Job Description

Job Description
Full details are contained within the Information Pack available from

Main Duties and Responsibilities
An Independent Director should bring innovation, skills and expertise that will drive forward the strategic agenda of the Board. There should be a constructive challenge of proposals so that decisions made by the Board achieve the best outcome.
An independent director must balance the need to remain independent of the operational day-to-day business of the sport while maintaining a level of knowledge that will enable them to ask tough, objective questions.
They should be able to scrutinise operational and financial performance to be satisfied as to the integrity of management information. Specifically, an Independent Director must be able to scrutinise, assess and constructively challenge financial controls and risk management systems to ensure they are robust and defensible.
Fiduciary Duties
• To act as a Director of British Orienteering in the best interests of the company, with honesty and in good faith towards its members, employees, principal funding partners, sponsors and of the communities within which British Orienteering operates.
• To use such personal and professional skills together with such contacts, experience and judgement as they may possess with integrity and independence to optimise both the short-term and the long-term performance of British Orienteering.
• To play a full part in enabling the Board to arrive at balanced and objective decisions in the performance of its agreed role and functions, in line with British Orienteering’s Board Terms of Reference.
• To ensure that the objectives of the company, as agreed by the Board, are fully, promptly and properly carried out.
• To act in the way they consider, in good faith, would be most likely to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members as a whole.
• To act as Board Champion for safeguarding and diversity on the Board
Time and commitment
The role is estimated to take one day a month, including four full-day Board meetings per annum. Additional Board teleconferences take place in between these (typically 2/3 times per year. The role may also involve meetings with stakeholders as required, liaison with the Chief Executive, and attendance at staff team meetings from time to time. In the last 12 months, board meetings have been held remotely via Teams.
Board meetings currently alternate between central London, Birmingham and Manchester, although alternative venues will be considered depending on the geographical spread of the Board members, and options for remote/virtual attendance may be available.
The role is voluntary and unpaid. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

How to apply
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS Information pack available from Peter Hart Application is by submission of a full CV and a covering letter to addressing the role description, your motivation and values alignment. The deadline for applications is 17.00 on Friday, 19 February 2021. Individuals wishing to discuss the role further prior to application can contact the current Chair of British Orienteering, Drew Vanbeck, at or the CEO. Peter Hart at Candidates who successfully progress from application stage will be invited to an interview which will be held via conference call w/c 15 March 2021. Independent Directors are appointed for a fixed term of three years, renewable for a further two terms of office.