UK Anti-Doping - 2x Non-Executive Directors

Body: UK Anti-Doping
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Culture, Media & Sport, Regulation
Location: UKAD’s office from April 2021 will be in Croydon. UKAD is intending to relocate many of its roles to offices on the Loughborough University Campus in the future.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Remuneration is currently set at £215 per day.
Time Requirements: Time commitment will be up to 3 days per month.


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 5th April

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 3rd May

  • Announcement

    15th July 2021


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking to appoint two new Board Members of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). UKAD is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DCMS.


UKAD is the United Kingdom’s independent National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) and was set up in 2009. UKAD is responsible for the implementation of the Government’s National Anti-Doping Policy for sport. Dedicated to protecting clean sport, it has established itself as a world leading NADO. Through the use of intelligence and investigations together with well-developed education and testing programmes, UKAD has been highly successful in deterring doping and catching athletes and athlete support personnel guilty of Anti-Doping Rule Violations. 


UK Anti-Doping have identified they require additional skill sets to expand their opportunities for commercial income growth, and continue to develop  technology and techniques to retain their status as a world-leading NADO. UK Anti-Doping are therefore looking to appoint two new Non-Executive Directors with those skills and experience not currently reflected on the board; namely Data Analysis and Commercial/Marketing. These roles will further help UKAD continue to develop its anti-doping activities and champion wider sport integrity.


The Role

The UKAD Board is appointed by the Secretary of State for DCMS and is made up of seven non-executive Board Members, including the Chair. 


Responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Establishing the overall strategic direction of the organisation, working collaboratively with the Chair and a broad range of key stakeholders;  
  • Holding the UKAD executive to account, and providing assurance to government as UKAD’s principal funders.
  • Acting as a strong advocate for the work of UKAD, including working to ensure effective communication with key partners and stakeholders (e.g. Government, UK Sport, the Home Country Sports Councils, law enforcement agencies and National Governing Bodies) both in the UK and internationally; 
  • Attending Board meetings, committees and panels as appropriate; 
  • Ensuring good governance, monitoring performance and helping to develop a supportive relationship with the executive staff to deliver a corporate strategy; and
  • Ensuring that UKAD observes the highest standards of ethical and corporate behaviour at all times and that the organisation’s reputation is protected and promoted

Person Specification

The People

The successful candidates will join an ambitious team that faces challenges posed by the increased sophistication of doping in sport. They will demonstrate UKAD’s values of integrity, teamwork, excellence, and passion. 


Essential Criteria

All candidates will need to demonstrate in their application that they meet the majority of following essential criteria to a high standard:

  • A strong record in strategic decision-making and planning at a senior level in the private or public sector;  
  • A good grasp of both the Nolan principles of Public Life, and the significance of integrity in sports;
  • The ability to understand the governance requirements placed on an arms-length body;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and representational skills;
  • The ability to win the respect of, negotiate with, and influence, senior members of government, sports and law enforcement agencies, and other key stakeholders; and    
  • The ability to work well with people from different backgrounds and a commitment to improving diversity and equality.


Additional Criteria

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas:


Commercial and Marketing:

  • The ability to provide Board-level insight in areas of marketing, commercial sponsorship and/or strategic communications;
  • The ability to identify commercial opportunities for marketing of potential UKAD products; and
  • An understanding of options for sponsorship and fundraising, and of the broader sports sponsorship environment.


Data Analytics

  • The ability to provide Board-level insight on the use and development of data analytics and artificial intelligence, and implementation in an operational environment;
  • Previous experience of working with data analytics including financial, technical and business opportunities; and
  • An understanding of the development of organisational IT strategies and delivering benefits and efficiencies from them.

Additional Information

Term of appointment is 3-4 years, subject to agreement.

Further information about UKAD can be found at: 

For information on the role, or to arrange an informal conversation with UKAD’s Chair or Senior Independent Director, please contact:

Joanna Innes-Hopkins 


How to Apply

To apply, please send the following four documents:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards;
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of the role specification;
  • The Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Monitoring Form. The Diversity Form will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Completed applications should be sent to:, please put ‘UKAD Director’ in the subject title along with the specific additional criteria you are applying under.

For queries about your application, or the application process, please contact the Campaign Manager:

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria. If you want to apply under this scheme, simply state this in the covering email or letter when submitting your application.

If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments during the process, please also indicate this in the covering email or letter. The closing date for applications is 11pm on 18th March.

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, please contact

Supporting information

This process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA‘s) Code of Practice. All applicants are expected to have adhered to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Conflicts of Interest

Candidates must note the requirement to declare any interests they may have that might cause questions to be raised about their approach to the business of UK Anti-Doping. They are required to declare any relevant business interests, shareholdings, positions of authority, retainers, consultancy arrangements or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies, both for themselves and for their spouses/partners. The successful candidate will be required to give up any conflicting interests and his/her other business and financial interests may be published.

Political Activity

To allow the panel to explore conflicts of interest, and in particular political activity, with the candidates in the context of their ability to perform in the role, candidates should declare any significant political activity which they have undertaken in the last five years. This information will only be provided to the panel for those applicants selected for interview. Details of the successful candidate’s declared political activity will be published when the appointment is announced.

Due Diligence

As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Advisory Assessment Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview. The information may also be shared with Ministers and Cabinet Office.

Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies
Declaration of Conflicts of Interest Form
Diversity Monitoring Form
Diversity Monitoring Form
OCPA Complaints Procedure
Public Appointments Privacy Notice 2020
UK Anti-Doping Directors - Job Description
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