Our current CEO, David Pond, has led wheelchair rugby with great success for the past decade and is now ready to hand the role over to someone who can lead it to even greater heights in the next stage of our development. As the end of this Paralympic cycle approaches, the Board is now looking for an exceptional individual to join us and steer the sport through to Paris 2024 and beyond.
The Board believes that this is a particularly exciting time for the sport. At the elite level, wheelchair rugby was of one of the biggest hits of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Since Rio, the GB team has been on an upward trajectory, is now ranked fourth in the world, and is well placed to challenge for our first Paralympic medal at the Tokyo Games in summer 2021.
At grassroots, the sport is thriving, with not only a growing number of clubs and members, but also with new disciplines now established offering the sport to a wider range of disability groups.
However, whilst the strength of our club system, success at generating sponsorship income and increasing numbers playing the sport are indicators of a healthy future, it is of course important not to be complacent. New developments bring new challenges, including the need to ensure we continually provide enjoyable and fulfilling experiences for all members, meeting ever-more stringent governance and safeguarding requirements, and generating enough income to sustain the future of our sport. There is still much to do!
Candidates should have a passion for sport and be willing to adopt a hands-on approach to leading a small organisation with finite resources, but which punches well above its weight in the British sporting arena. Above all, we are seeking a leader with the ability to inspire all of the different constituencies – from grassroots volunteers to elite players and coaches – that make up the wheelchair rugby community, as well as the various stakeholders whose financial and other support we rely on.
Can you provide strong leadership and direction to GB Wheelchair Rugby, and are you inspired by the possibilities that the role of CEO presents for both you and the sport?
For further details on the role, including the person specification, key responsibilities, and terms of appointment, please download the briefing pack.
The deadline for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 7 April 2021.