Sport Wales - Appointment of 3 Board Members

Body: Sports Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: The Board meets in different locations across Wales.
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: The post of Board Member will be paid at £282 per day. Travel and other reasonable expenses that might be incurred in carrying out work on the Board can be claimed from Sport Wales within the recognised limits. You may also be eligible to claim reimbursement for costs in relation to child care/care of the elderly/assistant carer, whilst carrying out work on behalf of the Board.
Time Requirements: Members will be expected to be available to work a minimum of 2 days per month.


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

The Minister for Culture, Sport & Tourism has appointed four members Judi Rhys, Professor Leigh Robinson, Martin Veale and Phil Tilley to the board of Sport Wales.

Date: 04/06/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    04/06/2018 at 17:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description



The Board of Sport Wales provides leadership and governance to Sport Wales and performs the important role of scrutinising all of Sport Wales’s investments and activities. It also shapes its future goals.

Board Members have individual and collective responsibility to the Welsh Government through the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport.

Board Members are expected to:

  • Have an understanding of and actively promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and the positive benefits they have for society;
  • Have a clear vision as to how Sport Wales can continue to contribute as a main deliverer of Government policy on sport and thus have an understanding of the Welsh Government and how the public sector in Wales functions;
  • Have excellent scrutiny and analytical skills to support and challenge the Executive effectively, to ensure that Sport Wales meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;
  • Ensure Sport Wales achieve value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and propriety;
  • Participate in the corporate planning process, including agreeing annual budget plans for operational programmes and corporate activities;
  • Have a clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s “Seven Principles of Public Life’;
  • Act in a way that promotes high standards of propriety and public finance;
  • Have a good understanding of corporate responsibility and risk management to ensure that Sport Wales’ activities are conducted effectively and efficiently;
  • Have an enquiring mind, good listening skills and ability to understand complex situations/reports;
  • Have a willingness and commitment to attend and actively participate at Board meetings and key activities between meetings;
  • Appoint, with the Welsh Government’s approval, a Chief Executive, should the need arise.

Person Specification



  • An understanding of public life and the principles of good governance;
  • Excellent communication skills and a track record of working with others to achieve objectives;
  • Ability to think logically and objectively and analyse complex information in order to identify key issues and make effective decisions;
  • A demonstrable commitment to increasing levels of physical activity across Wales;
  • An understanding of the diverse communities of Wales and a commitment to promoting diversity;
  • Senior experience of at least one of the following:
    – The application of digital technology and innovation;
    – Tackling inequalities through engaging the disengaged;
    – Extensive experience working in the Education Sector;
    – Audit and Legal Experience

Welsh Language

Welsh Language Skills are considered as ‘desirable’ for all Board Member posts, at the level specified below:

Understanding – Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics Reading – can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding

Speaking – Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh Writing – can write basic messages on everyday topics.

This means that it would be an advantage for applicants to understand and speak basic conversations in Welsh and read and write some basic or simple material, if all other essential criteria has been met.

Additional Information

The Role and Responsibilities of Sport Wales

Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and active lifestyles. Sport Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored Public Body and is funded largely by grant-in-aid from the Welsh Government.  It is also responsible for distributing funds from the National Lottery to sport in Wales.

Sport Wales was established by Royal Charter in 1972. The four objectives set down when the Sports Council for Wales (now trading as Sport Wales) are to:

  • Increase participation in sport and active recreation;
  • Raise standards of performance and excellence;
  • Improve the provision of sporting facilities;
  • Provide technical information and advice about sport, recreation and active lifestyles.

The full Royal Charter can be found here: charter.doc

Sport Wales operates two national centres; the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff and the Plas Menai National Watersports Centre in North Wales.

Sport Wales’ operational priorities and performance targets are informed by, and respond to, the annual remit letter from the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport which sets out his strategic priorities; any specific policies and action plans; and the wider policies and priorities of the Welsh Government.

Sport Wales subscribe to the Welsh Government’s vision for a physically active and sporting nation, as outlined in their strategies Climbing Higher and Creating an Active Wales.

Sport Wales aims to improve the level of sports participation at grassroots level but also provide our aspiring athletes with the support required to compete successfully on the world stage.

The wider policies and priorities of the Welsh Government are set out in Prosperity for All ( and  the Well Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015).  Together these set the framework against which  Sport Wales’ specific goals are established, and require it to integrate all its work into supporting of all of the seven well being goals as well as the five governance elements of the Sustainable Development Principle.

In 2017 a Review of Sport Wales was commissioned by the then responsible Minister. The report and the Minister’s response

formed the basis for Sport Wales commencing a review with stakeholders of its future strategy which will be completed in the summer of 2018. The new Chair and board will have as a priority the delivery of this new strategy.

You can find out more about Sport Wales by visiting as well viewing the corporate film  available on

How to Apply

To make an application please visit the Welsh Government public appointment website here

To apply for this role, click on the Board Member vacancy and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left hand corner.

The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to upload a personal statement and CV to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

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