BBSA seeks 2 Independent Directors

BBSA seeks 2 Independent Directors

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association is seeking to appoint two new Independent Directors to its Board.

An introduction to the BBSA

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) is the national governing body for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton in the UK. The BBSA has won medals at the last six Olympic Winter Games, culminating in an unprecedented three medals (gold and two bronze) in PyeongChang 2018.

As a result, a further £6 million of funding has been committed by UK Sport to support preparations for the British Skeleton team for the Beijing 2022 Olympic cycle.

During the same time period, performances by the bobsleigh team, while relatively successful, are not currently at the level whereby medals in 2022 Winter Olympic Games can be guaranteed and thus UK Sport no longer funds the performance programme for Bobsleigh.

As part of an overarching governance reform process, the BBSA is recruiting for individuals to join its Board of Directors, who will be responsible for the effective and efficient oversight of the two separate performance programmes, as well as the wider interests of the National Governing Body.


The primary function of the Board will be to develop and approve organisational strategies, operational plans and budgets; to monitor the delivery of these through agreed reporting processes; and to identify and manage any risks which arise.

The BBSA is seeking two additional Independent Directors with international level sport experience, ideally in skeleton and bobsleigh. The appointed individuals should have the time and expertise to take a hands-on, supportive role to help drive the BBSA through a period of transition and change, whilst maintaining optimal delivery within the performance programmes.

Responsibilities as a Director

The successful candidates will have the following responsibilities as Directors:

  • Performing their duties, whether statutory, fiduciary or common-law, faithfully, efficiently and diligently to a standard commensurate with both the functions of the role and their knowledge, skills and experience
  • To exercise their powers in their role as a non-executive director having regard to relevant obligations under prevailing law and regulation, including the Companies Act 2006, the UK Corporate Governance Code and associated guidance
  • To exercise relevant powers under, and abide by, the Company’s articles of association and in accordance with the Company’s policies and procedures (and internal control framework)
  • Providing entrepreneurial leadership and an independent perspective to the overall running of the organisation in the best interests of its members/stakeholders
  • To ask constructively challenging questions in order to understand the operation of the organisation fully and test the views of the executive
  • To ensure that the organisation complies with all rules, regulations, laws, codes of practice, guidelines, principles and generally accepted standards of performance and probity
  • To ensure that the assets of the organisation are safeguarded, including taking reasonable steps to detect and prevent fraud and other irregularities
  • To take an active part in Board committees in accordance with their terms of reference
  • To pro-actively scrutinise the performance of the executive and the sub-committees in meeting agreed goals and objectives, and monitor the reporting of performance
  • To establish and maintain financial controls and systems of risk management that are robust and defensible, and to scrutinise the information provided on the implementation of these controls and systems
  • To ensure that s/he understands the objectives and responsibilities of UK Sport
  • To commit sufficient time to the role in light of the need to be more hands-on in the role due to the limited financial resources of the organisation

Specific Experience

The appointed candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding/experience of international level sport, ideally in skeleton or bobsleigh - this may be as a competitor, coach or official
  • Experience of working strategically as a member of a senior management team or Board
  • Openness to acting as a sounding board for other directors
  • Independent judgement
  • An ability and a willingness to speak their mind
  • The capability to develop strong relationships with the organisation’s key stakeholders

The successful candidates will be required to attend and contribute to Board meetings on at least eight occasions per year, and to represent the BBSA at various events.

There is no salary for this position, but reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

To Apply

To apply for this role, please email your curriculum vitae and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 8th September 2019.

The provisional date for interviews is Monday, 16th September 2019.