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British Orienteering Independent Director Vacancy

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, within the region of 10,800 individual members. We are striving to build on our past success by expanding our participation base into new markets as well as developing our athletes to compete at the highest level in international competitions.

In 2016 we finalised a new strategic plan for the development of Orienteering up to 2025.

To ensure that the strategic leadership of British Orienteering is equipped to meet the new challenges the composition of the Board was, in 2014 changed to be composed of six member-elected directors and three non-executive Independent Directors plus the Chief Executive Officer. We are now seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to fill one Independent Director vacancy. This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the implementation of the strategy for the development of orienteering in the UK at a key time in the history of the sport.

We are looking for experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Marketing, particularly digital and/or social media
  • Public and media relations
  • Fundraising and sponsorship
  • Commercial income generation
  • Disability sport
  • Safeguarding of vulnerable individuals

No prior experience of orienteering is required, although knowledge or experience of the sports or outdoor activity sectors would be an advantage.

We currently hold four full-day face-to-face Board meetings per year at the British Orienteering national office in Matlock, Derbyshire. Occasionally, where required, Board teleconferences take place in between these meetings. The Independent Director roles are voluntary and unpaid, although all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be refunded.

The appointee will serve an initial term of office of two years until Easter 2019. The appointment is potentially renewable for two further periods each of three years.

British Orienteering is an equal opportunities employer, and applications are welcome from all suitably qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on our Board. We, therefore, welcome applications from individuals who can help us achieve this.

As these appointments are for Independent Directors, candidates must not have been employed by British Orienteering, been Directors of British Orienteering, or have been involved in any national-level committee or group of British Orienteering in the ten years prior to their application.

Individuals wishing to discuss the roles further prior to application can contact the current Chair of British Orienteering, Judith Holt at

To obtain an application pack, please contact Applications must be returned to before Monday 24th July 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews, which will take place as soon as possible after the closing date.