England Squash Board Director

  • Employer England Squash
  • Town / City Manchester
  • Job Type Voluntary
  • Salary Voluntary
  • Closing Date 27/04/2018
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England Squash are specifically looking to appoint to the Board, an individual with a strong passion and commitment to squash, with experience in Coach Development (including grassroots and talent), as well as High Performance.

Position: Director to serve on the England Squash Board

Responsible to: The Chair of the Board of Directors


  1. Statutory Duties
  • To act as a Director of England Squash in the best interests of the Company with honesty and good faith
  • To use such personal and professional skills together with such contacts, experience and judgement as they may possess with integrity and independence to optimise both the short and long-term performance of England Squash
  • To play a full part in enabling the Board of Directors to arrive at balanced and objective decisions in the performance of its agreed role and functions in relation to England Squash’s strategic plan and any encompassing government funding agreements
  • To ensure that the obligations and responsibilities of England Squash, as determined by its Articles of Association and Annual General Meeting, are fully, promptly and properly performed
  1. Strategic Leadership
  • Support and challenge the Chair, CEO and executive team to drive and deliver the England Squash strategy in accordance with the mission and values
  • Provide a strategic perspective, champion change and challenge the status quo to ensure England Squash takes a long-term, big picture view for the success of the sport nationally
  • Monitor, challenge and evaluate the performance of the strategic plan in meeting agreed goals and objectives
  • Contribute to and bring leadership and independent judgement to matters placed before the Board of Directors in the key areas of strategy (performance, participation and coaching), marketing and communications, finance, people and governance
  • Advocate England Squash’s strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary human and financial resources are in place to successfully deliver
  1. Governance
  • Work collaboratively with, and support, the Chair, the CEO and executive team
  • Contribute fully to Board discussions, take collective responsibility for Board decisions and represent the collective Board view to external stakeholders and audiences
  • Maintain confidentiality, as appropriate and when requested by the Chair, and agreed by Board consensus
  • Encourage positive challenge and address any conflicts within the Board
  • Support the Chair to encourage the Board to take decisions fully, promptly and properly
  • Ensure integrity of management and financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  • Work with other Board Directors and Chair to make governance arrangements effective for England Squash
  • Place on the agenda for Board meetings, any matters relating to the England Squash business which the Director considers should be discussed
  1. External relations
  • Be aware of the interests of all stakeholders (including funding agencies and the membership) and maintain close and positive relationships with key members of Sport England and other key influencers
  • Develop business and sporting network contacts with key organisations in order to obtain views and influence wider opinion
  • Be an ambassador for England Squash at external functions, meetings and events when appropriate
  • Facilitate change and support, where appropriate, the resolution of potential conflict with external stakeholders
  1. Personal Obligations
  • Be an active advocate of England Squash, its policies, objectives and its values of fairness, openness and honesty
  • Ensure that s/he acts in the national interests of the sport ahead of club- and/or or county- specific interests, and declare any conflict of interest in this area
  • Understand and comply at all times with the legal and other responsibilities of being a Board Director
  • Disclose immediately any personal interest in any activity of England Squash and/or possible or actual conflict of interests, and take no further part in any Board or committee discussion of the matter
  • Not accept benefits from third parties which are intended (or which could be perceived as intended) to influence the Director’s contribution to a discussion or decision of the Board, and will adhere to the rules and regulations regarding gifts and hospitality
  • Seek continually to develop and refresh knowledge and skills to ensure any contribution to the Board remains informed and relevant
  • Ensure that s/he fully understands and keeps up to date with:
    • the business of England Squash and its services
    • the sport and territories in which England Squash operates
    • the construction and delivery of the strategic plan and relevant funding agreement
    • the external factors that affect England Squash and its operation


Additional information

  1. Remuneration
  • This role is non-remunerated
  • All reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with established criteria
  1. Time Commitment and Responsibilities
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors called during the year (up to six per annum)
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting and other General Meetings per annum
  • Allow time for preparation and follow up from meetings and any ad hoc response to Board related activities
  • As the reasonable need arises offer time to the business of England Squash that relate to their respective skill sets
  • Be prepared to act as a member of any panel for which the Board desire to have representation
  • Devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil their obligations and responsibilities
  1. Term of office
  • Subject to a re-appointment process based on a three year cycle.
  1. Location of Board meetings
  • Meetings are held in various locations around the country with consideration to the convenience of all Board members.

