The Role

The Board is seeking an individual with outstanding leadership skills and achievements, with the passion and commitment to devote to the Board and stakeholders at this exciting time for the sport. The successful candidate will Chair one of the most diverse Boards in Olympic sport, and work closely with the Chief Executive. The ideal candidate is likely to have strong experience gained in a similar role within
the sport sector, not for profit or wider corporate sectors. Experience of working in an organisation that has a membership would also be helpful. In addition, this person is likely to have experience as a Trustee or Non-Executive Director with a strong understanding of risk and governance. They should have a collaborative approach and desire to bring their skills and commitment to further develop fencing across the country at grassroots and performance level, ensuring our sport remains inclusive to all.

This position has a 4 year period of office and that can be renewed for one further 4 year cycle.


  • Develop strong, effective and harmonious working relationships with the Directors of the Board, ensuring that they are updated on progress against the achievement of the organisation’s strategic plan and on significant issues/developments which are likely to impact British Fencing’s strategies, policies and performance.
  • Provide effective management of the Board and CEO, to achieve the highest possible performance in delivering British Fencing’s strategic objectives; monitor and review the performance of Board and CEO against key targets.
  • Ensure that British Fencing connects well with members, actively seeking and acting on feedback to develop and strengthen member engagement.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with all key stakeholders and decision makers that will benefit British Fencing; engage at a national level in support of the executive team to promote British Fencing, protect and enhance its reputation and ensure that its interests are represented and safeguarded.
  • Engage in effective and timely communications with the Board to enable them to fully contribute to the strategic goals of the organisation. Ensure budgets and long-term financial plans are produced on a timely and realistic basis and that British Fencing has effective systems of financial reporting
    and control, which includes regular reporting to the Board.
  • Ensure that the major risks to which British Fencing is exposed are kept under review and appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
  • Ensure that British Fencing has appropriate policies and procedures in place, applied and monitored, including those related to employment, Health and Safety, safeguarding and Equality and Diversity.
  • Ensure British Fencing fulfils its legal, statutory and regulatory requirements from
    Government, funding and regulatory bodies, sponsors and partners.

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