British Paralympic Association - Chair of the Board

LocationThe BPA is based at 101 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6XH. Board meetings will take place in London and virtually. Other meetings can take place anywhere in the country. Some foreign travel will also be necessary.
Hours of WorkThe appointment is for a three-year term, and a further four year term may be served. The term will start on 1 December 2021. A board meeting and strategy away day is planned for 15/16 December 2021 in central London.
Salary & BenefitsThe role is voluntary. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Closing Date24 Sep

Job Description

About Us


Established in 1989, the BPA is the UK's largest national disability sport charity. It is the National Paralympic Committee for the UK, responsible for the promotion of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain and selecting, entering and funding the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team. 

ParalympicsGB is the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team competing at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. We know that the outstanding performances of our athletes have a powerful impact on the British public and can shift perceptions of disability in society, helping to inspire a better world for disabled people

We are seeking a new Chair of the British Paralympic Association, the organisation responsible for representing the UK's Paralympic movement and sending teams to the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

The Chair will join us at an exciting time, less than six months until the Paralympics in Beijing 2022, less than three years to Paris 2024 and looking ahead to Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032.

BPA Chair duties

Duties include but are not limited to:

Meeting/ event attendance

  • Chairing each of the five board meetings per annum plus the annual strategy away day, which is usually linked to a Board meeting.
  • Attendance at relevant sub committees (as appropriate and to be agreed).
  • Chairing the National Paralympic Committee (held twice a year).
  • Regular engagement with the CEO.
  • Stakeholder engagement (UK Sport, EIS, BOA, DCMS, IPC and other NPCs).
  • Attendance at IPC events.
  • Attendance at The Paralympic Games
  • Other events, as required, to increase awareness/ profile of the BPA.

Organisation leadership

  • Actively leading in setting the BPA's strategic direction and its aims and objectives, in accordance with its values.
  • Support, monitor and review the operational delivery work of the CEO.
  • Optimise the relationship between the Board, the CEO and the BPA's staff.
  • Contribute to effective decision making, information sharing processes and positive group dynamics.

Strategic planning and development

  • Review the performance of the BPA's CEO and their senior management team in meeting agreed strategy, goals and objectives.
  • Lead the Board in monitoring the reporting of performance including progress against the operational/ business plan.
  • Lead regular and constructive challenge and review of the BPA's strategy.
  • Use specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, or providing advice and guidance on new initiatives.

Communication and representation

  • Be an ambassador for the BPA both in the UK and internationally.  
  • Strengthen and build relationships with members as well as existing and new stakeholders in the UK and internationally.
  • Act as a champion/ advocate of the BPA's vision, values and mission at all times, safeguarding the good name of the BPA and Paralympic sport.
  • Be committed to proactively valuing diversity and equality of opportunity.

Finance and income generation

  • Lead the Board in demonstrating due skill, care and good faith in exercising fiduciary responsibility with the aim of ensuring financial stability of the BPA.
  • Scrutinise reports from the Finance and Audit Committee and be satisfied that the integrity of financial information, financial controls and systems of risk management are robust, fit for purpose and defensible.

Governance responsibilities

  • Lead the Board in ensuring that the activities, policy and practices of the BPA are in keeping with its objects, as defined in its Articles, that it functions effectively and fulfils its governance responsibilities.
  • In liaison with the CEO and Company Secretary ensure that appropriate and relevant meeting agendas are set.
  • Lead the Board in exercising its responsibilities and functions, ensuring effective discussion/ scrutiny of board papers and that decisions taken by the Board are implemented.
  • Working with the Nomination Committee, recruit Directors/Trustees as required.
  • Conduct annual reviews with individual Board members as well as Board self-assessments and review.


  • Take part in reflection, learning and development sessions as necessary.
  • Fulfil such other duties and assignments as may be required from time to time in consultation with the wider Board, CEO and Executive Team.

The recruitment process

How to apply

All applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • A CV no longer than two pages of A4. 
  • A supporting statement/ cover letter explaining why you are interested in this role and detailing how you meet the skills we are seeking. We recommend that this is no longer than two pages.
  • A completed, optional Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

Please send these to Please put 'Chair Appointment' in the Subject line.


  • The closing date for all applications is midday on Friday 24 September 2021. 
  • Short listed candidates will be notified by Thursday 30 September 2021.
  • First interviews will take place in London on Monday 4 October 2021.
  • Second interviews, if required, will take place on Friday 8 October 2021.

Interviews will be carried out by the Chair Nomination Group acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees. This is chaired by Chris Brown, Independent NED and has the following members: David Ross and Kate Adams, Independent NEDS; Anne Wafula Strike and Helen Rowbotham, Elected Directors; and Mark Draisey, nominated by the members of the National Paralympic Committee.

Contact us

Please contact us if you wish to have an informal discussion about the role/ organisation or if you have any other questions to help you decide whether to apply. 

You can contact: 


Closing Date12pm 24 Sep 2021
Interview DateMonday 4 October 2021.
ContactChris Brown