Mar 032021

Non-Executive Director - Welsh Netball

Job Description

Acorn Executive Search supports governing bodies in identifying Non-Executive Directors in order to strengthen their Boards.

Welsh Netball is seeking an enthusiastic and forward-thinking person with specific skills, experience and knowledge relating to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and (EDI) to join its Board.

We are looking for an experienced individual with strong critical thinking skills who can apply independent judgement to work effectively with other non-executive directors. The successful candidate would be required to help the operational team to create an Equality working group that will feed into the Board.

This is a voluntary role with the time commitment 1-2 days per month approximately. There are typically 4-5 board meetings per year.

The Non-Executive Director will be appointed for an initial three-year term and be responsible to the Welsh Netball Board. A non-executive Director is eligible for a maximum of two terms.

Welsh Netball offices are located at the Cardiff and most meetings are held in Cardiff. Under the current climate all meetings are undertaken virtually and will be for the foreseeable.

Welsh Netballs vision is to 'Grow the Game and Inspire Success'. We are committed to be a sector leading National Governing Body of sport in Wales and live our values of Respect, Connect, Inspire and Aspire.

Role Summary

The role of the Board and its members is to supervise the management of Welsh Netball' business and to discharge the responsibilities of its directors under the Companies Act.

  • To be a company director of Welsh Netball and provide leadership and expertise in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, including (desirable) Welsh Language.
  • To advise on the development, implementation, and evaluation of Welsh Netballs approach to EDI
  • Prepare policy papers collaboratively with the operational development lead and undertake specific development projects as directed by the Board.
  • To support Welsh Netball to identify, manage and mitigate any organisational risks associated with EDI
  • To Chair the equality working group - reporting to the Board on the organisations progress towards achieving the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard for Sport and the Silver InSport Award
  • To comment and feedback on Welsh Netball policies, survey results, strategies and activities that have an impact on EDI as appropriate and necessary.
  • To support the delivery of the EDI element of the new Welsh Netball Strategy
  • To ensure that controls and systems are in place to safeguard corporate governance of Welsh Netball and report to membership, through the AGM.
  • To attend and represent Welsh Netball at meetings relevant to the Equality Standard for Sport as agreed (currently expected to be approximately 1 meeting per annuum)

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have a passion for advancing equality and diversity within our sport, and the wider sector.

  • They will have knowledge of the current sporting landscape in Wales and will be aware of the changing political landscape in relation to the role Sport will play in the wider political agenda in Wales.
  • Experience of delivering/supporting initiatives that have made a significant impact in equality, diversity & inclusion in improving provision for groups defined as having protected characteristics under the provision of the Equality Act 2010
  • The successful candidate will be prepared to attend Board meetings, usually a set number per annum with dates agreed in advance and be available for training and development opportunities as agreed by the Board itself.

Role Competencies

  • Commitment to Welsh Netball, its values, goals, and ethics
    • Can inspire with confidence and commitment, ensuring all Board members understand the strategic objectives aligned to EDI and are aware of its duties to those involved with the delivery of these objectives.
  • Understanding of the environment
    • Understanding of the evolving landscape for sport and sport funding in Wales.
  • Influencing skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, with the ability to develop effective and sustainable stakeholder relationships.
  • Understanding of the Equality Act 2010 Awareness of the Welsh Language Act 1993
  • Understanding of good corporate governance
    • Has experience of applying sound governance principles to decision-making, systems, and structures.
  • Highly developed communication skills
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Able to adapt communication and messages to a variety of audiences.
  • Values-based behaviour
    • Displaying integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.
    • Instils trust and confidence and behaves in a fair and ethical manner toward others.
  • Strong analytical skills
    • Ability to analyse and assess information to make effective decisions.
  • Business skills and experience
    • Demonstrate a proven general management track record in complex organisations. This might be within a corporate business, membership, not-for profit, or sporting organisation.

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Welsh Netball

The Wales national netball team represents Wales in international netball competition. The Welsh Netball Association, the governing body for netball in Wales, is responsible for Welsh squad selection, international matches and for the training and development of players.

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