Skills and Experience
We are looking for an independent non executive director who can demonstrate knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
- experience of fundraising, campaigning and influencing
- driving commercial growth
- an understanding of philanthropy with success at accessing new and major donors
In addition, we would expect all candidates to be able to demonstrate:
- financial awareness and understanding (to be able to join the Finance and Audit Committee)
- a strong and visible passion and commitment to the BPA and its aims and ambitions
- strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind.
- a clear commitment to improving diversity and equality.
- an interest in disability issues, including but not limited to sport.
Please outline the skills and experience you have against the bullet points listed above in your covering letter.
We will also use this recruitment process to identify potential future Board members as part of our succession planning and those who may be able to add value to the sub committees that support the Board.
Time and commitment
Board members are expected to attend each of the four half day Board meetings per annum at the BPA’s offices in central London and the annual strategy awayday (a full day) – which is usually linked to a Board meeting.
In addition, this Board member will sit on the Finance and Audit Committee which meets at least four times a year in the weeks leading up to the Board meetings and may be asked to sit on other Board sub-Committees as required.
Board members are also encouraged to attend the full day meetings of the National Paralympic Committee which take place twice a year.
All meetings are scheduled during office hours.
You will also be encouraged to attend events to increase the awareness in, and profile of, the BPA which may be during the day, at evenings and at weekends and provide ad hoc support to the executive on specific issues.
The time commitment, including preparing for meetings, is estimated to equate to approximately 15-20 days per annum in total. To support Board members, the BPA is committed to making effective use of technology in preparing for and contributing to meeting and discussions including virtually. You will need to be able to make a commitment to the BPA and be able to devote the necessary time to the role.
The main responsibility of the Board is the overall governance and strategic direction of the BPA. The Board is responsible for developing its aims and objectives, in accordance with its values and in line with legal and regulatory requirements. In particular, a Board member is required:
- To ensure that the BPA pursues its objects as defined in its Articles
- To contribute actively to the board in giving firm strategic direction to the BPA, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
- To safeguard the good name and values of the BPA, and Paralympic sport
- To ensure the financial stability of the BPA
- To protect and manage the property of the BPA
Board members are company directors. In accordance with the Companies Act all Directors have a statutory duty to:
- act within powers set out in the company’s memorandum of association
- promote success of the company
- exercise independent judgement,
- exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence, and act honestly at all times
- avoid conflicts of interest
- not accept benefits from third parties
- declare interests in proposed transactions or arrangements
Board member are also charity trustees and therefore in accordance with the Charities Act have a statutory duty to:
- ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
- comply with charity law requirements and other laws that apply to the charity
In addition to the above statutory duties, each Board member is expected to apply their specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board reach sound decisions and make a practical contribution according to their particular knowledge, skills or experience. This will involve:
- Scrutinising Board papers and regularly attending Board meetings
- Leading, and participating in, discussions
- Focusing on key issues
- Providing guidance on new initiatives
- Other issues in which the Board member has special expertise
Finally, each Board member is expected to undertake ambassadorial duties on behalf of the BPA.
The appointment is for a four-year term, and up to two consecutive terms may be served. The term will start in Autumn 2019 and it is hoped that the new Board Member will be able to attend the Board meeting and strategy awayday planned for 11/12 December 2019, in central London.
The role is voluntary. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Commitment to equality and diversity
The BPA welcomes applications from everyone. However, the BPA has a strong commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity on its Board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability. At this time therefore, the BPA strongly encourages applications from women, people with a disability and individuals from the currently underrepresented BAME groups.