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Non-Executive Director Roles

The English Institute of Sport (EIS)

The English Institute of Sport (EIS), established in May 2002, is an organisation which provides sport science and medical support services to elite athletes through a nationwide network of expertise.

22 Jun 2022
Part Time
Closing date
20 Jul 2022

As we celebrate our 20th year this year, we are looking to appoint two new Non-Executive Directors to join us later this summer. This is an exciting time to join the organisation with less than two years to go to the next Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. We are also looking ahead to games in Milan/Cortina 2026, Los Angeles 2028 and beyond. Our teams are also supporting sports across a number of national, regional and world championships.

The Role of Non-Executive Directors of the EIS Board is to:
  • Ensure the EIS fulfils its current responsibilities as defined in the following documents:
    • Articles of Association
    • Management and Financial Memorandum
    • UK Sport Funding Agreement
  • Deliver,and monitor progress against, the organisation’s strategic objectives and KPIs.
  • Monitor and manage strategic risk.
  • Oversee the governance of the organisation, including ensuring appropriate organisational policies and procedures are in place.
  • Ensure the organisation operates within budget and that sound financial management is in place.
  • Influence strategic stakeholders and ensure the EIS is promoted effectively.
  • Take part in wider committee and other activities where they have appropriate skills and time capacity.

General Skills

We are looking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors bringing different sets of skills, background and experience to the Board. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the EIS as it strives to be the world’s leading sports institute.

Both Board members need to be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to strategically influence others to be able to contribute to the development of EIS future strategies.
  • An appreciation of the environment of elite sport at, and in the build up to, major events.
  • Experience of operating and/or contributing at board level within an organisation or an active interest in operating at board level.
  • An understanding of the governance requirements of a public sector funded organisation is preferred or some appreciation of the governance requirements of a public funded organisation and a wish to learn more.
  • How they will help bring diversity of skills, experience, and background to the Board.
  • An empathy with the values of the EIS.


One appointment will be for a new Board member who has experience of being an athlete within high performance sport. As the provider of sports science, medicine, technology, and engineering services to the UKS’ Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the understanding of athlete needs and their voice around the Board is critical.

In this role we are specifically looking for:

  • Experience of having competed as an athlete in High Performance Sport
  • Some experience of having operated within a business or organisation alongside or post competition, showing an ability to be able to translate the athlete experience into a wider context.


The second appointment will be for a Board member who has a background in working in or alongside the field of sports science and medicine with a specific interest in technology, innovation and/or engineering to help influence the development of these disciplines within the Institute. This Board member will also chair the Technical Steering Panel, which provides independent advice and oversight on technical projects and practice conducted by the EIS.

In this role we are specifically looking for:

  • Knowledge of the work of high-performance sport.
    This does not mean having to have worked in high performance sport, it may come for example, from working in education associated with the field, or having competed as an athlete. Of critical need is to be able to make quick connections between the functional field and its application in sport.
  • Expertise and skills in technology, innovation or engineering.

Board meetings are held 4-6 times per year and the successful candidate will be required to attend these. Meetings are held at a variety of venues across the country, including at EIS sites, which gives the Board an opportunity to meet and engage with some of our staff.

After two years of virtual meetings, we are aiming to return to in person meetings where-ever possible but will also aim to provide facilities for people to join virtually in exceptional circumstances. All our board meeting locations will be selected for their accessibility.

Where a Board member has additional duties (such as attending or chairing a sub-committee) there will be additional time commitments. It is estimated that the overall time commitment for a Board member without additional subcommittee activity will fall between 8 – 15 days per annum. This could extend to c 20 days a year with additional duties that may be taken on. Our intention is

to ensure that we have the appropriate skills, experience and background at our Board and therefore , above the reasonable baseline, we will seek to be flexible to your needs in terms of time commitment.

An attendance fee is payable to all Board members as a rate of £218/ day, payable for attendance at all formal Board and sub-committee meetings.

The appointments would be for an initial term of four years, which subject to the approval of the Board and UK Sport, is renewable once. All board members are required to abide by the Directors Code.

The Board is due to meet on Tuesday 29 September in Loughborough and it is hoped that the successful candidates will be able to attend that meeting as observers (and dinner the night before), prior to taking up their roles formally on 1 October 2022.

The full EIS NED Recruitment Pack is available to download here


To apply for either of these roles, please click 'Apply Now ' to log onto our recruitment portal and follow the instructions at the link.

Please provide a covering letter to support your CV. The covering letter should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 and should demonstrate how you will bring your experience, skills and knowledge to be successful in this role.

If you would like to submit your application in an alternative format, please let us know by emailing: [email protected]

Closing date: Wednesday 20th July

Interviews will take place from 22nd August. Please advise us on your application of dates that you cannot make from that date until 5th September. If you would like to talk to the Chair John Dowson before you submit your application, please contact him via [email protected]

For further information on the EIS including details of the current Board members, the Board Terms of Reference, copies of previous Board minutes and statutory accounts and other governance information please visit our website at

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Additional Information

Part Time
Job Type
Non-Executive role
Pay Information
£218 Per Day

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