Director of Welfare & Safe Sport

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British Gymnastics

This is a dual based role working from our Head Offices at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, nr Newport Shropshire (2 days a week) and working from home.

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Role Managed by:

Elizabeth Owusu-Apenten

Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6213


Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: £70,000 - £75,000 (dependent upon experience) plus additional benefits.

Closing Date: 27/02/2023

Formal Interview Date: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to informal conversations with Sarah Powell in late w/c 27th March, followed by Formal Interviews in w/c 3rd April.

British Gymnastics is the National Governing Body for gymnastics in the UK. We believe gymnastics has the power to amaze like no other sport and we strive to help every gymnast experience this, amazing themselves and others along the way. Working closely with our members and partners, we aim to lead, support, and inspire everyone in gymnastics to reach their full potential and enable gymnasts to shine.

As part of British Gymnastics’ commitment to implement the highest standards in safeguarding and welfare, we seek to appoint an expert leader as our Director of Welfare and Safe Sport. Reporting into the Chief Executive Officer, the role holder will play a pivotal role leading, shaping, and delivering our strategic approach to welfare and safe sport that is both positive and person-centred, ensuring the welfare of all involved in our sport is paramount in our approach and thinking.

This vacancy arises at a critical juncture for our sport, as we work to deliver Reform ’25 – our action plan to the Anne Whyte recommendations. We are committed to changing the sport for the better by working together with our community to create safe, positive, and fair experiences for all in gymnastics. The Director of Welfare and Safe Sport will play a key role in its delivery. With a proactive and collaborative approach, they will work closely with and through all voices across the breadth of the gymnastics landscape, including gymnasts, coaches, clubs, parents, volunteers and staff, to support environments where everyone understands what is needed and people feel safe and empowered to speak up if there are areas of concern, knowing they will be listened to and action will be taken. Leading a team of experts with responsibility for welfare and safe sport, they will help us to further develop our capacity and expertise, oversee an integrated approach to delivery and most importantly our strategy in these crucial areas.

Possessing in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation, policy, procedures, and best practice with respect to safeguarding, they will demonstrate experience developing robust welfare and safe sport strategies, delivering them across a diverse stakeholder and membership base. An inclusive, empathetic, and collaborative leader, they will help us to best serve our community ensuring a holistic approach to welfare and safe sport and, as part of the senior management team, they will work closely with our key stakeholders in implementing transformational culture change.

Location: This is a dual based role working from our Head Offices at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, nr Newport Shropshire (2 days a week) and working from home.

Salary: circa £70,000 per annum (dependent upon experience) + car allowance + 39 days annual leave (including Bank Holiday and Company days) + 2 wellbeing days a year + weekly exercise and wellbeing hours.

For further details, including the job description, person specification, and information on how to apply, please see below. 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 9am (GMT) on Monday 27th February 2023

British Gymnastics will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm Perrett Laver. For a conversation in confidence, please contact Elizabeth Owusu-Apenten at and +44 (0)20 7340 6213.

Candidates will be invited to interviews with Perrett Laver in w/c 6th March – w/c 13th March. Following this, Perrett Laver will meet with the Selection Committee to agree upon a shortlist of candidates. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to informal conversations with Sarah Powell in late w/c 27th March, followed by Formal Interviews in w/c 3rd April. The successful candidate will then be asked to complete a social media check in addition to reference checks.


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