Independent Board Member (non-executive): Scottish Ice Hockey

Reporting to:  Chairperson and Board Members
Department:  Executive Board
Interface:The Organisation SIH Executive Board, SIH Committees, Customers, Suppliers, Media, Legislators and Regulators (National and International) all as required on behalf


The role is part of the executive board; they would be directors of the company and have voting rights.

The position of Independent Board Member is a recruited position to the Executive Board of Scottish Ice Hockey through a selection and application process as managed by the SIH Nomination Committee. 

The objective of the Independent Board Member position is to provide an independent view and input to the boards guidance and decisions to enhance such decisions to achieve the goals of Scottish Ice Hockey. Such inputs will be based on personal, business, and commercial experiences gained outside of the sport, which may be lacking in current board members, so widening the opportunity for positive growth and achievement in meeting the company goals.

To work with the board of Scottish Ice Hockey to deliver its strategic ambition and grow the sport both domestically and internationally. Guide the results of achievement measurement to further enhance the objectives of Scottish Ice Hockey through a strategy of continuous improvement.

The position is by appointment of the current Board of Scottish Ice Hockey and is held for three years with opportunities for reappointment.

Key Accountabilities

The appointed person will or may be required to:

  • Bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision-making.
  • Facilitate change and address conflict within the SIH Board.
  • Review governance performance and skills.
  • Ensure the organisation is managed effectively.
  • Look to upskill and support key roles and activities within the organisation.
  • Disseminate knowledge and lessons learned to Board and wider stakeholders.

Person Specification

The following list is not limited to nor exclusive of the position however appointment to the position will depend on the mix of qualification/experience based on this list:

  • Past or current experience as a Senior Director, Trustee or Committee Member in either sports governance, commercial, voluntary or public sector business context.
  • Significant experience of operating at a senior level in a strategic and operational capacity.
  • Strong leadership and people management skills.
  • Good working knowledge of sport and the public and/or private sectors.
  • Good commercial experience.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong, transparent relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Experience of governance, compliance and risk management and reporting to stakeholders.
  • Ability to support, challenge and manage a relationship with other Board Members and key external stakeholders.

Time Commitment

A minimum of three to four days per month. There are usually six board meetings in a year - these meetings will be both in person and virtual.

Attend Scottish Ice Hockey fixtures and training throughout the season. [recommended not mandatory to gain personal knowledge enhancement].


The position is non-remunerated however, all reasonable out-of-pocket expense incurred on SIH business will be reimbursed.

Equal Opportunities

Scottish Ice Hockey is fully committed to the principles of the equality of opportunity. It is responsible for ensuring that no applicant/member receives less favourable treatment, on the grounds of age, race, disability, parental or marital status, religious belief, sex, gender, social status or sexual orientation, than any other.

Health & Safety, Child [& Vulnerable Persons] Protection Principles

Scottish Ice Hockey is fully committed to the protection of children and vulnerable persons of any age or gender and will maintain child protection policies and procedures to ensure the health safety and wellbeing of anyone within these descriptors or otherwise involved with ice hockey in Scotland.

Unless specifically required as a Board Member this post is not directly involved in this feature of the business of the Company.

Please send CV and cover letter to

Date published: 27 July 2022
Date updated: 02 August 2022


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