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Opportunity to become the Chair of Scottish Hockey
Our vision is Inspiring Involvement in Hockey – the fun, friendly and exciting sport for life.
Hockey has been transformed over the past five years and is now a popular, high profile sport. Scottish Hockey membership has grown by over 90%; our largest ever Domestic Game Team successfully supports our 13,000 members, 107 clubs and five districts; more Scottish players are integrated into the Great Britain programmes than ever before; and our international teams are much closer to competing with the best in the World – it is an exciting time for hockey in Scotland.
Our position as a naturally equitable sport is reflected in our membership, staff team and non-executive directors. Scottish Hockey has an ambitious strategic target of being one of the top three team sports in Scotland and are constantly focused on improving as a business, while creating and delivering opportunities to improve hockey for all. Following the current Chair reaching their end of term, we have an opportunity for a new Chair to take Scottish Hockey forward to the next level of excellence.
Scottish Hockey is now looking to recruit a Chair who will support the Board, Chief Executive, the senior leadership team and the organisation to meet and exceed its strategic objectives. The successful candidate will possess the following skills and experiences:
- Ability to create strong relationships and build consensus with key stakeholders across the sporting communities, government and the private sector;
- Excellent interpersonal, leadership, communication and influencing skills;
- Experience in successfully setting and implementing strategy for an organisation of a similar scale and complexity as Chair, CEO or senior equivalent, particularly through periods of change;
- In-depth understanding of the political and sporting landscape in Scotland and beyond. A knowledge of hockey is not obligatory;
- Strong business / financial management experience;
- Good knowledge of Corporate Governance and Board responsibilities, accustomed to a high level of accountability; and
- Demonstrable independence, impartiality and integrity.
Scottish Hockey is the national governing body for hockey in Scotland. Our role is to inspire involvement in hockey, and work with a diverse range of partners to grow and strengthen hockey in Scotland.
We have over 13,000 members across our 107 clubs, and tens of thousands of other participants in schools and universities.
We are in the process of implementing our new strategic plan for hockey in Scotland going through to 2023. The plan focuses on building on the successes of the previous plan, improving our sport at all levels and has key performance indicators for the organisation to deliver against (see the Scottish Hockey Strategic Plan 2019 – 2013 https://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/governance/corporate-strategy/ ).
Our Domestic Game Team combines coaching, officiating, our development staff and our events, while our performance team supports the growth and development of players through our pathway programme from under 16 to our full international teams. There a total of 15 fulltime staff.
The Chair of Scottish Hockey is a volunteer. Board members provide the strategic and business guidance for the organisation and set its broad policies. A series of volunteer committees and employed staff create and then execute the sport’s operational decisions.
In the interests of having a balanced and representative Board, expressions of interest are particularly welcome from people currently under-represented on Scotland’s Boards, such as individuals with a disability, women, ethnic minorities and those aged under 50.
The Board, currently consisting of a chair and 10 non-executive directors, meets a minimum of six times annually. These meetings are normally held in the early evening at our office in the Glasgow National Hockey Centre and a number of these meetings are held electronically to reduce travel commitments for individuals. The chair would be required for a small number of daytime meetings. In addition, Directors are regularly asked for their advice and opinions, and may be available to the staff for consultation in specific areas of expertise. The term of office for the chair is four years. There is an opportunity to reappoint at the end of the four years.
At this time no applications are sought, but anybody interested should send an expression of interest to [email protected] by Monday 9th March.
Any questions around the role, or for an informal discussion, contact:
Robin McLaren, Interim Chair of Scottish Hockey [email protected]
Or David Sweetman the Chief Executive at [email protected]
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