Chair & Independent Board Members

United Kingdom
Remuneration will be considered in line with commitment required
23 Dec 2016
31 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Yorkshire 2019 Ltd Overview

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) awarded Yorkshire the right to host the 2019 UCI World Road Cycling Championships in late 2016. The winning bid was made jointly by British Cycling, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The event presents significant size, scale and complexity, and will be one of the biggest international sporting events to be hosted in the UK in the coming years.

Yorkshire 2019 Ltd has been established to be the organisation responsible for the delivery of the event, and the company was incorporated by UK Sport as its subsidiary in November 2016. The Board will be comprised of five independent non-executive directors (one of these being the Chair), and five stakeholder-nominated non-executive directors. We are now recruiting for 5 Board positions - Chair and four Independent Board Members, one to also Chair the Audit Committee.

Independent Board Members (one to Chair the Audit Committee)


This appointment is for the role of Independent Board Member (one to also be Chair of Audit Committee) of Yorkshire 2019 Ltd. Full Job specifications can be found here:

Days: Approximately 1-2 days per month equivalent, although it is likely there will be greater work in the early months of the company and in the period immediately prior to the event.

Board meeting frequency: Approximately every two months (TBC)

Closing date: Tuesday 31st January 2017

Interview date: Thursday 23rd or Friday 24th February 2017

Key responsibilities:

  • To help ensure that the Board operates in line with the Code for Sports Governance, and that it demonstrates the highest standards of integrity at all times.
  • To ensure that the Board is effective in discussing and setting the company’s strategic direction in delivering the 2019 World Road Championships.
  • To act as a member of the Board, offering guidance, support, expertise and an objective perspective on the key matters of strategy, governance, commercial and financial affairs, and risk management.
  • To sit on specialist sub-groups of the Board as appropriate and agreed, particularly in respect of the specific skills and experience that each independent director brings.
  • To play a key part in the decision-making process on strategic and governance issues 
  • To ensure that the organisation is run in a transparent and equitable manner
  • To act in accordance with the Board of Directors’ Code of Conduct at all times 
  • To help identify and manage any conflicts of interest that might arise within the Board.
  • To offer advice and guidance in a consultative capacity to the executive as required, helping to ensure that the organisation has a robust, workable and viable operational strategy, and monitoring the performance of the organisation (and the executive management) against that strategy.
  • To maintain positive relationships with major external stakeholders.

Person specification:

  • While all applications will be welcome, the Board is particularly keen to hear from applicants with specific experience in: commercial income generation, marketing and promotion of major events, legal, and oversight of major events delivery (highways/outdoor events preferred).
  • A strategic and collaborative approach to objective setting and decision-taking with the ability to facilitate focussed and relevant discussions.
  • A strong understanding of non-executive leadership, delivering results within a complex operating environment.
  • Proven experience of public life and of organisations where there are political interests. Able to negotiate outcomes and gain stakeholder support for the board’s decisions.
  • Good knowledge of corporate and sports governance board-level responsibilities, and accustomed to the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability. Able to ‘lead from the front’ in terms of demonstrating the highest standards of integrity at all times.
  • Passionate about the success of the event and able to demonstrate a strong affinity to the sport and/or region.
  • Experience of being a member of boards of companies (or events) of comparable size, and experience in successfully setting and implementing strategy and managing risk in those organisations.
  • Evidence of success in your chosen career, good all-round business acumen with proven experience, skills and knowledge of the requirements to lead a successful company.
  • Tenacious and diplomatic, with a strong track record of strategic leadership in business, public service or sport, with the ability to identify and critically assess opportunities and threats in order to develop effective strategies and solutions.


The Chair and Board Members will be independent, in line with the definition of independence provided within the 2016 Code for Sports Governance. Therefore the Chair and Board Members will be independent if they are free from any close connection to the organisation and if, from the perspective of an objective outsider, they would be viewed as independent. Please see the full job specifications for further information.

Application process:

To apply candidates should submit the following to the link provided.

  • A covering letter highlighting the post you are applying for, your motivation for the post and relevant experience;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • A summary of your current time commitments

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th January 2017 (Chair Position) and Tuesday 31st January 2017 (Independent Board Member Positions)