UK Sport Board Opportunities

Body: UKSport
Appointing Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sectors: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: These roles receive an attendance allowance of £218 per day.
Time Requirements: The term of these appointments is three years. On average the roles will require a commitment of two days per month. There are usually six Board meetings per year and Board Members may be asked to contribute up to one day per quarter as a member of a Panel or sub-committee, plus occasional ad hoc meetings.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking to appoint two individuals as Board Members of UK Sport. UK Sport is a non-departmental public body, sponsored by DCMS.

About UK Sport

UK Sport is the nation’s high-performance sports agency, funded by the Government and The National Lottery. Its vision is a nation inspired by Olympic and Paralympic success, and the mission is to drive and showcase British medal success on the world stage. UK Sport’s investment and strategic direction helped British sports and athletes deliver 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals at London 2012, four Olympic and six Paralympic medals at Sochi 2014 and a record 67 Olympic and 147 Paralympic medals at Rio 2016.

The role

The UK Sport is currently made up of 10 non-executive Board Members, including the Chair and representatives from the Sports Councils of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Board is appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

UK Sport is now seeking to appoint two additional Members to their Board.

Board objectives and responsibilities

The Board contributes to the strategic vision of UK Sport, including the following key objectives:

  • Delivering sustained success in Olympic and Paralympic Sport.
  • Maximising the inspirational impact of British elite athletes to deliver sporting, social and economic benefits.
  • Hosting a world-leading portfolio of international sporting events.

Within this wider remit individual Board Members support the Chair and CEO in:

  • Building effective partnerships in the UK with key stakeholders including Government, the Home Country Sports Councils, Olympic and Paralympic sports, BOA and BPA and other national bodies.
  • Making a positive impact on the development of sport in the international sporting environment.
  • Promoting good practice, corporate leadership and people development within the organization of UK Sport.
  • Driving and measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of UK Sport as a body.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

All candidates must be able to demonstrate awareness and ability in the following areas:

  • A clear understanding of the structure of sport in the UK and demonstrable knowledge of high performance sport.
  • Strong experience in strategic decision-making and planning at a senior level in the private or public sector.
  • A strong grasp of the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, and an ability to work across organisational boundaries to promote high standards.
  • A thorough grasp of diversity and inclusion issues, especially the barriers for low participation groups.

Additional criteria

In addition to the essential criteria, UK Sport is seeking to enhance the knowledge and experience of the Board in a number of key areas. Successful candidates will therefore be expected to demonstrate capabilities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Performance: Experience of working within or alongside the high performance sports sector.
  • Commercial: Ability to develop high value partnerships within the UK sports sector.
  • Innovation: Ability to use innovation and technology to aid the delivery of UK Sport’s objectives.
  • Major Events: Ability to advise on major event hosting strategy, impact and investment.


Additional Information

In addition to their role on the Board, Members are asked to contribute to the work of a number of formal and informal UK Sport advisory panels as follows:

  • Audit Committee: Not less than three UK Sport Board Members one of whom will act as Chair of the Committee.
  • Major Events Panel:  Not less than two UK Sport Board Members one of whom will act as Chair of the Panel.
  • Remuneration Committee: Not less than three Board Members including the Chair of the Board who shall act as Chair of the Committee.
  • Mission 2016/2020 Panel: Not less than one Board Member with Performance expertise.
  • Eligibility Sub Committee: Not less than three Board Members.
  • The English Institute of Sport (a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport servicing the science, medical and technology needs of UK funded athletes and sports): UK Sport has the right to appoint three Directors to the EIS Board and one shall be the Chair of EIS. None of these need be UK Sport Board Members but current practice is to have one UK Sport Board Member plus UK Sport’s Director of Performance.
  • Ad hoc working groups: Set up from time to time.


How to Apply

Applications should be made by submitting a CV and supporting statement of two pages maximum which sets out how you meet the criteria of the role.

You should state clearly how you meet the criteria outlined in the person/ role specification.

You should also complete the Conflict of Interests Form and OCPA monitoring form. The monitoring form will be kept separately from your application and Conflict of Interests Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet OCPA Code of Practice.

Please return your completed applications to and put ‘UK Sport Board Members’ in the subject line. Alternatively you can send a hard copy of your application to the Public Appointments Team, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament StreetSW1A 2BQ.

If you have any questions about the Public Appointments process please contact Kerry Allison in the DCMS Public Appointments Team on 020 7211 2813  or by email at

For information on the roles and UK Sport please contact Jo Whittaker at UK Sport on 020 7211 5181 or by email at

Conflicts of Interests Form
Conflicts of Interest Guidance
OCPA Monitoring Form
OCPA Complaints Procedure
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