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Independent Chair

  • Location: South East
  • Organisation: British Shooting
  • Salary: An honorarium of up to £7,500 per annum is available and all reasonable expenses are reimbursed
  • Contract: 4 years
  • Closing Date: 12 April 2021 | Non Executive Director


The British Shooting Board is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that British Shooting and the Board operate within the limits of their powers and responsibilities as defined by the Articles of Association;
  • Setting the values and standards of British Shooting and ensuring that the culture of the organisation reflects those values and standards;
  • Overseeing an effective and productive working relationship with UK Sport, Sport England, and any other funding bodies;
  • Setting and reviewing the vision, mission, strategic aims and objectives of British Shooting;
  • Developing a corporate strategy and a long term financial plan to deliver its strategic aims and objectives;
  • Ensuring it receives and reviews regular financial information concerning the management of British Shooting;
  • Ensuring that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds are complied with;
  • Identifying any significant changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of British Shooting or on the attainability of its targets, and determining steps to deal with such changes; •
  • Defining the appetite for risk and the framework within which the Board and the Executive team operate; 
  • Demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times;
  • Maintaining oversight of key rules and policies;
  • Engaging with stakeholders and consulting with them, where appropriate;
  • Ensuring that the interests of the sport and of British Shooting are represented externally as required and identifying opportunities for coordination and cooperation with other bodies to further British Shooting aims;
  • Appointing/managing a Chief Executive;
  • Providing a support and challenge function to the Executive team as appropriate. 


The Independent Chair has the following specific duties:

  • Chair the Board and general meetings of British Shooting [and meetings of the Nomination Committee];
  • Develop strong and effective working relationships with the Chief Executive and Performance Director to provide a robust ‘spine’ to the organisation;
  • Set the Board’s agenda (primarily focused on strategy, performance and accountability) and ensure that adequate time is available for discussion of all agenda items, in particular strategic issues;
  • Set clear expectations concerning British Shooting’s culture, values and behaviours and the style and tone of Board discussions;
  • Ensure that the Board determines the nature and extent of the significant risks that British Shooting is willing to embrace in implementing its strategy;
  • Ensure that the Board has effective decision-making processes and applies sufficient challenge to major proposals;
  • Ensure that Board committees are properly structured with appropriate terms of reference;
  • Encourage all Board members to engage in Board and committee meetings by drawing on their skills, experience, knowledge and, where appropriate, independence;
  • Consult the Senior Independent Director on Board matters in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code;
  • Demonstrate ethical leadership and promote the highest standards of integrity, probity and corporate governance throughout British Shooting and particularly at Board level;
  • Ensure that the Board receives accurate, timely and clear information;
  • Ensure effective communication with members and other stakeholders
  • Promote a culture of mutual respect, openness and debate by facilitating the effective contribution of non-executive directors in particular and ensuring constructive relations between executive and non-executive directors;
  • Ensure that the new directors participate in a full, formal and tailored induction programme;
  • Regularly review and agree with each director their training and development needs;
  • Ensure that the performance of the Board, its committees and individual directors is evaluated at least once a year and act on the results of such evaluation; and
  • Participate in an annual performance review with the Senior Independent Director and be aware of and respond to your own development needs;
  • Represent British Shooting with key stakeholders across the sporting, political and international arenas. 


Time Commitment

The expected time commitment will be on average 2-4 days per month to include attendance at Board meetings and committee meetings as required and other activities relevant to British Shooting.

Timing of the Appointment

We hope that the successful candidate will be able to participate in a full handover including attending a Board meeting in June in an observational capacity before taking up the role from October 2021.


Currently all meetings are virtual, but once restrictions are removed, Board meetings will typically be held in Bisham Abbey or Bisley, and some national and international travel may be required. Reasonable adjustments will be made for the successful candidate where required.


An honorarium of up to £7,500 per annum is available and all reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Period of Appointment

The appointment will be made initially for a period of 4 years, subject to satisfactory appraisal.


A CV and covering letter should be sent by email to The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 12 April. If you would like to discuss the appointment further, please contact Tom Harlow on and please advise Tom if you have any special requirements to attend an interview. Interviews with the British Shooting Nominations Committee will take place in April / May 2021. 

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