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British Canoeing Director (England) for March 2021

  • Position: British Canoeing Director (English)
  • Hours: 6 - 10 meetings a year and additional commitments as agreed 
  • Location: Nottingham 
  • Term: March 2021 to March 2025
  • Salary: Voluntary 

The Board of British Canoeing consists of 12 members in total;
- Six members are nominated by the National Associations of England (3), Scotland (1), Wales (1) and Northern Ireland (1), and approved by the AGM
- Five members are Independently appointed by the Board and approved by the AGM
- The CEO is also an ex officio member of the Board.

This role is one of three English Directors on the Board of British Canoeing.
Any full English Member of British Canoeing is eligible to apply for the English Forum nominated position on the Board. 

Nominees should have a good understanding of the structure of canoeing within England, and ideally have experience of working within one or more of the Committees of British Canoeing. 

The Board has recently completed a skills audit and is committed to working to create the ideal skills mix within the Board. The English Forum nominee will ideally have an understanding of, and involvement in, the committee structure of canoeing in England and a background in one or more of the following areas:

● Competition discipline specific experience
● Clubs and volunteering
● Coaching and leadership
● Performance sport
● Safety
● Marketing

In addition, the English Forum nominee may be invited to join the HR & Remuneration Committee of the Board and so the Board would particularly welcome candidates with a strong human resources management and/or learning and development background. 

British Canoeing is committed to a target of at least 30% gender diversity on its Board, as laid out by the UK Code for Sport Governance.  The Board is keen to strengthen its diversity mix and would particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups on the Board, in particular people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and women.

To apply: 

Individuals wishing to apply should complete the application form (Appendix 2) and send it by email to the secretary of one of the Committees that make up the English Forum. These committees are listed in the application pack.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 27 November 2020.

Please see the application pack and the application form. 

If you have any questions please contact Chair of the English Forum, Dave Spencer or Charmaine Gawler, Executive Assistant to the CEO.

​Voluntary Member for British Canoeing Safeguarding Case Management Group

Location: Flexible (6 meetings per year to be held virtually or at the National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham)

Salary: Voluntary

(2 positions available)

British Canoeing is the United Kingdom's Governing Body for the sport and recreation of canoeing and kayaking.  This is an exciting time to join British Canoeing, as we have made great progress in delivering Stronger Together – an exciting and ambitious strategy for Paddlesport in the UK.

British Canoeing is looking to extend the current complement of expertise on their Safeguarding Case Management Group (CMG). The CMG provide advice and guidance in relation to safeguarding concerns, cases and adverse DBS disclosures. The members are required to make fair, considered and proportionate decisions with regard to the route a safeguarding concern may take.

The appointment of 2 new members will provide additional knowledge, experience and perspective to the group’s discussions and decision making process.

It is anticipated the new positions will be filled with safeguarding expertise from a range of sectors such as youth/ social work, police, legal or education. In addition to this we like one of these posts to have an understanding and knowledge of paddlesport. The ideal candidates should have a passion for the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults; have knowledge or understanding of the voluntary sector; and be in a position to attend meetings every other month and respond to correspondence within a short time frame.

To apply:

Please send your cover letter and CV to Nancy Squires, British Canoeing, National Water Sport Centre, Adbolton Lane, WestBridgford, Nottingham, NG12 2LU or email [email protected]

Closing date for applications is 17.00pm Monday 21st September 2020

Interviews will be held virtually on Wednesday 30th September and Thursday 1st October 2020

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers.

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer. 

British Canoeing Regional Development Team Vacancies

Hours: 6 days per year (approx.)

Location: Regional

Salary: Voluntary

British Canoeing is the United Kingdom's Governing Body for the sport and recreation of canoeing and kayaking.

Across England there are 10 volunteer led Regional Development Teams (RDTs), whose purpose is to involve itself in all matters relating to the development of the sport and recreation of Paddlesport within their regions. Learn more

Each RDT is made up of four elected posts; Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and a number of technical roles including Regional Coaching Representatives (RCR) to Regional Waterways Advisors (RWA). A full list of roles and summary role descriptions can be found here. 

Being part of your local RDT is a great way of supporting clubs, centres and paddlers in your region and to influence the direction of British Canoeing.

The following teams looking for enthusiastic people to fill positions:

North Eastern Regional Development Team:

Vice Chair and Regional Waterways Advisor.

North West Regional Development Team:

Regional Paddle-Ability Representative and a Regional Safety Advisor. 

Cumbria Regional Development Team:

Regional Waterways Advisor, Regional Safety Advisor and Regional Paddle-Ability Representative

Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Development Team

Secretary and Regional Waterways Advisor

East Midland Regional Development Team

Chair, Secretary, Regional Safety Advisor, Regional Communications Officer and Regional Events Coordinator.

Eastern Regional Development Team:

Chair and Vice Chair.

South Regional Development Team:

Vice Chair, Treasurer, Regional Communications Officer.

South West Regional Development Team:

Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Regional Paddle-Ability Representative and a general call out for people to support the work of the region.

In addition, the English Coaching Management team are also are seeking applicants for a Regional Coaching Representative in the Channel Islands.

For an informal chat please contact:

For Regional Waterways Advisor contact [email protected] 

For all other roles contact Craig at [email protected]

To apply:

For a general expression of interest form please click here.

These posts are covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers. 

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer.