Vacancy -- Sport Wales Appointment of a Board Member
Function of body
Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales. It aims to improve the level of sports participation at grassroots level but also provide our aspiring athletes with the support required to compete successfully on the world stage.
Sport Wales was established by Royal Charter in 1972. The four objectives set down when the Sports Council for Wales (now trading as Sport Wales) was established are to:
- Increase participation in sport and active recreation;
- Raise standards of performance and excellence;
- Improve the provision of sporting facilities;
- Provide technical information and advice about sport, recreation and active lifestyles.
The full Royal Charter can be found here: https://www.sport.wales/download/file/172/
Sport Wales is the main adviser to the Welsh Government on sport and supports the delivery of its strategic priorities through the Vision for Sport in Wales and the Sport Wales Strategy. Sport Wales’ operational priorities and performance targets are informed by, and respond to, the Term of Government remit letter from the Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism which sets out her strategic priorities, specific policies and action plans, and the wider policies and priorities in the Programme for Government. It also has a range of statutory duties and responsibilities, including under the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015), the Equality Act (2010), and the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.
Sport Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored Public Body and is funded largely by grant-in-aid from the Welsh Government. It is also responsible for distributing funds from the National Lottery to sport in Wales. It operates two national centres, in Cardiff and at Plas Menai in north Wales.
You can find out more about Sport Wales by visiting https://www.sport.wales/what-is-sport-wales/.
The Board of Sport Wales provides leadership and governance to Sport Wales and performs the important role of scrutinising all of Sport Wales’s investments and activities. It also shapes its future goals.
The Board currently consists of 12 Members, including the Chair, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Board Members have individual and collective responsibility to the Welsh Government through the Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.
The Role of a Board Member
- Have an understanding of and actively promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and the positive benefits they have for society;
- Have a clear vision as to how Sport Wales can continue to contribute as a main deliverer of Government policy on sport and thus have an understanding of the Welsh Government and how the public sector in Wales functions.
- Have excellent scrutiny and analytical skills to support and challenge the Executive effectively, to ensure that Sport Wales meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;
- Ensure Sport Wales achieve value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and propriety;
- Participate in the corporate planning process, including agreeing annual budget plans for operational programmes and corporate activities;
- Have a clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s “Seven Principles of Public Life’.
- Act in a way that promotes high standards of propriety and public finance;
- Have a good understanding of corporate responsibility and risk management to ensure that Sport Wales’ activities are conducted effectively and efficiently;
- Have an enquiring mind, good listening skills and ability to understand complex situations/reports.
- Have a willingness and commitment to attend and actively participate at Board meetings and key activities between meetings.
- Be politically independent.
- Appoint, with the Welsh Government’s approval, a Chief Executive, should the need arise.
Welsh language skills
To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.
- An understanding of public life and the principles of good governance;
- Excellent communication skills and a track record of working with others to achieve objectives;
- Ability to think logically and objectively in analysing complex information in order to identify key issues and make effective decisions;
- A demonstrable commitment to increasing levels of physical activity across Wales;
- An understanding of the diverse communities of Wales and a commitment to promoting diversity;
- Senior experience of at least one of the following:
- Audit and risk management.
- Corporate management with a focus on value for money and delivery.
- The application of digital technology and innovation in the areas of sport and active recreation.
- Public relations and communications.
- Tackling inequalities through engaging the disengaged.
How to apply
To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system. You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form. To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates. This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit. The second document is a full, up to date CV. The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.
In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities. We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.
It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence. You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go. You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.
If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.
If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on PublicAppointments@gov.wales.
For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments