CANI seek Non-Executive Directors

Do you have an interest in sport, exceptional management skills, and the desire to put these to good use by volunteering to help run the National Governing Body for paddle sport in Northern Ireland?

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI) is the governing body responsible for the management, co-ordination, development and promotion of canoeing in Northern Ireland. We represent the interests of our members to government, the public and through British Canoeing to the International Canoe Federation.

CANI has recently launched it 2017 – 2021 strategic plan “Canoeing For All” which aims to inspire people to pursue a passion for paddling; for health, enjoyment, friendship, challenge and achievement. There are ambitious targets within the plan to develop all aspects of the sport and CANI Board require additional members to deliver the strategy. This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the implementation of the strategy for the development of Canoeing and to build on the success within the sport.

We are now seeking to appoint three directors for the following roles;

  • Chairperson
  • Finance Director
  • Performance Director

Chairperson Role

CANI seek a chairperson with the ability to set and monitor the direction of CANI set by the strategic plan, to line manage the chief officer and ensure all operational duties are fulfilled and to ensure that all CANI committee members are fulfilling their roles with support and guidance.

Applicants will have experience of chairing committees at a senior level and have the ability to impact developments and governance across the organisation.

Finance Director Role

CANI seek a finance director to ensure that controls and systems are in place to safeguard the financial governance of CANI to the satisfaction of the membership, to provide financial advice and support to the CANI Board and the chief officer and to carry out operational financial matters with the finance officer.

Applicants will have a strong financial background and preferably be an accountant or experienced at financial management.

Performance Director Role

CANI seek a performance director to guide the CANI Board and the chief officer on performance developments within CANI, to support and oversee the development and operations of the CANI performance committee and to advise on strategic matters relating to performance within N.I.



Applicants will have a strong background in a high-performance sports environment and be aware of what is required to create a high-performance environment and pathway.

Experience in these areas is required however no prior experience of canoeing is required, although knowledge or experience of the sport or outdoor activity sectors would be an advantage.

We currently hold monthly board meetings. The meetings usually take place at the CANI office in Belfast. There will be the opportunity to take on additional roles.

Whilst no remuneration is available for these role, all reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed in accordance with the Canoe Association of N.I. expenses policy.

The appointees will serve until the AGM in mid 2018.

CANI is an equal opportunities employer, and applications are welcome from all suitably qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in achieving gender parity and diversity on our Board. We, therefore, welcome applications from individuals who can help us achieve this.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to informal interviews, which will take place as soon as possible after the closing date.

To discuss the roles prior to application: contact the chairperson of CANI, Mark Breen at

To apply: send an email with a letter of application along with a CV and return to on or before the 30th November 2017.

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