horsescotland Board Vacancies

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Board Vacancies

horsescotland is the national organisation for all equestrian sports and activity in Scotland.

Our shared vision is:


To enable those in our sport and sector,
by supporting their development,
to excel in what they do best…

The key outcomes for Scottish equestrianism are to:

  • increase the overall levels of participation and equestrian activity in Scotland
  • enable Scottish riders, drivers, vaulters and equines to excel on the world stage
  • support horsescotland member bodies to flourish by working collaboratively

The Opportunities

As a Board Director you will gain expertise of supporting and advising a dynamic Board and will help to shape the future of Scottish equestrianism. This is a great opportunity for someone with a passion for sport and presents great potential for the development of new/existing skills, meeting a new network of people and making a genuine difference to the sport in Scotland.

horsescotland is looking to appoint experienced and enthusiastic individuals to oversee the governance of horsescotland and the delivery of the organisation’s strategic plan. These roles are key to the fundamental progression of horsescotland and you will be an integral member of the Board, assisting with driving the strategic direction of the organisation.

To support and drive our ambition to develop equestrianism participation and activity in Scotland the Board is looking to appoint to the following roles:

  • Director- Legal
  • Director- Welfare and Breeding
  • Director- Government Affairs and Policy
  • Vice Chair

Details of each of the roles and how to apply are outlined below.

Director – Legal

Role:

horsescotland is looking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic individual to oversee the organisation’s legal requirements on behalf of the Board. This role is key to the fundamental progression of horsescotland and you will be an integral member of the Board, assisting with driving the strategic direction of the organisation.

Main Duties:

  • Leadership of the legal portfolio of horsescotland
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of horsescotland
  • Contribute to strong and balanced Board governance
  • To provide the horsescotland Board directors with legal advice and opinion on a wide range of issues ensuring that horsescotland remains legally compliant
  • Complaint handling – to coordinate and on occasion lead on any official complaints to the organisation, advising on the correct process to follow
  • To be accountable for overseeing that the Articles of Association of horsescotland are reviewed and relevant to best practice, sportscotland requirements and fit for purpose for the organisation
  • To provide legal support and advice to any of the Board members as required in each of their areas of specialism

Skills/Experience/Attributes:

  • A suitable qualification, such as LLB or equivalent
  • Commitment to horsescotland values, vision, objectives and code of conduct 
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain, strong, constructive working relationships with other Board Directors, staff and partner organisations
  • An objective approach to decision making
  • Awareness of and commitment to upholding equality and diversity issues
  • Enthusiastic and confident
  • Ability to commit time and effort to attend formal Board meetings and other ad hoc meetings

Director – Welfare and Breeding

Role:

horsescotland is looking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic individual to oversee the organisation’s strategic commitment to horse welfare and breeding on behalf of the Board. This role is key to the fundamental progression of horsescotland and you will be an integral member of the Board, assisting with driving the strategic direction of the organisation.

Main Duties:

  • Leadership of the horse welfare and breeding portfolio of horsescotland
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of horsescotland
  • Contribute to strong and balanced Board governance
  • To provide the horsescotland Board directors with advice and opinion on a wide range of horse welfare and breeding issues ensuring that horsescotland remains at the forefront of education on horse welfare and responsible breeding.

Skills/Experience/Attributes:

  • Strong track record of experience in horse welfare and horse breeding
  • Ability to influence and persuade on these key issues
  • Commitment to horsescotland values, vision, objectives and code of conduct 
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain, strong, constructive working relationships with other Board Directors, staff and partner organisations
  • An objective approach to decision making
  • Awareness of and commitment to upholding equality and diversity issues
  • Ability to commit time and effort to attend formal Board meetings and other ad hoc meetings

Director – Government Affairs and Policy

Role:

horsescotland is looking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic individual to oversee the organisation’s strategic commitment to increase the overall levels of participation in equestrianism through positive liaison with Government, sportscotland and policy makers on behalf of the Board. This role is key to the fundamental progression of horsescotland and you will be an integral member of the Board, assisting with driving the strategic direction of the organisation.

Main Duties:

  • Responsible for developing and leading horsescotland’s- government, sportscotland, equestrian bodies and public policy strategies
  • Define, set up and lead a Government Affairs and Policy (GAP) action plan
  • Establish strong and valuable connections with a broad range of public policy stakeholders including sportscotland, government officials, MSP’s and advisors in order to ensure equestrianism is represented at the highest level
  • Assist in building member body-wide support for GAP objectives and on the value of effective government affairs and public policy activities
  • Work collaboratively with member bodies to monitor, research, analyse and disseminate relevant public policy and legislative trends in Scotland and the UK

Skills/Experience/Attributes:

  • Ability to develop strong connections with national key stakeholders
  • Ability to plan and execute GAP action plan through valuable partnerships
  • Ability to earn the confidence of member bodies to help them understand and demonstrate the value to be gained through strengthened relationships with governments and leading policymakers
  • Proven ability to build and sustain positive relationships with policymakers and local partners
  • Ability to handle discussions and partnerships with horsescotland key stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, demonstrated analytical and research abilities, and effective presentation skills

Vice Chair

Role:

Following a review of our governance arrangements and the development of a succession plan we are looking to appoint to the new role of Vice Chair. Applications from existing or new Board Directors for the opportunities above are welcome.

It is anticipated that the Vice Chair will take over as Chair in October 2020.

Main Duties:

 

  • Lead the oversight and delivery of the vision, strategy, values and policies of horsescotland, in collaboration with the Chair and Board Directors.
  • To support the Chair in attending a range of meeting to promote all aspects of horsescotland’s activities and in understanding the views of members
  • To substitute for the Chair at Board meetings as required
  • To be a member of horsescotland committees as required
  • Guide the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities concerning statutory and regulatory compliance, contractual and commercial obligations and good governance. The Vice-Chair will act as an ambassador for the organisation, providing strategic oversight.

Skills/Experience/Attributes:

  • Candidates for the role should have leadership experience, with an understanding of Board management and an interest in, or a passion for sport.
  • There is also a requirement for good business and commercial skills and an understanding of good governance.
  • Commitment to horsescotland values, vision, objectives and code of conduct 
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Ability to maintain, strong, constructive working relationships with other Board Directors, staff and partner organisations
  • An objective approach to decision making
  • Awareness of and commitment to upholding equality and diversity issues
  • Ability to commit time and effort to attend formal Board meetings and other ad hoc meetings
  • Above all, we want to hear from people who can make a positive contribution to the development of our sport.

Time Commitment:

The Board meets 6 -10 times per year at various locations across central Scotland. In addition to formal Board meetings you will be expected to use your skill set to support the horsescotland team when required.

Remuneration:

The post is on a voluntary basis and is non-remunerated.

Terms and Conditions:

A Director is initially appointed by the horsescotland Board, with this appointment ratified by the members at the subsequent annual general meeting. The term of a Director will be as set out per the horsescotland Articles of Association.

Recruitment Process:

As part of the recruitment process, please e-mail a CV with a covering letter outlining why you feel you are the right person for the role. We may also ask for a short discussion with you. Can you please indicate in your covering letter if you wish to be considered for the role of Vice Chair as well as Board Director.

 

Should you wish an informal discussion on any of these roles please contact chair@horsescotland.org.

 

We ask that you e-mail your CV, a short Bio and letter marked private and confidential to fiona@horsescotland.org. by close of business on Wednesday 16th October 2019.