Sports Grounds Safety Authority Board Members x 2

Body: Sports Grounds Safety Authority
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Board meetings are usually held in London, although the strategic planning meeting outside London.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Board members are paid a day rate of £265 per day. Travel and subsistence is also reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The Board meets approximately 6 times per year, including a two-day strategic planning meeting each year. Additional time will be required to study papers and undertake visits/representational work, such as match visits. At least two Board Members will serve on the Audit and Risk Committee and this will entail a further two meetings plus preparatory work. Visits to sports grounds and engagement at a strategic level with sports clubs and governing bodies will also be required. The likely time commitment is approximately one day per month, though it may be more in the early days as the successful candidate becomes familiar with the organisation and role, or if a board member becomes involved in specific projects normally based around their individual skill set and experience.


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

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Jil Matheson and Jane Sawyers to the board of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority for a period of three years commencing 12 December 2018.

Date: 21/01/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint 2 members of the SGSA Board to replace current Board Members as their terms of office come to an end.

The SGSA (formerly the Football Licensing Authority) is the UK Government’s expert body on spectator safety at sports grounds. Set up after the Hillsborough disaster, its purpose is to ensure sports grounds are safe for everyone. Every weekend it helps millions of people enjoy watching football and other sports in a safe and secure environment. To achieve this, it works with the 92 football clubs in the Premier League and the Football League, Wembley Stadium and Principality Stadium, as well as local authorities, the Premier League, the Football League and the FA to ensure spectator safety is prioritised. It writes guidance, including the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (“the Green Guide”), and carries out a range of statutory functions in relation to football in England and Wales and advisory functions in relation to other sports both within the UK and internationally.

The SGSA Board has a corporate responsibility for:

  • Ensuring that the SGSA delivers against priorities and targets;
  • Ensuring that high standards of probity and corporate governance are observed at all times;
  • Establishing the overall strategic direction of the SGSA within the policy and resources framework agreed with the Secretary of State;
  • Overseeing the delivery of planned results through the monitoring of performance against objectives and targets;
  • Promoting the efficient use of staff and other resources and optimising revenue generating opportunities;
  • Assisting the Chair in ensuring that the SGSA fulfills its current responsibilities as defined in the Management Agreement with DCMS; and
  • Assisting the Chair in delivering the SGSA’s statutory objectives. Board Members may also take on additional responsibilities such as membership of the Audit and Risk Committee. Specific qualities and skills sought

Person Specification

The successful candidates will ideally have held a position of responsibility in either a commercial organisation, public or sports administration, a relevant area of academia, or the safety or security industries, and will have experience, at a senior level, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Architecture or structural engineering;
  • Previous senior responsibility for safety in the Premier League or English Football League;
  • Relevant public safety research or academic study;
  • The police force, specifically counter terrorism.

He or she must also be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives of the SGSA, an interest in spectator sport and an awareness of the principles of spectator safety;
  • They are held in high regard by their peers;
  • Some knowledge of the Government’s policies on sports ground safety;
  • The ability to think strategically at board-level and exercise sound judgment;
  • An ability to represent their own area of expertise in the full range of board discussions;
  • An understanding of the challenges of working in/with a small organisation; a team player; supportive as well as challenging; coaching/mentoring style;
  • An awareness of the principles of corporate governance in the Public Sector and of the Seven Principles of Public Life (these appear in the Declaration of Interest).

Additional Information

Appointments to the SGSA Board are for three years. Subject to the decision of the Secretary of State, members may be reappointed. Public appointments to the SGSA are made by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in accordance with the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

How to Apply

The SGSA welcomes and encourages job applications from people of all backgrounds particularly those currently under-represented on the SGSA Board.

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • completed OCPA 2017 Monitoring Form and Conflicts of Interests Form.

The deadline for applications is 11pm on 3 September 2018. Completed applications should be sent to: Please put ‘SGSA board member’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Patrick Driscoll, Public Appointments Adviser, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ. For queries in relation to SGSA or further information on the role, please contact, Alan Coppin, SGSA Chair, on 020 7930 6693 or If you have any questions regarding the Public Appointments process please contact the DCMS Public Appointments team at:

Conflicts of Interest Form
OCPA Diversity Monitoring Form - June 2018
Conflicts of Interest Guidance
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
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