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Non-Executive Director

England Athletics

England Athletics is the membership and development body for athletics and running clubs in England.

1 Apr 2024
Part Time
Closing date
24 May 2024


England Athletics is the National Governing Body for the sport in England and is a membership organisation made up of 1,800 clubs and bodies. Our purpose is to inspire more athletes and runners of all abilities and backgrounds to fulfil their potential and have a lifelong love for the sport.

We work in partnership with the wider athletics family, especially UK Athletics, Home Countries and Sport England and provide national level competition. England Athletics also plays a pivotal role in the organisation and delivery of the Commonwealth Games working in partnership with Commonwealth Games England.

As a membership organisation we currently have c1,800 member clubs/bodies and c166,000 registered athletes. We exist to govern the sport in accordance with our articles to promote and deliver athletics and running activities across all ages, event disciplines, and ability levels. There are also around 6m who run each month in England, 3,500 licensed road races and 210,000 active RunTogether participants operating in more than 3,000 registered running groups.

Our vision is for athletics to continue to be an inclusive sport where everyone belongs and can flourish, led by a network of progressive clubs and organisations, and supported by a sustainable, respected, and trusted membership and development body. In achieving this we will expand the capacity of the sport, sustain and increase participation and performance levels, as well as influence participation in the wider athletics market.

England Athletics is seeking to strengthen its Board with an exceptional individual who wishes to serve as a Non-Executive Director and support the direction for the next phase of the strategy. The successful candidate will join the England Athletics Board at an exciting and challenging time for the sport and in the wider sports sector. They will have a passion for success and demonstrate a strong commitment to the delivery of excellence and quality.

As a diverse sport, it is important that England Athletics has a diverse board and that each Non-Executive Director brings a range of skills, knowledge and experience from different backgrounds. The successful candidate will be able to make a significant contribution to the Board of England Athletics and support the organisation to achieve its strategic goals.

England Athletics is looking for a Non-Executive Director with previous Board experience, who demonstrates integrity, sound judgement, emotional intelligence, personal presence, communication and listening skills, and flexibility. Recent involvement, or an interest, in Athletics is essential along with the willingness to devote the necessary time.

For 2024 we are particularly interested in those with experience in one or more of the following areas: welfare & safeguarding, and/or sustainability.

However, we would welcome applications from those with all relevant skills.

The Board meets around 6-8 times a year and Board Members will additionally be appointed to one or more Board Committees or a Task & Finish Group.

If this exciting position appeals to you, and you would like further information, you can contact Sam O’Shea [email protected].

How To Apply:

To apply for this post please click 'Apply Now' to begin the online application and upload your CV and covering letter detailing what you think you can bring to the role and why it appeals to you.

Closing date for applications is Friday 24 May 2024

• First interviews will be held on Tuesday 18th June (these will be via TEAMS)
• Second interviews will be held on Tuesday 25th June (in person).

England Athletics is committed to providing and supporting an inclusive culture that promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion. We are proud of the diverse community we represent and want to ensure our workforce is representative of that community so welcome applications from all sections of the community and diverse groups. We will, at every opportunity, advance equality, and inclusivity within the organisation, by addressing barriers, encouraging participation, and taking all relevant steps to meet everyone’s needs.
To apply for this post please upload your CV and covering letter detailing what you think you can bring to the role and why it appeals to you by visiting: https://careers.englandathleti...

Additional Information

Part Time
Job Type
Governing Body Role
Non-Executive role
Salary information
from £3,000

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