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The National Ice Skating Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (NISA) wish to recruit three Independent Non-Executive Directors, initially to May 2018, and are now inviting applications.

Established in 1879, NISA is a membership association, and operates as a company limited by guarantee. NISA is recognised by the International Skating Union (ISU), the British Olympic Association (BOA), UK Sport and the Home Nation Sports Councils as the national governing body (NGB) for the sport of ice skating in the United Kingdom.

Ice skating is structured into two divisions; Speed Skating and Figure Skating. Speed Skating consists of the Olympic disciplines of Long Track and Short Track, whilst Figure Skating covers the disciplines of Singles/Pairs, Dance and Synchronised of which only Synchronised is not an Olympic discipline.

There are approximately 120,000 people who skate regularly in the UK, and just under 6,000 individuals and 75 clubs being members of NISA. With offices based in Nottingham, NISA provides educational services, competitive opportunities and development programmes for all levels. This includes administering, accrediting and promoting Skate UK, a formal learn-to-skate programme, which is recognised by ice rinks and used by other sport NGBs as a standard for competitive participation.

Ice Skating has a proud history of medal success at the Olympic Games, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. In 2014 the Association was awarded circa £6m from UK Sport to assist the drive for podium success, in Short Track Speed Skating and Figure Skating aimed at producing podium performances at the PyeongChang Olympics, 2018 and beyond. The Short Track Speed Skating is currently managed by the English Institute of Sport and a key objective is to reintegrate the programme within NISA after the 2018 Olympics.

The Board of NISA has just recently adopted an exciting new strategy for the development of the sport over the next ten years.  A key part of this strategy involves a significant upgrading of the NGB's corporate governance in order to meet the standards set out in the 31 October 2016 Code for Sports Governance mandated by UK Sport and Sport England.

NISA is now looking for three individuals with the knowledge, skills and experience, to join the Board of NISA as Independent Non-Executive Directors, and to bring their enthusiasm and drive to meet the challenging targets NISA has set for itself.

Ideally the successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to work effectively within the Board of a National Governing Body
  • a proven ability to operate and plan at a strategic level.
  • experience of championing corporate governance and high ethical standards of integrity and probity.
  • a good understanding of the UK Sporting landscape
  • a clear commitment to diversity, equality and safeguarding

In line with our Equality and Diversity Policy we are keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Directors and would welcome applications from those communities under-represented on the Board, in particular people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and women.

You will be expected to attend at least six Board meetings a year, which are held a various locations within the UK.  In addition, we would encourage your attendance at a number of ice skating meetings and events. The post is voluntary and travel expenses will be paid and a full induction to the NGB’s work will be provided.

How to apply:

Please see the attached role descriptions for details of the three roles and the skills and experience needed.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter that explains what motivates you to apply and how you meet our requirements by email to Lynda.young@iceskating.org.uk

Closing date for applications is the 5th January 2017 and interviews will be held on the 19th and 20th January 2017.

For more information on each role, click here.