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Chief Executive

British Cycling

British Cycling is the main national governing body for cycle sport in Great Britain. It administers most competitive cycling in Great Britain, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

18 Nov 2022
Full Time
Closing date
2 Dec 2022

A hugely exciting opportunity for a new CEO to lead the organisation as it builds towards 2023 inaugural combined UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland and the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. In addition, British Cycling has ambitious plans to drive growth across all forms of the sport, to broaden the number of commercial partners, to increase membership numbers, and to get more people from wider communities cycling more often, .

British Cycling is the internationally recognised governing body for cycling in Great Britain. It has become one of the world’s leading NGBs thanks to its ability to harness mass participation from international success.

With a membership of 145,000, the organisation works across all disciplines of cycling - BMX, cyclo-cross, cycle speedway, mountain biking, road and track - and is committed to a range of initiatives from “playground to podium” to create a true cycling nation by inspiring a boom in participation.

British Cycling enjoyed record-breaking success at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, cementing Great Britain as one of the strongest nations in competitive cycling. Away from competition, British Cycling strives to encourage millions of people to ride their bikes across a variety of recreational programmes and has recently published its ‘Lead our sport, inspire our communities’ strategy supporting the organisation to grow the sport and enable more people within its communities to discover cycling.

The Role

Reporting to the Chair and the Board, core responsibilities of the roles will include:

  • Full responsibility for the delivery of British Cycling’s strategy, business plans and performance. The CEO will be accountable to the Board and all public and commercial funding and delivery partners as appropriate.
  • Through outstanding leadership, emotional intelligence and a high level of visibility, communicate clear strategic goals and inspire the delivery of world class performance across the organisation in line with business objectives.
  • Build a financially sustainable, ‘best in class’, consumer focused business through the promotion of membership growth, member participation and member retention.
  • Secure new commercial partnership funding and develop close and vibrant relationships with appointed partners to maximise brand awareness and revenue return.
  • Ensure the effective governance of British Cycling, including appropriate management of public funding, compliance to legislation, facilitating and sustaining management processes, and ensuring best practice.
  • Be the accountable officer for UK Sport and Sport England funding and delivery of performance and participation targets.
  • Ensure that the core Values of British Cycling are embedded and used to inspire and respect all staff, participants, members and volunteers.

The Person

Applications are invited from candidates who can offer the following key skills and experience:

  • Broad-based business experience, including previous experience of working at Board level and directing and providing strategic leadership in a complex and commercially focused organisation to deliver on challenging targets.
  • Track record of exceptional achievement in turning strategies into effective reality to achieve sustainable growth through clear articulation of objectives, effectively navigating organisational complexities and challenges and encompassing swift, informed decision making.
  • Excellent commercial acumen and proven ability to lead and grow a high performing business, inspiring greatness across all areas of the organisation.
  • A natural and engaging personality to lead and build a high performing and cohesive senior management team, evidenced by the ability to balance a natural drive for results, high levels of emotional intelligence, adaptation to change and instilling a culture of collaboration, innovation and support.
  • Outstanding communication skills to effectively listen and engage with a broad-based workforce, volunteer groups and membership community.
  • Previous leadership experience with a membership-based organisation highly desirable.
  • Understanding of digital technology and tools to drive commercial growth, member engagement, affiliation to the sport and overall positioning of the British Cycling brand.
  • A strong understanding of the governance structures within sporting bodies and related organisations, including volunteer related delivery.
  • A personal commitment to inclusivity and driving cycling participation opportunities for all.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and current CV via 'Apply Now'

Closing date: Friday 02 December 2022

British Cycling is fully committed to the principles and active promotion of equality of opportunity. British Cycling is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, member or volunteer receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of a protected characteristic. Protective characteristics are disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, sex (gender) and age.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Executive Role

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