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Board Recruitment Pack – Non-Executive (Appointed) Director

  • Organisation: Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Closing Date: 30 July 2021 | Non Executive Director

About Us

The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities 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 do this by providing advice, support and guidance and by being the voice of the sector. Working with Government and has been enhanced by the recent success of the SRA and the UK Bid Team to bring the International Working Group on Women & Sport to the UK from 2022 - 2026. Policy makers and the media, we help grassroots sport and recreation grow and thrive. Having an active nation is important as it delivers huge benefits to society and the millions of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators.

Our new strategy Support. Recover. Achieve 2021 – 2025 was launched on 27 April 2021 and you can read more here.

Our Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values sit at the heart of our new strategy and provide the touchstone for everything we plan to do over the coming years.

Purpose: We believe everyone should benefit from the positive power of sport and recreation

This is the reason we exist – it is what motivates us.

Vision: We will be at the heart of a thriving sector enabling more people from all backgrounds to participate in sport and recreation

This is the difference we want to make to our members and the wider community when we follow our Purpose.

Mission: To be the go-to body for sport and recreation, providing the very best services, advice and advocacy

This is what we will do every day to make sure our Purpose delivers our Vision.

Values: We know that values are not just words – they matter.

When values are clear and aligned, people understand one another, everyone does the right things for the right reasons and this common purpose and understanding helps people build great working relationships.

Throughout the life of our new strategy, we will be guided by three simple values:

  • Support – We are supportive and show care and commitment to our members and our staff.
  • Relationships – We value long-lasting relationships with our members, partners and the wider sport and recreation community.
  • Collaboration – We are built on a great team which collaborates with others to harness collective energy and drive change.

These values will be at the heart of everything we do and how we treat each other. They provide an essential guide to the way that we will work, set the tone for our culture and identify what we, as a collective team, care about.   


We are committed to high standards of governance and apply and support The Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation as well as being compliant at Tier 3 with ‘A Code for Sports Governance’.

Our governance structure and policies allow us to maintain a strong board which works hard to build a sustainable organisation. Further details of our Board and framework can be found here.

Role Description 

Skills and Experience

This year, we are looking for two Appointed Directors who may have the skills and experience in at least one of the following areas. 

  • Finance
  • Income Generation and Sponsorship
  • Fundraising
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

And if you are excited about/can demonstrate:

  • Creative and strategic thinking that challenges/refines conventional ways the sector has operated;
  • Using your skills to constructively challenge group thinking and potential inhibiters to change at a national level;
  • Making a clear commitment to improving diversity and equality and understanding the needs of under-represented groups in sport and recreation;
  • The potential of the UK’s sport and recreation landscape to change lives for the better.

Previous Board experience is not necessary and we welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.


Key responsibilities (jointly with other Directors):

1          Ensuring that the organisation has a clear vision and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.

2          Being responsible for the overall performance of the organisation and for its culture and ethos,

3          Ensuring that the organisation complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.

4          Acting as a guardian of the organisation’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.

5          Ensuring that the organisation’s governance and probity is of the highest possible standard.


Person Specification

1          Have an understanding of, and commitment to, sport and/or physical recreation. 

2          Someone who can continue to develop and maintain the Alliance’s strategic focus and direct the organisation towards its future. 

3          Be able to make a commitment to the Alliance and devote the necessary time.

4          Have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind.

5          A clear commitment to improving diversity and equality and understanding the needs of under-represented groups in sport.

6          Have knowledge of good governance and commitment to highest standards.

Time and Commitment

You will be expected to join at least six Board meetings a year, which are usually held at the Alliance’s offices in Central London but during this time of Covid-19 might additionally be held by video [Zoom or Microsoft Teams].  In addition, we would encourage your attendance at several Alliance meetings and events and there may be a requirement for your attendance at Board sub-committees, depending on other roles and responsibilities you assume.

The role is voluntary and we will pay Directors’ travel expenses and provide a full induction to the organisation’s work. 

Term of Office

The appointment is for a four year-term which will start at the conclusion of the 2021 Annual General Meeting to be held on 22 September 2021.  One further four-year term can be served.


Your Application and the 2021 Recruitment Process

Please find below details of the selection process, to assist you in completing and tailoring your application:

You should submit. 

1       An up-to-date CV which shows your full career history – we recommend that this is no longer than two pages;

2       A supporting application form detailing how you meet the skills we are seeking – we recommend that this is no longer than two pages;

3       Please complete this confidential e-monitoring and evaluation form and Application Form 

3       Indicate if you cannot attend the interview date.

Please send your completed application form and CV to the Company Secretary, BY EMAIL to Kate Lawrenson     

Closing date – applications should be received by 12noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

You will receive an acknowledgement to your email and we suggest that if you don’t receive this you should contact Kate to confirm your application has been received.

All candidates’ CVs and application forms will be considered by the Nominations Committee who will then hold any interviews on Tuesday 10 August 2021

Members of the Nominations Committee are: Andrew Moss (Alliance Chairman), Tim Jones (Alliance Senior Independent Director), Patrick McMaster (Independent HR Consultant) and Cathryn Moses-Stone (Alliance Director).  

For more detailed information about the Alliance and a list of the current Directors, please visit our website at   For an informal discussion about the role of Director please contact the Chair, Andrew Moss on or via the Company Secretary.

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