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Independent Member - IWG UK Steering Committee

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Organisation: International Working Group for Women & Sport
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing Date: 08 July 2022 | Board & Executive

About the International Working Group on Women & Sport

The International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport is the world’s largest network dedicated to ‘empowering women and girls and advancing sport and physical activity’.

We do this by advocating for change amongst key global stakeholders, celebrating success and sharing learning through our global Insight hub. Fully aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the IWG developed the Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women & Sport, a roadmap to support the ongoing development of a more fair and equitable system of sport and physical activity, fully inclusive of women and girls.

The IWG is governed by a global board known as the Global Executive. A bidding process is used to identify the Global Secretariat which will be hosted by the United Kingdom in 2022-26 along with the 9th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport 2026. Funding has been secured for the delivery of the Secretariat 2022-26 from UK Sport, Sport England, sportscotland and Sport Wales. The Sport & Recreation Alliance is the accountable organisation and employer of the Global Secretariat Team. Day-today governance to be delegated to a sub-committee of the Board, the UK Steering Committee, chaired by Annamarie Phelps CBE.

The Role

The Board of the Sport & Recreation Alliance wishes to appoint four independent members to the IWG UK Steering Committee.

The Committee comprises:

  • The UK IWG Chair – Annamarie Phelps CBE.
  • Three representatives from the Sport & Recreation Alliance Board.
  • Four independent members selected on a skills, experience, and diversity matrix.
  • Two senior representatives of the major funders (UK Sport & Sport England).

Primary activities for the UK Steering Committee

  • Oversight for the delivery of the IWG Secretariat 2022-26.
  • Oversee, in partnership with the IWG Global Executive, the creation and implementation of the IWG Strategic Plan 2022-26
  • Advocate the work of the IWG and build strong relationships with the IWG Global Executive, domestic and global partners.
  • Responsibility for the financial management of the IWG UK within the budgets agreed with the Alliance Board and in accordance with the delegated financial authority set out by the Alliance Board.
  • Provide advice to the Alliance Board on matters relating to the strategic direction of IWG UK. 

Essential Criteria for the Role

Candidates to these roles will be able to demonstrate many of the following qualities to a high standard:

  • Ability to provide oversight of and support for the creation and implementation of the IWG Strategic Plan 2022-26
  • Strong personal commitment to the vision and mission of the IWG UK Secretariat.
  • An understanding of the role of Non-Executive Directors to both challenge and support.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate specific expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Demonstrable commitment to, and understanding of, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Experience of working with brands to deliver social impact through partnerships.
  • Experience and understanding of international development issues including social, sport and economic development.
  • Using communications and advocacy campaigns to change organisational and individual behaviours.
  • Experience and understanding of policy development and implementation.
  • Understanding of the sport and physical activity sectors, for example, gained as an athlete, volunteer or administrator.

Time Commitment

Members will be expected to attend at least four meetings per year. Meetings may be face to face at the Alliance office (or partner venues across the UK), virtual or hybrid. In addition, there will be the opportunity to attend a small number of events to promote the work of the IWG.

Term of Appointment

Appointments will be made for a maximum of five years.


This is a voluntary position with reasonable expenses being paid.

Code of Conduct & Declaration of Interests

All members of the Committee shall abide by the Alliance’s Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies. Having a conflict of interest does not necessarily bar you from being a Committee member, but all members will be asked to declare such interests and keep their information up to date.

Applying for the Role

To apply please send:

  • Your CV.
  • A covering letter (no more than two sides A4) setting out how you meet the criteria with examples.

Please send your cover letter and CV to Kate Lawrenson marked private and confidential.

Download the recruitment pack here

Interviews will be held on either Monday 18 July AM, or Thursday 21 July PM

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is committed to equal opportunities 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 and socio-economic status. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is keen to further increase the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We would welcome applicants completing a voluntary equality and diversity monitoring e-form at the following link. This process is not part of the assessment process, but it is to help us monitor the equity of our recruitment process.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance will be the controller of your data, in full compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018. For further details please see our full privacy policy here. If you would like to access this pack or complete your application in an alternative format, please contact Kate Lawrenson


Candidates will be given the option of attending in person or via Teams/Zoom.

Further information can be obtained from the following websites:

If you have any questions about the role or the appointments process, please contact Lisa O’Keefe.

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