Application Process

Candidates should submit their CV, together with a covering letter expressing their rationale for their interest and specific competencies that they would bring to the role.

Submissions by post or email are acceptable and should be sent to:

England Squash Board Nominations Committee

C/O Mr Steve Jones

England Squash

National Squash Centre



The closing date for application is Friday 27th April 2018.


Person Specification:       Non-Executive Director

Applicants for the position of Non-Executive Director for the England Squash Board should meet the following personal specification:

General skills & qualities required by all England Squash Board Directors:

Key skills, experience and qualifications:

  • At least three years’ experience of working as a Company Director (commercial, charity, voluntary sector), trustee, partner or in an appropriate senior executive management position
  • A proven track record of delivering strategy and experience of leading organisational transformation and change
  • An understanding of the changing environment in which National Governing Bodies (NGB) of sport work and an appreciation of the need for NGB’s to professionalise and adopt a more commercial / business-oriented mindset
  • Strong and proven commercial and financial experience and understanding
  • Ability to establish strong and positive working relationships with other Board members, Chair and executive team
  • Experience of building and maintaining strong and positive relationships with diverse groups internal and external stakeholders
  • Connected individual who has built and maintained a strong, vibrant and diverse professional network
  • Clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a Non-Executive Director

Behavioural competencies and qualities:

  • Willingness to embrace change and able to provide innovative thinking and solutions
  • Able to draw on and apply broad and diverse experience in the context of England Squash organisation
  • Open-minded and able to see the bigger, national picture for the sport
  • Enthusiastic and positive commitment to the mission, objectives and values of England Squash as an organisation
  • Results and performance-driven
  • Confident and independent thinker able to challenge facts and assumptions in a constructive and positive manner
  • Willingness to listen to alternative views and take direction and advice from other Board members and Chair, and other key stakeholders
  • Able to communicate clearly and confidently in Board meetings and bigger forums
  • Strong interpersonal skills: active listening and communication skills – able to engage, influence, persuade and inspire people at all levels
  • High self-awareness – understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses. Drive and commitment to improve personal knowledge and personal performance
  • Strong personal integrity – does not compromise on ethical or legal matters
  • Strong intellect and ability to quickly grasp and distil complicated issues, identify the areas for decision making
  • Able to makes decisions objectively, based on understanding of facts and different perspectives


Specific skills and qualities required by at least one Director.


  • It is not expected for every Board member to display experience in all the ‘specific’ areas – but it is expected they should offer experience in at least one:


Financial: requirements, skills, experience:


  • A qualified accountant (from a recognised professional accountancy body)
  • Able to ensure regulatory compliance with the appropriate financial and accounting standards both internal and external
  • Able to identify and encourage changes to enhance the financial, risk and governance practices, and assist in setting new policies or revising existing ones as necessary
  • Provide guidance and challenge to the England Squash Board and executive team on all financial, risk and governance matters
  • Review and challenge management accounts
  • Ensure adequate processes are in place to prepare the annual report.


Marketing and communications: requirements, skills, experience:


  • Recent experience and understanding in Marketing & Communication including role of Digital Marketing
  • Solid grasp of core marketing principles, practices and approaches
  • Experience in building successful e-commerce platforms, social media campaigns, and other digital assets
  • Ability to translate and apply commercial / consumer-marketing skills and approaches into the NGB environment
  • Able to challenge and guide the and marketing and communication strategy


Sponsorship and funding: requirements, skills, experience:


  • Experience of sourcing and securing sponsorship and alternative funding / grants / revenue streams in commercial, charity, or voluntary sector
  • Experienced in sponsorship contract negotiation and relationship management
  • Experience in developing, executing and evaluating fundraising strategy


Participation: requirements, skills, experience:


  • Understanding and experience of developing and delivering participation strategy in a sporting/leisure environment


Performance: requirements, skills, experience:


  • Knowledge and experience of developing and delivering elite sport at the highest national and/or international level




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