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Chief Executive Officer

British Elite Athletes Association

The British Elite Athletes Association is the independent representative body for elite British athletes in receipt of World Class Programme funding

4 Jun 2024
Full Time
Closing date
24 Jun 2024


The BEAA exists to represent the interests of athletes by providing them with independent, confidential support and expert advice, mediation, and advocacy within the sporting system.

We are primarily funded by UK Sport but operate with full independence, standing by athletes throughout their time on the World Class Programme and beyond.

The BEAA has a support team working directly with athletes to provide support on a wide range of issues they may experience, for example; with their sport’s selection process, a grievance with a team member, a disciplinary, a duty of care or welfare issue or concern over their mental health and wellbeing.

More broadly, the BEAA represents the athlete voice in key areas of decision making across the high-performance system, and runs a network of athlete representatives.

The BEAA works in collaboration with others within the high-performance system, including the National Governing Bodies of Sport, Home Country Sports Institutes, the British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association and UK Sport. Other key partners include UK Anti- Doping, Professional Players Federation, MIND and the NPSCC Child Protection in Sport Unit and Ann Craft Trust.

Since being founded in 2004 by athletes, for athletes, our influence and standing within the high-performance system has grown, and we are proud to play a central role within British high-performance sport today.

All athletes funded via the World Class Programme are members of the BEAA. They can contact our expert staff for support, turn to us for representation, and know that we connect the elite athlete community across sports. We are also proud to provide support to athletes in pathway sports, and a select number of sports who benefit from our involvement privately.


To lead the BEAA in developing and implementing the organisational strategy to deliver outstanding support, representation and community to our elite athlete members in the UK. To work in partnership with key stakeholders in National Governing Bodies, the Home Country Sports Institutes and UK Sport to ensure that athlete interests are promoted, whilst maintaining a balance of independence and the ability to challenge stakeholders where necessary. This is a key leadership role, both within the BEAA and as an advocate externally where success is founded on mutually trusting and respectful relationships with both stakeholders and athletes.


  1. Lead the ongoing development and delivery of the BEAA strategy and operational plans on behalf of the BEAA Board, ensuring it is positioned to deliver its core objective of representing athletes.
  2. Provide inspirational and authentic leadership to the BEAA organisation, enabling a culture and behaviours where all employees are motivated to thrive and to deliver at their best at work. Initiating and leading change where necessary.
  3. Act where appropriate as a spokesperson and personal advocate for our athlete members, providing advice, support and challenge to the high-performance system on behalf of athletes.
  4. Enable the staff of the BEAA to grow as individuals and collectively as a high performing team.
  5. Develop and maintain trusting and productive relationships with key leaders across the landscape of high-performance sport to ensure that the BEAA is respected and well positioned and can therefore advocate effectively. In particular, with UK Sport, National Governing Bodies, BOA, BPA and Home Country Institutes.
  6. Ensure that the BEAA service provision meets the needs of athletes and maintains quality and integrity.
  7. As the accountable officer for the BEAA ensure the appropriate finance, health and safety, risk and good governance processes and reporting are in place and aligned to the Code for Sports Governance.
  8. Ensure people in the BEAA have the skills and experience to deliver their roles and that they are organised to ensure efficiency and deliver value consistently.
  9. Work with the BEAA Chair to ensure that the Board and the Senior Leadership Team have effective and productive working relationships.
  10. Promote equality and diversity in culture, service delivery and employment practices.


An understanding of the high-performance environment for athletes in the UK is key, as well as a grasp of the issues affecting athletes. It is extremely helpful to the role to have been an elite athlete, although applications from those with other relevant high performance sport experience are also encouraged.

This role requires significant leadership and relationship management capability, and you will have operated at senior level for a number of years working closely with or on a board showing exceptional leadership and management skills. There are no critical, technical qualifications aligned to this role. Alongside this you will bring:

  • A track record of working with and influencing people at the most senior level (Director, CEO and Board)
  • The ability to develop and nurture high performing teams and individuals and leading for extraordinary performance across the organisation.
  • Strong emotional intelligence
  • Skill in being able to navigate significant external relationships with political nous.
  • Evidence of having implemented organisational wide strategies
  • Experience of being accountable for the key areas of corporate governance, managing significant budgets, and embedding these in the organisational culture
  • Strong personal integrity with the ability to invoke trust and respect from others
  • Excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills from experience in a complex and multi- dimensional stakeholder and partnership field
  • Strong communication skills internally and externally, confident to represent and promote the organisation in the external world
  • Skill at working across multiple teams and being a team player
  • Evidence of encouraging and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

How To Apply:

Please click 'Apply Now' to submit your application by CV and covering email or letter to our recruitment team with subject header CEO Application.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and may be amended from time to time in the light of the changing needs of the organisation through appropriate processes of consultation and the mutual agreement of both parties.

The British Elite Athletes Association takes seriously its role in recognising and removing any barriers faced by people involved, or wanting to be involved in sport, in any capacity, to ensure the culture of sport is improved to one that values diversity and enables the full involvement of disadvantaged groups in every aspect of sport. the BEAA is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from ethnic minority candidates, those with a disability and member of the LGBGTQ+ community.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Executive Role
Salary information
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