Board Member - Herts Sports Partnership
Position: Board Member
Organisation: Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership (HSP)
Location: University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts. AL10 9EU
Are you looking to help shape sport and physical activity in Hertfordshire? We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is passionate about promoting participation in sport and physical activity to enhance the lives of Hertfordshire residents.
The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership is an award winning organisation that was established in 2003. We are one of the 44 County Sport Partnerships in England that were created as part of the long-term plan for delivering sport across the nation. Known as HSP, the Partnership is led by a Board of voluntary representatives and has a core team of full and part-time professionals all of whom are passionate about the work carried out by the Partnership. The HSP team works alongside numerous partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors, bringing together expertise, resources and ideas from all parts of the sports, health and physical activity arena in Hertfordshire and beyond. The partnership has recently been awarded “QUEST Outstanding” for the second time making us the first county sports partnership to do so.
With a role as the strategic lead for the development of sport and physical activity within Hertfordshire, the work of HSP is fundamental to many services delivered across public, private and third sector. HSP is also a key advocate for, and a champion of sport and physical activity for investment and recognition across a broad range of social, health and economic outcomes.
The precise focus and direction of the work of the organisation is shaped by a strategy, developed in collaboration between the Board and core team. It is created and revised at least annually and drives the delivery of the core objectives, informing a delivery plan which details the work of the core staff team.
The Herts Sports Partnership is hosted by the University of Hertfordshire and operates under their policies and procedures.
We have one vacancy on our board which comprises 12 members. As a stakeholder organisation, membership will reflect the make-up of our work. Wherever possible we will seek to appoint board members to reflect this e.g. in terms of age, ethnic background, social class and life experiences, gender and disability. We are required to have a minimum of 30% of each gender on our board. Currently, we have a disproportionate amount of males to females and are looking to address this.
As a board member you will:
- Drive the strategic direction of HSP
- Actively promote and further our work through building partnerships
- Have oversight of the work of the Board, providing input and challenge
Positions are non-executive and not salaried, however expenses can be claimed where appropriate.
Members must be able and willing to attend 3 out of 4 Board meetings each year, with other events optional. Meetings are held at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. They are held on a weekday morning and last for 2 – 3 hours.
Members will live or work in Hertfordshire, or have a key role with an organisation based in the county.
Skills and attributes
An understanding and empathy of the current sporting landscape with a passion for physical
activity and sport will be needed for the successful candidate. You will have knowledge of the contribution participation in sport and physical activity makes to overall health and wellbeing. You will have excellent communication skills and be able to build relationships with a wide range of partners to develop our network. You will have personal integrity with a commitment to maintaining high standards in public life.
All board members are asked to complete a knowledge and skills matrix annually. This enables the partnership to offer training on areas identified by board members.
For further information please read through our Governance framework and Strategic Plans which can be downloaded on the links below:
To view videos of some of our work please click on the links below:
If you would like to chat to us to find out more information, please contact John O’Callaghan (Partnership Director) on 01707 284229.
Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter outlining why you would like to become a board member to:
John O’Callaghan email: email@example.com
Closing date: 15th December 2017