British Orienteering Chair

Organisation British Orienteering

Location Tansley

Hours of Work Part-time

Salary & Benefits Voluntary Role

Closing Date 09 November


British Orienteering Chair

An exciting opportunity exists to become Chair of British Orienteering, the national governing body for orienteering in the UK, and to succeed the current Chair, Judith Holt who is standing down to at the Annual General Meeting in April 2019. Judith is handing on the role of chair a year before the end of her nine-year term on the board in order to offer continuity.

About British Orienteering 

British Orienteering is the national sports governing body for the sport of orienteering in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1967 and currently has around 10,000 members and a further 38,500 participants take part in the sport on an annual basis.
We are a growing sport, striving to build on our past success by expanding our participation base into new markets and aiming to continue our record of punching above our weight in international competitions.

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, with over 10,000 individual members, a staff of ten, and a turnover in 2017 of £812,889. In the summer of 2022 we will host the World Orienteering Sprint Championships in the City of Edinburgh.

However, the external environment is changing with central government not funding core services and British Orienteering not being an Olympic sport. We will be operating in a challenging funding environment and therefore will have to develop the long-term strategy to develop our income streams to ensure long term sustainability.

Purpose of the Role

To ensure effective governance, provide effective leadership and be the public face of British Orienteering.


The appointment will be effective following the British Orienteering Annual General Meeting in April 2019. It is for a three-year term, and up to three consecutive terms can be served. The Chair is appointed by the Board through an open recruitment process. The Chair can be drawn from within British Orienteering membership or from outside the Federation. If the preferred candidate is a voting member the appointment will be subject to election at the Annual General Meeting in April 2019. The role is voluntary. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

How to Apply 

To apply, please complete an Application Form with a covering letter along with a completed Equality Form that explains what motivates you to apply and how you meet the requirements of the role by email to

Further information 

Further information about British Orienteering can be found at or email or post to: British Orienteering, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock, DE4 5FY or by telephoning 01629 583037.


Deadline for applications is Friday 9 November 2018
Interviews: Week commencing 3 December 2018

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact: Judith Holt, Chair British Orienteering ( or Peter Hart, Chief Executive by email or 01629 583037

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