Board Member

Organisation Active Oxfordshire

Location Active Oxfordshire 2nd Floor, Marlborough House, 69 High Street, Kidlington. OX5 2DN

Hours of Work

Salary & Benefits Non-salaried position. Travel and other reasonable expenses can be reimbursed.

Closing Date 19 November


The charity is governed by a Board of Trustees who also act as the members and directors of the CIO.  The CIO aspires to implement the highest standards of corporate governance in line with Charity law and Sport England guidelines, contained in the Sport England (SE) Code of Governance.

Board members help to define, protect, and champion the vision, mission, values, and reputation of the organisation. They also ensure that the Board's decisions take full consideration of the environment in which it operates and that those decisions are made in the best interest of the organisation.

Active Oxfordshire is currently seeking Board members with skills, expertise, and connections to strategic networks to help us achieve our vision and to ensure good governance of all aspects of the organisation.

We are looking for individuals operating at a senior level with experience of successful networking and partnership working who can take a lead in driving forward participation and widening access across Oxfordshire. Board members need to 'champion' Active Oxfordshire and be able to create new opportunities and links to support Active Oxfordshire in developing and achieving its vision. 

Board members will support the Chief Executive and provide strategic direction for the overall work of the organisation but are not required to be involved in the day-to-day detail. 


  • To develop an agreed Active Oxfordshire vision and strategy through actively contributing and feeding back on discussions and draft documentation
  • To be a strong advocate for the work of Active Oxfordshire and for sport in the County
  • To take an overview on the performance of Active Oxfordshire
  • To ensure equality is a thread in all discussions and decision-making processes
  • To comply with the 'Principles of Good Governance' as set out in the SE Code of Governance
  • To add value to the work of Active Oxfordshire using individual skills, knowledge, and experience to assist it to achieve the vision.


  • Ensure Active Oxfordshire operates within the law and agreed levels of governance and authority
  • Act in the CIO's best interests, taking everything relevant into account
  • Respect the company's constitution and decisions taken under it
  • Be diligent, careful, and well informed about the organisation's affairs
  • Understand the importance and purpose of meetings and be committed to preparing adequately and attending regularly
  • Analyse information and appropriately challenge constructively
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality on sensitive and confidential information


To comply, Board member induction, training and development opportunities will be provided.


The member should ideally live or work within or near Oxfordshire and we will consider applications from candidates outside of the County, who do not feel that distance would impede their ability to meet their time commitments and who feel a strong association with Oxfordshire. 


This is a non-salaried position. Travel and other reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. 

Term of office

Maximum of 3 x 3 years 

Time Commitment  

  • As a minimum, attendance, and preparation for: 
  • An induction training event 
  • Four meetings of the Board of Trustees annually and sub-committees if requested
  • Annually development day 
  • Attendance at high profile events / networking / conference (diary permitting) 

Main duties  

  • Support the Chair in the leadership of a high-performing Board 
  • Be an advocate for sport and physical activity across the County 
  • Actively participate in policy development and strategic direction 
  • Contribute to the development of common aims, joint priorities, shared commitments and realise potential funding opportunities 
  • Champion the impact and added value of the Active Oxfordshire Board and the Core Team 
  • Positively promote and raise the profile of Active Oxfordshire 
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the strategy for sport and physical activity in Oxfordshire demonstrating positive impact in participation 
  • Review performance outputs and outcomes facilitated by the Core Team 
  • Review financial information received on a quarterly basis 
  • Monitor levels of continual improvement 
  • Ensure effective communication amongst the networks 
  • Stay abreast of new developments and trends to ensure that Active Oxfordshire is able to respond positively and effectively to them 
  • Take the lead on specific areas of work supported by a member of the Core Team through functional action groups or acting as a mentor 
  • Establish task groups to work on specialist projects as determined by the Board 
  • Read papers and reports in advance of board meetings and respond appropriately 
  • Actively participate in an annual self-review 

Essential Experience  

You must be able to demonstrate through your CV at least one of the areas of expertise below:

  • Marketing, promotions, and creativity 
  • Equality and inclusion, with reference to BAME communities and/or those with disabilities
  • Political influence 
  • Corporate communications 
  • Finance and/or financial management
  • Legal/HR
  • Sports policy and development 
  • Education policy and development 
  • Health policy and development (physical activity-led) 
  • Performance, impact, and improvement 
  • Business/commercial, with risk management 
  • Enterprise / innovation 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Voluntary Sector 
  • Local Government 

Other relevant experience

  • Leading and managing multi-agency partnerships or business.
  • High profile management role in the commercial, public, or voluntary sectors. 
  • Involvement in or understanding of the development of sport and physical activity. 
  • Experience of strategic and business planning and review mechanisms. 
  • Experience of the governance role of non-executive directors and committees (or willingness to learn)

Knowledge, Understanding and Skills  

  • Understanding of local, regional, and national government policy and networks relating to sport and physical activity. 
  • Understanding of partnership working. 
  • Ability to build constructive relationships. 
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others. 
  • Understanding of organisational development and planning for business growth. 
  • Ability to confidently present ideas and arguments and negotiate convincingly. 
  • Skilled communicator and negotiator. 
  • Ability and willingness to act as an advocate for sport to a broad audience. 
  • Understanding and commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity. 

Personal Qualities  

  • Public respect. 
  • Passion for sport and physical activity. 
  • Independence and objectivity
  • Influence and personal acumen. 
  • Discretion. 
  • Well-connected (networks of influence).


Interested applicants are required to complete and submit the following documentation:

  1. A letter of application detailing why you wish to become a board member
  2. A CV detailing your skills and experience to meet the above criteria
  3. Equity data sheet (this will not be used as part of the assessment for Board member positions)
  4. Skills and Knowledge Matrix. This is a self-assessment of the knowledge, skills, and expertise you feel you can offer to the Board, and will be used as part of the recruitment process to ensure that Active Oxfordshire appoints a balanced board

Applications to be submitted by e-mail to: Paul Brivio

The closing date for applications is: 12 November 2018

Interviews to be held on 26 November 2018

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