Ayrshire Sportsability: Chairperson

Ayrshire Sportsability: Chairperson 

Recruiting body: Ayrshire Sportsability

Closing date: Friday 13 September 2019, 5pm

Ayrshire Sportsability (ASA) is a voluntary sport group where the main aim is to lead in the development of sport for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities in partnership with key local agencies in Ayrshire. ASA is a member branch of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) who are the governing body of sport for athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability. ASA achieved SDS Minimum Operating Requirements (MOR) which ensures all governance is up to date and appropriate. The committee of ASA now wish to appoint a new chair to lead the branch.

Role Title – Chairperson (voluntary)

Organisation – Ayrshire Sportsabilty 

Responsible to – Ayrshire Sportsabilty Board

Location – Ayrshire

Contract – The Chair is selected from an open and transparent process. If appointed from externally, they will become a Trustee and is formally approved at the AGM. The term is normally for two-years, with the 2019 appointment initially for a one-year term.  Subject to satisfactory performance, he/she will be eligible for reappointment for up to 6 years maximum. 

This is a voluntary position but all reasonable expenses will be paid. The chairperson is expected to attend branch meetings, held 6 times per year, ASA sport/fundraising events and sub group meetings. 

Time commitment – 30 days per year 

Term – 1 year initially, then a maximum 6 year term – re-elected every 2 years which is subject to appraisal & recommendation of the board.

  • Ability to lead the strategic direction. SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • Chair Board meetings effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to make decisions and work with others to reach agreed outcomes
  • Ability to understand and analyse complex issues
  • Ability to influence and communicate effectively


  • Provide Strategic Leadership
  • Ensure Quality Governance
  • Develop External Relations
  • Promote Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Establish and Maintain Relationship with Service Contractor

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role. In addition to chairing the main Board meetings, the Chair has the right to attend the Committees of ASA.

Interview process

All shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a formal interview on Monday 14 October 2019, 6pm onwards.

This will consist of a 10 minute presentation followed by interview questions.

Shortlisted candidates will also be expected to attend the Ayrshire Sportsability Flagship sports event to meet the co-ordinatior, committee members and to get a better understanding of what ASA do. The Festival of sport will run from 10am until 2pm from Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October. Candidates should indicate the date and time they wish to attend.


Role description and personal specification

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 13 September

All applicants should send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to admin@ayrshiresportsability.org.uk

The Cover Letter should highlight why you wish to be considered for the role of Chair of ASA and outline relevant experience and expertise you have in relation to the Role and Person Specifications.

As part of the application it also required for two references to be provided within your CV. These will only be contacted in the event of the successful candidate being offered the role.  

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Email: waiyin@waibeyond.com 

Date published: 06 August 2019
Date updated: 06 August 2019


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