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Non-Executive Chair

  • Location: West Midlands
  • Organisation: UK Athletics
  • Salary: £35,000 per annum
  • Contract: Four year term
  • Closing Date: 06 September 2021 | Non Executive Director

Athletics is where it all begins. Learning to run, jump, push and throw is the foundation for a lifetime of activity. From playground to podium our sport offers everybody, irrespective of size, shape, cultural background or disability, the opportunity to achieve great things and to live a healthier and happier life. Athletics is the number one Olympic and Paralympic sport and one of the world’s few truly global sports, with over 200 countries participating at the last World Athletics Championships.

The long-term strategy for the sport is owned equally by UK Athletics (UKA) and the four Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs). In November 2020, UKA and the HCAFs collectively issued a new strategy, Athletics Unified, representing a new era of collaboration. UKA is the National Governing Body for Athletics in the UK. Our four primary roles are: governance of the sport, developing athletes, coaches and officials to achieve success on the world stage, securing commercial income to fund the sport and staging world class events. UKA is seeking a new Chair to lead the organisation.

The Role: Key Responsibilities

  • Working in partnership with the HCAFs to oversee the delivery of the Athletics Unified Strategy.
  • Leading the Board to oversee the delivery of the UKA Plan.
  • Developing a Board culture that is open, collaborative and drives behaviours consistent with UKA’s values.
  • Overseeing the decision-making processes on major strategic, commercial and governance issues.
  • Overseeing UKA’s accountability to UK Sport, Sport England, sponsors and commercial partners.
  • Overseeing the delivery of the World Class Performance Programme and the associated targets for success on the world stage.
  • Ensuring UKA has robust and clear governance processes, fully aligned with the HCAFs and understood by the sport.
  • Leading the development of the Board, ensuring composition meets the skills matrix and complies with the Code for Sports Governance.

The Candidate: Essential Skills

  • Previous experience as a Chair, CEO or other senior equivalent.
  • Knowledge and an understanding of sport (athletics desirable), particularly governance structures and sporting regulation.
  • Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of commercial partnerships and sponsorship arrangements.
  • Knowledge of corporate governance and board responsibilities, including the Code for Sports Governance.
  • Demonstrable track record in guiding and appraising senior executives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, communication and influencing skills.
  • A collaborative leader with a high level of emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrable integrity and commitment to ethical standards.

For further details on the role please select the apply now option on this page. 

The application process requires: an uploaded copy of your CV, a maximum 300 word summary of why you wish to apply for the role and why you consider you have the knowledge and experience to excel in the role, and completion of the UKA Board skills matrix. Please note this is the matrix for the UKA Board as a whole and we are not expecting candidates to have experience in all areas. This is so we can see how your skills and experience fit with those of the current Board. The application can be saved and does not need to be completed in one go. 

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 6 September, although early application is encouraged. First interviews will be held in person on Thursday 16 September and second interviews on Tuesday 21 September in London. Interested applicants need to hold both dates.

UKA encourages job applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

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