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Director of Policy, Governance and Finance

  • Location: London
  • Organisation: Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Closing Date: 08 December 2019 | Policy


Director of Policy, Governance and Finance

London, Holborn

Salary in the region of £70,000

About Us

The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities together. Together with our members and in partnership with the wider sector, we make the most of opportunities and tackle the areas that provide a challenge.

We provide advice, support and guidance to our members and the sector, who represent traditional governing bodies of games and sport, active partnerships, outdoor recreation, water pursuits, and movement and dance exercise. As the voice of the sector, we work with government, policy makers and the media to make sure grassroots sport and recreation grows and thrives. Having an active nation is important as it delivers huge benefits to society and the millions of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators.

‘A great place to work – one of the best things about working at the Sport and Recreation Alliance is the people. Everyone is so passionate and plays a part in helping achieve our strategy. They’re all really friendly and there are lots of opportunities to develop, volunteer, meet new people and socialise’.

We offer a very generous range of benefits including: pension, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, employee assistance programme, gym contributions, private healthcare, volunteering days and generous holiday entitlement. We are based in newly refurbished offices in the heart of London and adopt a flexible approach to working patterns. Come and work with us, we are nice! Staff were asked at our recent staff survey to describe the organisation. The top five responses were: friendly, fun, caring, supportive and welcoming.


About you



We are looking for a Director of Policy, Governance and Finance who has an appetite to tackle some of the big policy challenges facing the sport and recreation sector and to support our members to become fit for the future. They will also be responsible for the smooth running of the financial, business development and corporate services of the Alliance and their remit will be to ensure those areas provide the strongest possible support to the organisation’s long term plans.

This will be a busy and varied role and represents a really good chance to make your mark. The environment is very positive and fun as you would expect in a sporting organisation, but we work hard.

As a member of our team, you’ll be doing everything you can to help deliver our strategy, lead the Alliance’s approach to income generation, lead the Alliance’s proactive and reactive policy work, lead the strategic development of governance support and services to our members. With the CEO, you will be leading the Alliance’s drive to position itself center stage as the thought leader for sport and recreation. You will also be contributing to the achievement of the Alliance’s business objectives by providing advice and guidance on financial strategy and overseeing the delivery of corporate services, ensuring the Alliance has processes, tools and a management culture that motivates and retains staff.

And we’ll be doing everything we can to support you every step of the way. We’re committed to helping all of our staff develop their skills and reach their full potential. From face-to face training to networking and volunteering – you’ll have all the opportunities you need to make the right moves for you.

Please refer to the job description to see the main tasks and responsibilities. Meet the team at:

How to apply

For full details of the position see  Job Description and Application Form form, please visit

To apply, please send a completed application form and a covering letter outlining why you want the role and how you meet the role specifications to or write to HR, Sport and Recreation Alliance, 5th Floor, Holborn Tower, 137-144 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6PL. For an informal discussion about the role please email Lisa Wainwright, Chief Executive at:

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 8th December. Interviews will be held on Friday 20th December. 

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is committed to equal opportunities for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnerships. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is keen to further increase the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Please complete Equality and Diversity form

Prior to completing and submitting an application, please refer to our privacy notices on our website.

Recruitment Agencies - Please note we are only looking at direct sourcing for this role and if this were to change, we will contact our preferred agencies directly. Due to the volume of approaches we are receiving, we kindly ask that you refrain from inquiring about this role.

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