BaseballSoftballUK seeks Chair and Independent Board Directors

Thu 21 Dec 2017

BaseballSoftballUK is seeking a Chair and up to three Independent Directors for its Board.  These are voluntary positions with the remit to help form and influence the strategic direction of the organisation.

We would particularly encourage applications from women and ethnic minorities.

Skills and experience‚Äč

As a growing sports development business with a need to develop our external profile, BaseballSoftballUK would be keen to hear from anyone interested in the role who has skills that would be valuable in a Board environment.  However, skills and/or experience in one or more of the areas below would be helpful:

  • Financial / Accountancy
  • Talented Athlete Development
  • Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
  • Insight, Customer Service or Product Development

About BaseballSoftballUK

BaseballSoftballUK is the development agency for baseball and softball in the UK, set up as a joint venture of the British Baseball and Softball Federations, who are our two Members.  Our vision is for our sports to be “played in every park.”  Our key areas of work are growing the number of adults and young people playing regularly in teams and improving the sporting experience for those people who participate in our sports.

The Board

BaseballSoftballUK is a company limited by guarantee.  The company has been incorporated since 2007.  Our Board is made up of made up of up to 12 people, selected for their skills and ability to lead the organisation.  Four of these directors are recruited from the Members and the others are either Independent Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) or Ex-Officio Directors.

The Board meets six times each year, with three of these dates on a Sunday and the rest on midweek evenings.  The Board has a number of sub-committees that meet at least quarterly, including the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, the Development Strategy Committee and the Farnham Park Committee.  Board Directors, particularly Independent Directors, are encouraged to join at least one subcommittee.

The roles

Directors can serve up to three two-year terms.  Time commitment is approximately two days per month (evenings and weekends).  This includes attendance at up to six Board meetings and participation in at least one of the Board sub-committees.  Meetings are held at the BaseballSoftballUK Office in London (Borough, SE1 4YB) and arrangements are made for those only able to join by phone.  Expenses will be paid in accordance with BaseballSoftballUK’s expense policy.

The duties of a Director are:

  • To ensure that BaseballSoftballUK complies with its Articles of Association, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that BaseballSoftballUK pursues its objects as defined in its Articles of Association.
  • To ensure that BaseballSoftballUK applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
  • To contribute actively to the role of Board Director in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of BaseballSoftballUK.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of BaseballSoftballUK.
  • To ensure the financial stability of BaseballSoftballUK.
  • To protect and manage the property of BaseballSoftballUK and to ensure the proper investment of its funds.
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor their performance.

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Director should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions.  This may involve scrutinising Board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance on new initiatives or on other issues in which the Director has special expertise.

Key competencies

  • A high level of objectivity and independent judgement.
  • A high level of integrity and probity.
  • The ability to think and act strategically.
  • An understanding of financial management.
  • An ability to work in partnership.
  • A commitment to equity and equal opportunities.
  • The ability to communicate concisely and effectively.

How to apply

Complete the on-line application form here:

For an informal discussion, please contact John Boyd on 020 7453 7055.

Closing dates

Independent Director – 11:45 pm on Monday 22 Jan 2018.

Chair – 11:45 pm on Monday 14 May 2018.

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