Independent Non-Executive Director

Walsall, West Midlands
Voluntary, Expenses paid
10 Jan 2017
09 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

British Judo is the National Governing Body for Judo in Great Britain, responsible for raising participant levels of Judo and delivering medal-winning performances.

British Judo is seeking to appoint an Independent Non-Executive Director to enhance the strategic capabilities of the Board and prepare to take the Association through to its next funding cycle. 

The applicant will be expected to attend approximately six-eight meetings per year and will be invited to various BJA events. The appointment will initially be for four years. 

British Judo are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from all suitably qualified persons are encouraged.

How to apply:
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Person Specification:


There has never been a better time to be involved in UK Sport, these are hugely exciting and challenging times for the British Judo Association which is the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Judo in Great Britain.

The Association represents Great Britain internationally and is a member of The International Judo Federation, The European Judo Union, The British Olympic Association, The Central Council of Physical Recreation, Commonwealth Judo Association, and the Commonwealth Games Council.


We are looking for an exceptional individual to become an Independent Non-Executive Director to enhance the strategic capabilities of the Board and prepare to take the Association through to its next funding cycle.


The responsibilities together with the rest of the Board Directors are as follows:

Statutory Duties

  • To act as a Director of British Judo and associated companies and act in the best interests of the Association with honesty and good faith
  • To use such personal and professional skills together with such contacts, experience and judgment as they may possess with integrity and independence to optimise both the short and long-term performance of British Judo
  • To play a full part in enabling the Board of Directors to arrive at balanced and objective decisions in the performance of its agreed role and functions in relation to British Judo strategic plan and any encompassing government funding agreements
  • To ensure that the obligations and responsibilities of British Judo, as determined by its Articles of Association and Annual General Meeting, are fully, promptly and properly performed

Strategic Leadership

  • Support and challenge the Chair, CEO and Executive team to drive and deliver the British Judo strategy in accordance with its mission and values
  • Provide a strategic perspective, champion change and challenge the status quo to ensure British Judo takes a long-term, big picture view for the success of the sport nationally
  • Monitor, challenge and evaluate the performance of the strategic plan in meeting agreed goals and objectives
  • Contribute to and bring leadership and independent judgement to matters placed before the Board of Directors in the key areas of strategy (performance, participation, coaching, marketing and communications, finance, people and governance).
  • Advocate British Judo’s strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary human and financial resources are in place to successfully deliver.


  • Work collaboratively with, and support, the Chair, the CEO and Executive team
  • Contribute fully to Board discussions, take collective responsibility for Board decisions and represent the collective Board view to external stakeholders and audiences
  • Maintain confidentiality, as appropriate and when requested by the Chair, and agreed by board consensus
  • Encourage positive challenge and address any conflicts within the Board
  • Support the Chair to encourage the Board to take decisions fully, promptly and properly
  • Ensure integrity of management and financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  • Work with other Board Directors and the Chair to make governance arrangements effective for British Judo
  • Place on the agenda for board meetings, any matters relating to the British Judo business which the Director considers should be discussed

External relations

  • Be aware of the interests of all stakeholders (including funding agencies and the membership) and maintain close and positive relationships with key members of Sport England and other key influencers
  • Develop business and sporting network contacts with key organisations in order to obtain views and influence wider opinion
  • Be an ambassador for British Judo at external functions, meetings and events when appropriate
  • Facilitate change and support, where appropriate, the resolution of potential conflict with external stakeholders

Personal Obligations

  • Be an active advocate of British Judo, its policies, objectives and its values of fairness, openness and honesty
  • Ensure that s/he acts in the national interests of the sport ahead of club- and/or or county- specific interests, and declare any conflict of interest in this area
  • Understand and comply at all times with the legal and other responsibilities of being a Board Director
  • Disclose immediately any personal interest in any activity of British Judo and/or possible or actual conflict of interests, and take no further part in any board or committee discussion of the matter
  • Not accept benefits from third parties which are intended (or which could be perceive as intended) to influence the Director’s contribution to a discussion or decision of the board, and will adhere to the rules and regulations regarding gifts and hospitality
  • Seek continually to develop and refresh knowledge and skills to ensure any contribution to the board remains informed and relevant
  • Ensure that s/he fully understands and keeps up to date with:
    • the business of British Judo and its services
    • the sport and territories in which British Judo operates
    • the construction and delivery of the strategic plan and relevant funding agreement
    • the external factors that affect British Judo and its operation

You will be expected to attend approximately six/eight meetings per year and will be invited to various BJA events.  The post is remunerated but reasonable expenses will be paid.  The appointment will be initially for four years.