2 x Board Members (including a Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee)

Federations & Major Events
United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
29 / 01

The Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking to appoint two individuals as Board Members of UK Sport, one of whom will take up the role of Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee. UK Sport is a non-departmental public body, sponsored by DCMS.

DCMS is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity in its public appointments. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes. This ensures that boards of public bodies benefit from a full range of diverse perspectives and are representative of the people they serve.

Full description

The Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking to appoint two individuals as Board Members of UK Sport, one of whom will take up the role of Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee. UK Sport is a non-departmental public body, sponsored by DCMS.

DCMS is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity in its public appointments. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes. This ensures that boards of public bodies benefit from a full range of diverse perspectives and are representative of the people they serve.

About UK Sport

UK Sport is the nation’s high-performance sports agency, funded by the Government and The National Lottery. Its purpose is to lead high performance sport to enable extraordinary moments that enrich lives and its mission is to create the greatest decade of these sporting moments; reaching, inspiring and uniting the nation. UK Sport’s investment and strategic direction helped British sports and athletes deliver 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals at London 2012, four Olympic and six Paralympic medals at Sochi 2014, a record 67 Olympic and 147 Paralympic medals at Rio 2016, five Olympic and seven Paralympic medals at PyeongChang 2018 and 65 Olympic and 124 Paralympic medals at Tokyo 2020. It has also helped to establish the UK as a leading host of international sporting events, including the Tour de France and the World Athletics Championships.

The role

The UK Sport Board is made up of 12 non-executive Board Members, including the Chair and nominees from the Sports Councils of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Board is appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

UK Sport is seeking to appoint two Members to their Board, one of whom will take up the role of Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee. The Audit and Risk Chair is responsible for:

  • Chairing the Group Audit and Risk Committee which oversees issues of risk, financial control and governance across UKS and EIS
  • Providing advice from the Committee to the Board on the completeness, reliability and integrity of assurances provided
  • Chair four GA&RC meetings a year, plus one to one private meetings with the external and internal auditors, Accounting Officers of UKS and EIS.
  • Shaping the agendas and planning for the Group Audit & Risk Committee meetings with the UK Sport Director of Business Services.

Board ambitions and responsibilities

The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that UK Sport complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds.
The Board is responsible for the strategic purpose, mission and ambitions of UK Sport, including the following:

  • Delivering sustained success in Olympic and Paralympic Sport
  • Maximising the inspirational impact of British elite athletes to deliver sporting, social and economic benefits
  • Hosting a world-leading portfolio of international sporting events
  • Realising the aim to keep winning and winning well, to grow a thriving sporting system and to inspire positive change

Within this wider remit individual Board Members support the Chair and CEO in:

  • Promoting good practice, corporate leadership, diversity and inclusion and people development within the organisation of UK Sport
  • Driving and measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of UK Sport as a body

Person Specification
Group Audit and Risk Committee Chair Role
Essential Criteria

The successful candidate to this role will be able to demonstrate in their application the
majority of the following qualities to a high standard:

  • A clear passion and enthusiasm for elite sport, with a demonstrable understanding of the structure of sport in the UK;
  • Experience of working with Audit Committees and an understanding of their role and value to an organisation;
  • The ability to chair meetings involving multiple stakeholders;
  • Ability to listen, understand and distil salient issues for reporting back to the Board;
  • Ability to build trust and rapport with the Executive Officers and auditors;
  • Appreciation of risks and the control environment required in organisations
  • handling public money;
  • A strong commitment to engaging communities outside of London, and factoring UK-wide perspectives into all decision making.

Other Board Member Role
Essential Criteria

The successful candidate to this role will be able to demonstrate in their application the
majority of the following qualities to a high standard:

  • A clear passion and enthusiasm for elite sport, with a demonstrable understanding of the structure of sport in the UK;
  • Experience in strategic decision‐making and planning at a senior level;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills and an ability to work across organisational boundaries to promote high standards;
  • An understanding of the barriers for low participation groups within different sporting environments;
  • A strong commitment to engaging communities outside of London, and factoring UK-wide perspectives into all decision making.

In addition to the above essential criteria, UK Sport is seeking to enhance the knowledge and experience of the Board in a number of key areas. For the other role, UK Sport would be particularly interested in hearing from candidates who demonstrate capabilities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Legal – experience of working in the legal sector with knowledge and comfort around challenging legal issues
  • Paralympic Experience – experience of working within or alongside the Paralympic highperformance sport sector is sought to contribute to strategic decisions enabling success in Paralympic sport
  • The Elite Sport System – experience of the Elite Sport System in the UK, which provides the environment to drive success

Additional commitments
In addition to their role on the Board, Members are asked to contribute to the work of a number of formal and informal UK Sport advisory panels as follows:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Major Events Panel
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Eligibility Panel
  • The English Institute of Sport Board
  • Ad hoc working groups set up from time to time

Remuneration:
These roles receive an attendance allowance of £218 per day, plus travel expenses

Time Requirements:

The term of these appointments is four years, expected to start in early Spring 2022. There are usually six Board meetings per year and Board Members may be asked to contribute one to two day per quarter as a member of a Panel or sub-committee, plus occasional ad hoc meetings and optional activities and opportunities. Meetings are generally held in London, but occasionally elsewhere.

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