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British Canoeing Director (English)

Hours: 6 - 10 meetings a year and additional commitments as agreed

Location: Nottingham

Term: March 2020 to March 2024

Salary: Voluntary

 This role is one of three English Directors on the Board of British Canoeing.

This is an exciting time to join the Board of British Canoeing, as we develop an exciting and ambitious new strategy for paddlesports in the UK (2017-2021).

 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

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

In addition, the English Forum nominee may be invited to join the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board and so the Board would particularly welcome candidates with a strong financial management background and an accountancy qualification.

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 would welcome efforts to attract applications from minority gender (female) candidates meeting the skill set requirements set out above.

 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 English Forum. These committees are listed in the application pack.

 Closing date for applications 12 noon 25th November 2019.

Please see the application pack and the application form

If you have any questions please contact Chair of English Forum, Dave Spencer ([email protected]) or Guin Batten ([email protected]) (Head of Strategy and Development). 

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:

Treasurer (starting Nov 2019) and Regional Events Coordinator.

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

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 Waterways Advisor, Regional Coaching Representative, Regional Safety Advisor and Regional Communications Officer.

South West Regional Development Team:

Vice Chair, Treasurer, 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.