an organisation.
  • An understanding of the governance requirements of a public sector funded organisation preferred.
  • An appreciation of the environment of elite sport at, and in the build up to,major events.


    • Board meetings are held 4-6 times per year and the successful candidate will be required to attend these. Meetings are normally held at our offices in central London but may occasionally be held at EIS sites across the country
    • Where a Board member has additional duties (such as chairing a sub-committee) there will be additional time commitments
    • An attendance fee is payable to Board members at a rate of £218 per day. In addition, reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed
    • The appointment would be for an initial term of four years.

Application and Selection process:

Please apply by submitting a copy of your CV and a covering letter outlining why you believe you are the person for this role.

Interviews will take place on during weeks commencing 22nd July and 29th July 2019 at the EIS Central London office, 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3HF. Please advise in your covering letter if there are any dates during this fortnight you would be unable to attend an interview.

Closing date for applications is 28 July 2019 at 09:00am

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