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Independent Non-Executive Director & Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee for British Canoeing and British Canoeing Events Ltd

British Canoeing is seeking to appoint an Independent Non-Executive Director to the Board, with  corporate governance experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will be invited to become Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee of the Board and Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee of British Canoeing Events, a subsidiary company of British Canoeing.

British Canoeing is the National Governing Body for Paddlesport in the UK. It incorporates several disciplines including the Olympic disciplines of Slalom and Sprint. British Canoeing has some UK wide responsibilities, together with the responsibility for the growth and the development of the sport in England. It works closely with the other National Associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Around 2.1million people take part in some form of Paddlesport in the UK each year. Of these around 180,000 participate regularly each month. There are approximately 370 canoeing clubs and 38,700 individuals in membership of British Canoeing.

The British Canoeing strategic plan – Stronger Together was launched in March 2017. The organisation has made good progress towards many of the ambitious targets. A copy of Stronger Together along with a progress report to March 2019 can be found here.

Candidates for this role should be a legal professional at partner level (or equivalent) in private practice, a senior barrister or head of legal (or equivalent) from industry. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of corporate governance and an appreciation of operating within a voluntary organisation. Previous board experience and an interest and involvement in Paddlesport or some other sport is desirable but not essential.

In line with our Equality and Diversity Policy, British Canoeing is committed to strengthening diversity across the organisation. Applications for this role would be particularly welcome from women, disabled and black, asian and ethnic minority candidates which are currently underrepresented on the Board.

This is a voluntary position. The duties of the post require around 1 day per month. Normal expenses will be reimbursed.

Key responsibilities for this role include:

  • Fulfil the responsibilities required of a Director of British Canoeing Ltd
  • Chair the Governance and Risk Committee of the Board
  • Provide oversight and scrutiny of matters of governance, company policies and procedures for British Canoeing and British Canoeing Events Ltd
Application Process

Applications should be made by submitting a CV and covering letter which should outline the reasons for applying for the role.

To apply, please send a covering letter, outlining the reasons for applying to the role and CV to: Lisa Bryant, Head of HR British Canoeing, National Watersports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU. Email [email protected].

Applications should be received by 4.00pm on 3rd February 2020

Interviews will be held on 7th or 10th February 2020

Should you require any further information or wish to discuss the role further please contact David Joy, Chief Executive, by email to arrange a call ([email protected]).

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.

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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.

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CANOE FOUNDATION – Vacancies for Trustees and Ambassadors

Location: UK

Salary: Voluntary

The Canoe Foundation is the official charity partner to British Canoeing, managed and administered through volunteer roles with assistance and support from British Canoeing. Its principal functions are to raise money through donations; to inform, educate; and allocate funds, in line with the Charity’s mission statement of ‘Positively changing lives through canoeing’.  

The Canoe Foundation has recently realigned its purpose and objectives to focus on increasing and improving facilities to access the water along with promoting and supporting the conservation of our waterways, rivers, oceans and the environment. For this exciting work to grow and to increase our impact, we are seeking a number of volunteers to help promote and develop the charity over the next few years.

TRUSTEE VACANCIES

Hours:  Up to 12 days per year

The Foundation would welcome applications from anyone keen and enthusiastic to support the charity’s work.  In particular we are seeking individuals with skills or experience in campaigning and fundraising or experience of the use of different media in promoting the charity causes.

Trustees will be expected to join at least 4 meetings a year.  Two face to face (usually at British Canoeing’s Head Office at Holme Pierrepoint) and other meetings by conference call.  In addition, to undertake agreed tasks (according to the individual’s skill set) to ensure the charity functions efficiently and effectively and achieves its ambitions.

In particular the trustees will be required to ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation or regulations. This includes;

  • Ensuring the charity has the resources it requires and allocates these resources wisely and to the activities it was raised for and in line with the objects
  • Contributing actively to the board discussions, giving strategic direction to the Trust, approving plans and targets and evaluating performance
  • Ensuring good governance and the effective and efficient administration of the Trust including the preparation and submission of reports and accounts to the Charity Commission.
  • Occasionally representing the Foundation at events

 

AMBASSADOR AND REGIONAL VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

Hours:  16-32 hours per year

The charity is also seeking the assistance of volunteers and ambassadors to promote its activity and fundraising across the UK both at a National and Regional level.  We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our objectives and willing to promote and raise awareness for the Foundation across Paddlesport leading to increased fund raising and enabling more projects to be supported.

All positions are voluntary but normal expenses will be payable.

For more information about the Canoe Foundation visit the website here

To apply:

For further information and an informal discussion please email one of our Trustees – [email protected] or [email protected]

Interested applicants should submit a covering letter and CV or details of relevant experience by email to [email protected]

Closing date for applications is 31st January 2020

Interviews will provisionally be held February 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.

 

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