Organisation Sports Council Trust Company

Location Meetings to be held at Sport England London Offices or at one of the Nationa Sports Centres across the country

Hours of Work 4 meetings each year and additional time for preparatory work

Salary & Benefits Voluntary Role. Travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed, This role is a part time fixed term role- which will last 3 years.  

Closing Date 20 August


Sports Council Trust Company

Role Specification

The Sports Council Trust Company wishes to appoint two new Trustees with diverse, varied and complementary skills, who will match their business and charitable experience with a passion and commitment to sport.

About Sports Council Trust Company

The Sports Council Trust Company is responsible for the preservation and safeguarding of the physical and mental health of the community through physical recreation, including sports, education and the provision of facilities. The Company is limited by guarantee and is also a registered charity. The parent body for the Company is the English Sports Council ('Sport England').

The Person We are keen to appoint individuals who have an understanding and experience of what it takes to drive performance and participation in sport at both grassroots and national level and are looking for candidates who can bring enthusiasm, innovative ideas, and excellent judgement to help deliver our objectives. The successful candidates will ideally have held a position of responsibility in either the public, voluntary or private sectors and will have ability, at a senior level, in one or more of the following areas:


  •  Leisure Facilities Management - experience of running specialist leisure and activity centres
  •  Working in sport and a good understanding of the UK's sporting landscape, including the barriers preventing people taking up sport
  •  Financial management / investment management
  •  Charitable grant giving
  •  Charity governance expertise and fundraising
  •  Working with underrepresented groups in sport especially women, disabled people or BAME communities
  •  Property management and development

In addition to the above skillsets, we will also look to appoint members who demonstrate:

  •  Knowledge about the particular characteristics of operating in a public company and the skills required to achieve public service values such as transparency, efficiency and effectiveness.
  •  An accountancy qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA etc.) would be desirable but is not essential

The Sports Council Trust Company actively promotes diversity in employment and sport and welcomes applications from all parts of the community.

Time Commitment

Trustees will be expected to attend about 4 meetings each year and each meeting typically runs to half a day. Additional time will be required for preparatory work.

Location of Meetings

Board meetings are held at Sport England's head office in London, or at one of the National Sports Centres across the country.


The positions are voluntary, with reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred in the duties of the role reimbursed in line with Sport England's Travel and Expenses policy.

Term of Appointment

The appointments will be effective from end September 2017 and will be for a period of up to three years. Appointments are renewable for a further fixed term of up to three years on the basis of a performance review.

What does our work involve?

The Sports Council Trust Company looks at increasing participation in sport through a wide range of sporting activities.

The Company owns and operates three major National Sports Centres - Bisham Abbey, Berkshire; Lilleshall, Shropshire; and Plas y Brenin, Snowdonia.

The board's main responsibility is for the performance of the contracts to manage these National Sport Centres, overseeing the provision, improvement and maintenance of the facilities. The Centres are used by members of the local communities and Olympic and Paralympic medal winners. The board members have a role in ensuring the Centres are leading the standards for elite training provision across the country.

More information about the National Sports Centres is available here:

The Charity also has a small grants policy which enables awards to be granted to suitable applicants. The board is responsible for making grants, in the region of £50,000 per annum, to not-for-profit organisations, supporting the sporting activities of disadvantaged people including young people, people with disabilities, and from ethnic minority groups.

In May 2016, Sport England launched its current strategy Towards an Active Nation which sets out the work that the organisation will do between 2017 and 2021 to increase the number of people getting active. The strategy is the organisation's response to the Government's Sporting Future – A New Strategy for an Active Nation strategy, which was published in December 2015.

This is an interesting time to join the Sports Council Trust Company as we look to help it develop alongside Sports England's own role in delivering the new strategy for sport. To lead us through this time of transition and development, we are looking for skilled Board Members who will help ensure the company is well placed to continue to realise its potential and meet its objectives, extracting the best possible performance of the charity.

You can read the Sporting Future strategy here:

Details about what Sport England does is available here:

How to apply

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Please note that you will be asked to complete a Declaration of Interests Form and a diversity questionnaire as part of your application.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 20 August 2017.


Interviews will be held w/c 4 September 2017.

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