An introduction to the BBSA

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) is the national governing body for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton in the UK. The BBSA has won medals at the last five winter Olympic Games, culminating in an unprecedented 3 medals (gold and two bronze) in PyeongChang 2018 by skeleton athletes and a further £6million of funding committed by UK Sport to support preparations for Beijing 2022.

The Association covers all aspects of the sports, from those who wish to be involved as spectators and supporters, to those who wish to participate at the amateur club level and those who represent the UK in international competition and Olympic Winter Games.

As part of an overarching governance reform process, the BBSA is recruiting for individuals to join its Board of Directors, who will be responsible for the effective and efficient oversight of two separate performance programmes, as well as the wider interests of the National Governing Body.


The primary function of the Board will be to receive and approve organisational strategies, operational plans and budgets; to monitor the delivery of these through agreed reporting processes; and to identify and manage any risks which arise.

The BBSA is seeking an independent non-executive director with finance/compliance/governance] experience who will be responsible for the oversight of the organisation’s financial management, including financial planning and budget monitoring, as well as the organisation’s risk management and internal control systems]. The appointed individual should have the time and expertise to take a hands-on, supportive role to help drive the BBSA through a period of transition and change, whilst maintaining optimal delivery within the performance programmes.

Responsibilities as a Director

The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities as a Director:

  • Performing their duties, whether statutory, fiduciary or common-law, faithfully, efficiently and diligently to a standard commensurate with both the functions of the role and your knowledge, skills and experience. 
  • To exercise their powers in their role as a non-executive director having regard to relevant obligations under prevailing law and regulation, including the Companies Act 2006, the UK Corporate Governance Code and associated guidance. 
  • To exercise relevant powers under, and abide by, the Company’s articles of association and in accordance with the Company’s policies and procedures [and internal control framework 
  • Providing entrepreneurial leadership and an independent perspective to the overall running of the organisation in the best interests of its stakeholders
  • To ask constructively challenging questions in order to understand the operation of the organisation fully and test the views of executive. 
  • To ensure that the organisation complies with all rules, regulations, laws, codes of practice, guidelines, principles and generally accepted standards of performance and probity. 
  • To ensure that the assets of the organisation are safeguarded including taking reasonable steps to detect and prevent fraud and other irregularities. 
  • To take an active part in Board committees in accordance with their terms of reference. 
  • To pro-actively scrutinise the performance of the executive and the sub-committees in meeting agreed goals and objectives, and monitor the reporting of performance. 
  • To establish and maintain financial controls and systems of risk management that are robust and defensible, and to scrutinise the information provided on the implementation of these controls and systems. 
  • To ensure that s/he understands the objectives and responsibilities of UK Sport. 
  • To commit sufficient time to the role in light of the need to be more hands-on in the role due to the limited financial resources of the organisation. 

Specific Experience

The appointed candidate should possess an enthusiasm for good governance, combined with proven expertise and senior level experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Financial management including budget setting and oversight of financial systems 
  • Audit committee experience 
  • Corporate governance 
  • Risk management and/or internal control systems 
  • Internal and/or external audit 

It is anticipated that the successful candidate would have an interest in sport, with a passion for winter sport desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will be required to attend and contribute to Board meetings on at least 8 occasions per year, and to represent the BBSA at various events. Boards meetings will mainly be held in London, with some also held in Bath.

The term of office for the INED position will be for a period of up to 4 years (extendable by one additional term). There is no salary for this position, but reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

To apply, please send your CV with a brief covering letter to daryl.mason@hartmannmason.com, with subject title "FINANCE INED BBSA"

Closing date: 17th May 2019