Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) Board Members

Body: Sports Grounds Safety Authority
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: 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 likely time commitment is approximately one day per month.


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

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport appoints two new Members to the Board of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA).
The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP has appointed Dr Rimla Akthar MBE and Janet Johnson as SGSA Board Members for three years from 10 October 2017

Date: 09/10/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/06/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    09/10/2017 at 09:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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

About the SGSA

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, our purpose is to ensure that all spectators can enjoy watching sport in safety. Every weekend we help millions people enjoy watching football and other sports in a safe and secure environment.

To achieve this, we work 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.  We write guidance including the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (“the Green Guide”) and carry 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. Our core statutory functions are set out in the Football Spectators Act 1989 and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority Act 2011. We have an important statutory responsibility to regulate local authorities in their oversight of safety at the 92 football clubs in the Premier League and the Football League, and at Wembley and the Principality Stadium football grounds. We also issue licences to those 94 stadia that enforce the Government’s all-seater policy.

The UK’s expertise on sports ground safety is respected globally. Our core guidance document, the Green Guide, is used internationally by stadia designers, architects and others working in sport safety and is considered to set the standard in safety at sports grounds.

The SGSA is an arms’ length body of around 20 people with an annual budget of around £1.5million. We have a small London HQ at Blackfriars with other staff working from home across the country.  The Chair, Alan Coppin, was appointed in April 2015. The Chief Executive Karen Eyre-White, took up her post in July 2015 and is on secondment from the Home Office.

For more detail about the roles, and SGSA, please read the full role description attached.

Responsibilities of the Board

The 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.

Person Specification

The SGSA encourages applications from individuals with a diversity of skills, experience and knowledge.

The mix of skills and experience across the Board currently includes business, risk management, legal, health and safety and equality, sports venue management, architecture and structural engineering.

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

  • Finance and/or business, which might include risk expertise and intellectual property
  • Consultancy in international markets
  • Accessibility;
  • Local government
  • The police force, specifically counter terrorism;
  • Government regulation, or
  • Safety management.

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;
  • 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 form)

Additional Information

You can find out more about the work of  SGSA at their website –

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of the specification;
  • completed OCPA 2017 Monitoring Form and Conflicts of Interests Form.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 19 June.  Completed applications should be sent to:   Please put SGSA board members in the subject title.  Alternatively, they can be posted to Stephanie Legg, 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 Stephanie Legg, in the DCMS in the Public Appointments team on 020 7211 2314 or

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held in central London (dates to be confirmed).

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