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Board Member, Active Surrey

  • Reference:orbis/TP/143003/20256
  • Positions:2
  • Salary:please see job advert for further information.
  • Category:Executive Senior Management
  • Contract type:Volunteer
  • Working hours:please see job advert for further information.
  • Posted on:11 January 2022
  • Closing date:20 February 2022
  • Directorate:Partnership
  • Location:Surrey

About the role

Please note that this vacancy is not part of Surrey County Council, we are advertising this on behalf of a partnership organisation.

The Board is looking to fill the roles of (i) Senior Independent Director and (ii) Welfare and Safety Lead. These roles may be filled by existing directors or by new directors. Please indicate in your application if, in addition to your role as a Board member, you would like to be considered for either the Senior Independent Director Role or the Welfare and Safety Lead and please indicate the experience or skills you have for assuming either of these roles.

Job details

Senior Independent Board Member; This Member has the following responsibilities:

  • To provide a sounding board for the Chair.
  • To serve as an intermediary for the other Board Members when necessary.
  • To act as an alternative contact for stakeholders to share any concerns if the normal channels of the Chair or the organisation's management fail to resolve the matter or in cases where such contact is inappropriate.
  • To lead on the process to appraise the Chair's performance.

The main duties of Board Members should include:

  • Providing strategic leadership and being a visible role model for the Partnership.
  • Contributing towards making the Board a high performing team.
  • Championing a discrete portfolio, thematic area or aspect of the business plan.
  • Contributing towards ensuring that the Partnership is fit for purpose and continuously improves. Supporting the Partnership's Chair, Managing Director and management team.
  • The main responsibilities of the Board Members include:
  • Strategy development: Actively and constructively contributing to and challenging development of the Partnership's strategy and business plans.
  • Being an advocate for Active Surrey; encourage member agencies to support, and invest in, the Partnership.
  • Decision-making: Ensuring that, in reaching a decision, the Board takes into account any relevant guidance issued by regional and national agencies as well as recommendations from Partnership officers.
  • Delegated authority: Ensuring that the Board operates within the limits of its delegated authority. Board members do not have any individual delegated authority.
  • Financial scrutiny: Ensuring that administrative and other systems of financial control are rigorous and constantly maintained, monitored and developed.
  • Risk management: Ensuring that risk management systems are robust and defensible so that major risks are identified and appropriately managed.
  • Policy setting and endorsement: Setting policy and ensuring that operational management of the Partnership is carried out in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Partnership and its host agency.
  • Overseeing results: Ensuring the delivery of planned results by monitoring and evaluating performance against agreed strategic objectives and targets.
  • Contributing to the work of the Board: Providing effective leadership, contributing to the work of a high performing Board, and being an active team member.
  • Supporting the Chair, other Board Members, Managing Director and other management staff. Planning and monitoring: Read and respond to the Partnership's policies, plans, reports and proposals.
  • Code of conduct, duties and personal liability: Abide by the code of conduct for all Active Surrey Board Members.

Welfare and Safety Lead Under the amended Sports Governance Code; there is a requirement to appoint a director to take a lead at a board level to ensure that the welfare and safety of Active Surrey's members and people (including but not limited to employees, participant and volunteers) are factored into the decisions Active Surrey makes. In the case of this current recruitment, we are particularly interested in candidates who bring knowledge and experience in any of the following:

  • Working with people with disabilities/long term health conditions/poor mental health and/or older people.
  • Knowledge of or experience in the voluntary, community or social enterprise sector.
  • A knowledge of safeguarding and/or people development. Digital expertise.
  • A background in measurement, evaluation & learning.

Additional information

Remuneration; These are non-salaried positions. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Location; Partnership meetings and events will be held across Surrey.

Term; Three years with the opportunity to be considered for reappointment for a second term.

Time commitment; As a minimum, attendance and preparation for:

  • An induction training event.
  • Four meetings of the Board annually either virtually or face to face.
  • Participate in a committee with between 2-4 meetings per year.
  • Represent the Board at Active Surrey conferences, programmes and events as appropriate to your Board responsibilities.

Other appropriate contributions will be considered and agreed following appointment.

Eligibility Board Members should, preferably, either live or work within Surrey (as defined by the Surrey County Council area). Independent Board Members will be appointed following an open, publicly advertised recruitment process. A person is independent if they are free from any close connection to the organisation and if, from the perspective of an objective outsider, they would be viewed as independent. Examples of a 'close connection' include:

  • They are or have within the last four years been actively involved in the organisation's affairs, e.g., as a representative of a major sponsor or main funder.
  • They are or have within the last four years been an employee of Active Surrey; or
  • They have close family ties with any of Active Surrey's Board Members or senior employees.

For an informal conversation about the position, contact Managing Director, Elizabeth Duggan (07970 257412 or Board Chair, Richard Gray (07970 643520; Please send your CV and an accompanying statement (max 2 sides of A4) explaining your interest and motivation in applying and what you believe you can contribute to Active Surrey to

About the organisation

As an independent, not-for-profit Active Partnership, we focus on providing leadership and support to hundreds of stakeholders and partner organisations to achieve Surrey's collective goal to be the most physically active county in England. Active Surrey is a well-respected and valued organisation with high levels of partner, customer and staff satisfaction. Every year we broker collaborative relationships between organisations, deliver impactful events from conferences to multi-sport extravaganzas, initiate new activity programmes and train teachers, coaches and young leaders. Our work is increasingly targeted, with the focus on tackling inequality and working where the need is greatest.

  • Updated: 22 Jan 2022