Sport England - Trustee

Body: Sport England
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board and Committee meetings are usually held at Sport England’s head office in London.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Board members’ remuneration includes an optional allowance for attendance at board and committee meetings of £218 per day, this is a taxable payment paid through payroll and subject to deductions, and reimbursement of reasonable travel and subsistence expenses in line with Sport England’s Travel and Expenses policy.
Time Requirements: Board members will be expected to attend about 7 meetings each year and each meeting typically runs to half a day. Additional time will be required for preparatory work. Time commitments for committees, if applicable, would not exceed about 5 meetings each year and each meeting typically runs to about three hours, plus preparatory work.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP has appointed Sue James, Natalie Ceeney and Mohamed Elsarky to the Board of Sport England from 30 April 2018, 1 June 2018 and 29 October 2018 respectively, each for three year terms.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Board members assist the Chairman and the Executives of Sport England in delivering its statutory objectives and in formulating and implementing its other strategic aims, including how the organisation is implementing and delivering against the priorities set out in the Government’s Sporting Future strategy. The board takes overall responsibility for Sport England and its performance.  The board:

  • Sets and agrees the overall strategy and policy for the organisation
  • Approves all grant awards which exceed £2m
  • Approves Sport England’s annual report and accounts
  • Oversees performance management
  • Ensures that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control of major projects Board members may also take on additional responsibilities, such as membership of the Audit, Risk and Governance and Investment Committees

Person Specification

We are keen to broaden the skills and recruit new people to strengthen the existing board and drive Sport England forward. As a member of the board you will share responsibility for the overall direction, vision and strategy of Sport England. A key part of this will involve providing oversight of how Sport England is driving forward the implementation of the Government’s Sporting Future strategy and how it is embedding the strategy’s key outcomes of physical well-being, mental well- being, individual development, social and community development, and economic development in everything that it does.

We are looking for candidates who can bring innovative ideas, enthusiasm for our values, and excellent judgment to help deliver our objectives. You will be prepared to assist our organisation in taking on any future challenges and play a key role in our success.

The successful candidates will have held a position of responsibility in either the public, voluntary or private sectors and will have ability, at a senior level, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Financial and business, which might include audit, investment/venture capital or charity governance expertise
  • Strong commercial background in understanding customer needs and proven track record of meeting them
  • Experience of working in disability inclusive sport
  • Working with underrepresented groups in sport especially women, disabled people or BME communities
  • Strong communications/PR industry background
  • Understanding of how sport and physical activity could be enhanced and/or encouraged by the application of technology and big data
  • Public health or education sectors
  • Delivering or managing behavioural change


Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives of Sport England
  • A good understanding of the UK’s sporting landscape, including the barriers preventing people taking up sport
  • The ability to think strategically at board-level and exercise sound judgment
    A willingness to stimulate rich debate and challenge the executive in a positive and constructive way

Additional Information

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint up to four new Board members to the Sport England Board. The successful candidates will contribute to the
governance of this public body and the delivery of its objectives.

About Sport England
Sport England was established in 1996 by Royal Charter to foster, support and encourage the development of sport and sporting excellence. It is a non-departmental public body, and its sponsoring Government department is the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

What we do
In July 2015, DCMS announced that it would be creating a new cross-government strategy and in December 2015 “Sporting Future – A new strategy for sport” was published. Particular
importance was placed on promoting sport to people from all backgrounds – be it through taking part in activity, watching live events or volunteering. Sport England was also asked to further engage those groups who are not doing sport as regularly as others – such as women, disabled people, those from poorer backgrounds and older people.

Sporting Future clearly explained what needs to be achieved, and Sport England’s strategy “Towards an Active Nation”, announced in May 2016, was developed with these goals firmly in mind. The strategy for sport and physical activity moves beyond merely looking at how many people take part. It considers what people get out of participating and what more can be done to make a physically active life truly transformative, with funding decisions made on the basis of the social good that sport and physical activity can deliver, not simply on the
number of participants. The Government created an outcomes framework, with five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development. Sport England’s strategy must demonstrate how its investment can impact upon these outcomes. You can read the Sporting Future strategy here:

You can read the Towards an Active Nation strategy here: towards-an- active-nation.pdf

Who do we work with?
We are accountable to DCMS and deliver our strategy with a range of partners, some of which are listed below. In order to deliver the new strategy, new partnerships are being
formed with new sectors and the Board has a role in identifying these opportunities.

 UK Sport, to ensure talent systems link seamlessly from grassroots to elite
 National Governing Bodies, whose plans contribute towards the achievement of ouroutcomes
 Local authorities
 Youth Sport Trust, to increase sporting opportunities for children and young people
 Higher and further education institutions and organisation
 County Sports Partnerships
 Equality partners
 Clubs, coaches and volunteers
 Commercial sector

What does our work involve?
 We make strategic investments to achieve our goals. Over the next four years we will invest over £1 billion of Exchequer and National Lottery funding.
 We support our investments by providing advice, expertise and insight to ensure they have the desired impact.
 Statutory consultation on planning applications which threaten playing fields.
 Provision of expertise and advice on planning, facilities, coaching and volunteering.
 Act as advocates for community sport.

You can read more on our website: we-do/

How to Apply

Sport England recognises the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all
backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented groups including women, disabled people or BME.

To apply, please send:
 A CV of no more than three sides of A4
 A supporting statement of no more than three sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of this document
 The two Monitoring Forms concerning your personal information and political activity, and the Declaration of Interests Form

Completed applications should be emailed to: – please put Sport England in the Subject line.

For information about the public appointments process please contact or telephone 0207 211 2314. If you have any queries about the actual roles themselves, please contact Tanya van Niekerk, Board Secretary, Sport England by email at or by phone on 0207 273 1678.

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews.


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