British Weight Lifting

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British Weight Lifting, the National Governing Body for the sport of weightlifting, is looking to recruit a Non Executive Chair to lead the sport through the next four year cycle to Rio 2016. This is an exciting time for the organisation after its successful funding bid to Sport England and UK Sport provide a strong platform on which to build on the progress made over the last four years.

As the leading provider of lifting focused competition, education and development opportunities for lifters and coaches, BWL will be looking to use its position to enhance sport participation over the next four years as well as build on 2012 success to deliver competitive weightlifting and power lifting teams for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

The role

  • Lead and manage the Board in the development of vision strategy and policies in collaboration with senior management and Board members
  • Represent and champion British Weight Lifting at the highest level in terms of advocacy with relevant politicians, civil servants and key stakeholders
  • Lead the Board in its responsibility for governance, financial stability and the most appropriate use of funds
  • Ensure that the Association operates in accordance with the decisions of the Board and the Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Ensure that appropriate steps are taken such that the Association is perceived by the sporting community, media and general public to be a well-managed, effective and successful organisation
  • Provide advice, counsel and mentoring to senior management and members of the Board

Main duties

  • To chair Board meetings ensuring that appropriate agendas and supporting information are available
  • To make a major contribution to leading and developing organisational strategy
  • To play a key role in enabling the Association to deliver its plans and achieve its operational challenges
  • To act between meetings to ensure that actions are authorised and Board decisions are acted upon
  • To work with senior management to promote the delivery of the vision, strategy and  policies
  • To lead the Board’s evaluation of its own performance and oversee implementation of any required changes
  • To be aware of the Association’s performance in all areas, mentoring and appraising senior management within the Association’s performance development and management processes
  • To act as an important conduit liaising with major stakeholders

Key skills, experience and required qualifications

  • Commitment to and empathy with the Association’s identity, purpose and values
  • An understanding of the United Kingdom sporting landscape
  • Evidence of commitment to the development of sport at large and a credibility and respect within this sector
  • A passion for the sport and a willingness to operate in close harmony with its grass roots
  • An ability to drive strategic change
  • Significant experience of chairing committees or boards with a varied composition
  • An understanding of governance in voluntary organisations and a commitment to corporate governance best practice
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a Chair
  • A proven track record of strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills
  • An ability to develop effective, sustainable partnerships
  • Possession of demonstrable independence, impartiality and integrity
  • The ability to support, challenge and manage relationships with staff
  • An effective communicator who can represent the Association externally and internally and be its public face
  • Strong business acumen and an understanding of a not for profit organisation
  • Accessibility to the Association’s headquarters in Leeds
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

Remuneration and commitment

It is envisaged that the role will require an average commitment of a maximum of two days a month.

It is envisaged that an annual honorarium will be paid.

The post will be for a minimum of 12 months but subject to funding it may apply for the whole of the forthcoming funding cycle.


Applications together with CV to be sent by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

by 21st February 2013.