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Communication to BAFA membership on Board restructure and recruitment

12 March 2018

Governance and Strategy update

We are on an exciting journey. Thanks to the contribution last year from all those associated with BAFA we now have a realistic, achievable strategy to take us through to 2021.  This means that BAFA’s Board will need to evolve. The current Board has taken the decision to restructure to meet the requirements needed to deliver the new strategy. Importantly, this means that there will be a period of change whilst the old Board continues to deliver on its priorities and new Board members with the required skills and competencies are recruited, trained, and inducted. Sports management consultancy Sports Structures will independently manage this.

In the next few days nine Board job adverts will be released, these include five elected roles, to include Chair, Operations Director and three positions for General Directors. The appointments panel will shortlist two potential candidates per positions for Chair and Operations Director and up to six for the General Directors based on skills and competencies. These will be voted for at an AGM (to be scheduled for a date, late May or early June) by the membership. At the AGM there will also be a proposed article change to further define the members. A further four roles are to be appointed by a recruitment panel, to include a Director Finance, a Director of Business Process, a director of Business Development and a director of Communications. The recruitment panel includes Simon Kirkland, Manging Director of Sport Structures, Jobeth Hamilton, Sports Business Executive of Sports Structures, and Paul Sherratt current BAFA Board member.

We want this process to be as transparent and independent as possible, we therefore encourage anybody with the right skill set and competencies to apply for any of the nine Board positions. We are seeking a balanced mix of people from inside the sport of British American Football and independent people from outside the sport of British American Football with the right skills and competencies.

We look forward to everyone’s applications and encourage you to share this information everywhere to ensure we recruit a full Board of individuals with the right skill sets and competencies that can enable the sport to fulfil the new strategy.

The positions are;

Non-executive Director Chair (elected)
Non-executive Director of Operations (elected)
Non-executive Director (General Board member) 3 positions (elected)
Non-executive Director Business Process (appointed)
Non-executive Director Business Development (appointed)
Non-executive Director of Communication (appointed)
Non-executive Director of Finance (appointed)

In addition to this, we will also be setting up a new Operations Group, to be Chaired by the Operations Director, yet to be elected. This will include a further six voluntary positions to be known as Commission Leads, tasked with delivering the operational tasks as decided and approved by the Board. The roles will be Officials Commissions Lead, Coaches Commission Lead, National Teams Commission Lead, Competitions Commission Leads, Clubs Commissions Lead and Schools Commission leads. The recruitment of these roles will follow the Board recruitment phase.

If any existing Board member wants to discuss their current position please call Simon Kirkland on 07766 768 474, or for further information or an application pack please contact Jobeth.hamilton@sportstructures.com

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