Chairperson of Living Sport


Living Sport Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sports Partnership

Seeking an experienced and high performing individual with strong networking and influencing skills and an ability to think creatively and strategically to become Chairperson; to influence the way sport and physical activity is developed locally

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Living Sport is a charity working across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Our aim is "to improve health, happiness and wellbeing by supporting people to be active."

We are part of the network of Active Partnerships working in partnership with Sport England to deliver their 10-year strategy "Uniting the Movement" - a vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity

We are seeking a new Chairperson to lead and support the implementation of our Strategy and Business Plan for Living Sport to realise the potential of sport and physical activity to contribute to a wide range of local strategic and community agendas whilst also developing the business of the charity away from reliance upon a single grant funder.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

Energetically promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and the role of Living Sport, providing leadership and inspiring partners with the message

To drive the strategy implementation and business development of the charity

To represent Living Sport at our events and activities within the partnership area developing relationships and influencing key local organisations and partnerships and to become a recognisable voice for Living Sport by acting as a spokesperson, including with the media and the wider sports constituency.

To maintain close and regular contact with the Chief Executive to provide management support and direction, to include ongoing personal development and an annual performance management review.

5.      To manage and chair the business of the Board, concentrating its agenda on strategic and tactical matters, ensuring sufficient time is allowed for discussion and that all Directors / Trustees are fully involved in the business of the charity.

To ensure that their performance and that of individual Directors / Trustees is regularly evaluated and to be proactive in identifying training and development needs of individual Directors / Trustees

Person Specification

Experience, knowledge and skills needed for the role


Recent experience of leading Boards or businesses at an appropriate level

Good analytical skills, an innovative thinker with an ability to focus on the issues but also able to take an independent view in making judgments and see all sides of a debate

An entrepreneurial background with significant senior level experience of developing, implementing, and monitoring strategy and business development

Strong interpersonal, communication and people skills with a high level of experience in building and maintaining relationships and partnerships; a skilled networker, influencer, and negotiator at all levels with business and the statutory sector, with a strong awareness of local Cambridgeshire & Peterborough issues

Experience of leading an organisation that draws upon both staff and volunteers, setting priorities especially in the context of a heavy workload and changing environment – specifically to support, challenge and manage a relationship with the Chief Executive

Positive attitude to equality, diversity and inclusion



Understanding of effective governance within a Charity/Company and the challenges faced by Charities/Companies in the not-for-profit sector

Understanding of the structures involved in the sport agenda from national to local level, including the role of Active Partnerships


Supporting documents

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