Chief Executive Officer

Sport and Recreation Alliance


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive Salary

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    17 February 2019

  • Client

    Sport and Recreation Alliance

Ref: GSe50216

At the Sport and Recreation Alliance we believe that sport and recreation has the power to change people’s lives and bring communities together. We are now looking for our next leader who shares our values, will get things done and who will bring energy and drive to make our vision a reality.   While you do not necessarily need to have a background in the sector, you will come to us with a genuine passion for sport and recreational pursuits as well as an exceptional ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels. 

We are proud of our heritage, having been established in 1935 as the Central Council of Physical Recreation, but are forward looking and ambitious and always seeking to develop our role as the leading membership organisation for sport and recreation organisations across the UK. We are an effective lobbying organisation, responding to societal challenges such as childhood obesity, community cohesion and economic regeneration, and as such, our work has significant reach and importance.

The Chief Executive provides leadership and management to the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Critical to this role is the successful delivery of our ambitious strategy ‘The Heart of An Active Nation’, supported by an enthusiastic and committed Board. They will provide the staff with the direction and strategic leadership necessary to achieve our vision, mission and strategic objectives, as well as act as an ambassador for the Alliance - being the focus of the organisation both externally and internally. Influencing key decision makers, building effective relationships within the sector and government, and developing the financial sustainability of the organisation in a tough external climate, will be key tasks for the postholder.

If you feel you can demonstrate the skills and track record that we are looking for as well as a passion for what we do, then we would like to hear from you.

Closing dateMonday 18th February 2019 at 10 am
Longlist meetingThursday 21st February 2019
Preliminary Interviewsw/c 25th February & early w/c 4th March 2019
Shortlist MeetingThursday 7th March 2019
Final Panel InterviewEnd of w/c 18th March 2019
How to apply

The Chief Executive will be selected on the basis of a combination of a written application and interview. To apply for the role, please provide the following:

• an up to date CV (maximum 3 pages);

• a supporting statement that addresses all of the bulleted criteria set out in the Person Specification and tells us why you are interested in this role;

• the names and contact details of two referees who we may contact after the shortlisting stage (please note that we will not take up these references without advising you first).

Please ensure that you complete the equalities monitoring questionnaire that automatically appears on the GatenbySanderson website as you complete your application with us online. This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.

If you would like an informal, confidential discussion about the appointment, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Mark Bate (0113 205 6288) or Joanna Thornton (0207 426 3972).

We are committed to supporting the principle that everyone should have the same opportunities for employment, development and progression. This should be based on their ability, competence and suitability for the role. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

If you have a disability, please indicate in your application whether you need any specific assistance or adjustments to enable you to be interviewed.