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Trustee and chair of governance and finance committee

  • Location: London
  • Organisation: Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby
  • Salary: The role is non-remunerated. Reasonable expenses incurred on official GBWR business will be reimbursed according to the GBWR expense policy.
  • Contract: Part Time, three year contract
  • Closing Date: 01 August 2024 | Board & Executive

About Us

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) is the national governing body for the game of wheelchair rugby in England, Scotland, and Wales, is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, and is a full member of World Wheelchair Rugby (WWR) and of the British Paralympic Association (BPA).

In the last ten years, GBWR has grown the paralympic discipline of the sport from a domestic league with a single division comprised of seven teams, to one which now has three leagues providing competition opportunities for 22 teams. The domestic league is internationally recognised for its high level of competition, where it regularly sees international players from Europe joining domestic teams and strengthening the level of competition.

In the last five years, GBWR has developed a new discipline of the game aimed at attracting those with greater functionality than the Paralympic discipline permits. Wheelchair rugby fives allows us to reach more people with wheelchair rugby. Although in its infancy, the discipline has proved popular with new teams developing across the country, and more recently has seen international growth through WWR. With the development of wheelchair rugby fives and the Paralympic discipline, GBWR has grown and now supports 35 clubs across England, Scotland, and Wales.

About the Role

The board is now looking to appoint a new trustee to join us and help steer the sport through to the LA28 Paralympic Games and beyond. This follows the departure of our longest-serving board member at the end of her third term, and the current GFC chair stepping into her role of senior independent director. This new appointee will have responsibility at board level for matters relating to finance and governance.


In addition to the duties and responsibilities imposed on all charity trustees by charity and company law:

  • Chair the GFC  
  • Report to the board of trustees and to the GFC on all matters relating to the oversight of GBWR’s financial performance and position (actual and against budget), preparation and agreement of annual budget, developments in financial reporting, and elements of governance which relate to the role  
  • Liaise with the CEO, head of business operations, outsourced financial services provider, and external auditor in respect of all the above  
  • Supervise preparation of the annual report and financial statements for the GBWR group of companies, where the charity is the parent company of a trading subsidiary which is being wound down with a view to being made dormant in financial year 2025/26  
  • Act as a signatory, alongside the chair of the board, on the annual statutory accounts  
  • Ensure that high standards of governance, robust internal control systems, and risk management procedures are maintained and regularly reviewed, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements  
  • Participate as a signatory in procedures for incurring expenditure and authorising payments to suppliers in accordance with established tiers of responsibility  
  • Support and challenge the CEO and the senior leadership team as necessary and appropriate  
  • Meet with the CEO and chair of the board as and when require

Further Information

The closing date for applications is Friday, 2 August 2024.  

In order to shortlist, the nominations committee of GBWR will assess each application against the person specification and select who to invite for interview.   Candidates will be notified that they have been shortlisted for interview by email no later than Friday, 16 August 2024. 

 Further details about the date(s) and format of the interview will be provided to shortlisted candidates.   References will be taken up for the successful candidate.  

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please email to arrange for the chair of GBWR or a member of the nominations committee to speak to you in confidence.

Please refer to the Candidate briefing pack for further information

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