UK Sport Chair

Body: UK Sport
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: UK Sport offices are in central London – the role will entail travel around the UK.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £40,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: Time commitment for this role will be two days per week on average. The appointment will be for a four year term, commencing in April 2017.


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

Culture Secretary, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, has appointed Dame Katherine Grainger as Chair of UK Sport

Date: 21/04/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    21/04/2017 at 18:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

To lead and enable an engaged and informed Board which provides clear direction in order to set and deliver UK Sport’s vision, mission and objectives.


  • Chair the Board meetings in a manner that encourages participation and information sharing while moving the Board toward consensus and prudent decision making.
  • Ensure the most effective use of the skills and experience of Board Members, and shape the development of the Board and its overall effectiveness.
  • Ensure a positive and collaborative relationship with the CEO, acting as a sounding board on emerging issues.
  • Lead objective setting and performance review of CEO.
  • Ensuring that investment in Olympic and Paralympic sport delivers medal success and contributes to wider positive social and economic benefits for the nation.
  • Driving effective relationships with key stakeholders including Government, the Home Country Sports Councils, Olympic and Paralympic sports, BOA and BPA and other relevant national bodies to deliver UK Sport’s strategic priorities effectively and efficiently.
  • Drive and influence the highest standards of professional, organisational and ethical conduct in national and international sport.
  • Act as an ambassador for UK Sport.



UK Sport is responsible for the strategic investment of over £100 million per annum of Exchequer funding and Lottery income to support the development of the UK’s high performance system to drive medal success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games; and to invest in and support the bidding for and hosting of major sporting events of strategic significance. Find out more at UK Sport:


Person Specification

The Chair will lead UK Sport during a time of increased competitive and economic challenges, when the organisation looks to deliver its ambitious high performance strategy through to Tokyo 2020.  They will have a passion and commitment to delivering UK sporting success on the world stage. They will also have a strong understanding of non-executive leadership, delivering results within a performance-focussed organisation. The Chair will demonstrate a strategic and collegiate approach to objective setting and decision taking with the ability to facilitate focussed and relevant discussions.


Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following skills and aptitudes:

  • A strong track record of strategic leadership in business, public service or sport.
  • A thorough grasp of diversity and inclusion issues, especially the barriers for low participation group
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, and an ability to work across organisational boundaries to promote high standards.
  • A strong grasp of the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability.
  • A clear understanding of the structure of sport in the UK.
  • A performance focussed approach with demonstrable knowledge of high performance sport.


Additional Information

The role is appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport promotes an equal opportunities policy. As black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates are currently under-represented in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME candidates. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments best practice. Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents.


How to Apply

Applications should be made by submitting a CV and supporting statement of two pages maximum which sets out how you meet the essential criteria of the role.

You should state clearly how you meet the criteria outlined in the person/ role specification.

You should also complete the Conflict of Interests Form and OCPA monitoring form. The monitoring form will be kept separately from your application and Conflict of Interests Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet OCPA Code of Practice.

Please return your completed applications to and put ‘UK Sport Chair’ in the subject line.

If you have any questions about the Public Appointments process please contact Nick Dodd in the DCMS Public Appointments Team on 020 7211 6818 or by email at

For information on the role and UK Sport please contact Jo Whittaker at UK Sport on 020 7211 5181 or by email at


Ministerial Message to Candidates
Conflicts of Interest Guidance
Conflicts of Interests Form
OCPA 2017 Monitoring Form
OCPA Complaints Procedure
UK Sport Chair role spec
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