Ref: 6068


c/o National Squash Centre & Regional Arena, Etihad Campus, Gate 13, Rowsley Street, Manchester M11 3FF

Role Managed by:

Joe Blanch

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6258


Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: £15,000 plus reasonable expenses.

Closing Date: 29/09/2022

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Manchester is a city with a rich sporting heritage, being the home to some of the most iconic and successful football clubs in the world, several national governing bodies of sport, national training squads, the birthplace of some of the UK’s most decorated athletes and the host city of premier sporting events such as the Cricket World Cup, UEFA Women’s Euro, World Taekwondo Grand Prix, the upcoming Rugby League World Cup and Para Swimming World Championships.

Known as a global sporting hub, and one of the best top ten cities in the world globally for sport, the city-region boasts a sporting infrastructure second to none and a commitment to world-class event delivery. The hugely successful legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth Games has provided the city with an extensive range of sporting facilities which has been enhanced in recent years following significant capital investment, making Manchester the UK’s sporting capital.

Whilst sport and physical activity form an integral part of Manchester’s identity, the reality is that health inequalities and hurdles to participation persist, just as they do throughout the country. MCRactive, therefore, plays an important role in the city, working with our partners to remove barriers, widen access, and to help ensure everyone in Manchester lead healthier lifestyles through sport and physical activity.

Our 10-year sport and physical activity strategy is the result of an extensive public consultation exercise undertaken by the city in which we engaged with thousands of residents, partners, and multiple stakeholders to produce seven interrelated themes around what sport and physical activity could look like for them and our city in the future.

We now seek to appoint our first ever Independent Chair of the Board to help us deliver more positive health outcomes for the people of Manchester. Working closely with our new incoming CEO and other members of the Board and executive, they will play a critical role in helping deliver our strategy as well as engaging with key partners and external stakeholders. Providing invaluable support, they will help us to ensure impact within the organisations and communities we serve.

Astute at operating in complex, multi-stakeholder environments, the successful candidate will have excellent advocacy skills and will be an engaging and compelling ambassador. Drawing on established non-executive experience, they will demonstrate sound judgement, a strong understanding of and commitment to good governance and strong financial acumen. They will be an unequivocally inclusive leader committed to furthering equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion both internally within our organisation and externally in the communities we serve.

MCRactive is committed to tackling inequalities and recognises the positive values of diversity, which allow us to better represent and support our communities by understanding their needs. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, particularly those from women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, those from LGBTQ+ communities, and individuals with disabilities because we would like to increase the representation of these groups at board level and beyond at MCRactive.

Please note that this is a politically restricted post.

Location: c/o National Squash Centre & Regional Arena, Etihad Campus, Gate 13, Rowsley Street, Manchester M11 3FF.

Time Commitment: c20 days per year, including board meetings, sub-group meetings, performance appraisals, meeting preparations and other events as required.

Term: Three years, reviewed annually.

Remuneration: £15,000 plus reasonable expenses.

How to Apply

For further details, including the job description, person specification, and information on how to apply, please see below, quoting reference number 6068. Candidates wishing to apply should submit a CV (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification.

The closing date for applications is Midnight (UK time) on Thursday 29th September 2022

MCRactive will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm Perrett Laver. Any initial enquiries should be directed to Jake Smith at and +44 (0)20 3928 7374.


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