Interview date27 July 2022Job DescriptionSwim England is striving to create a happier, healthier and more successful nation through swimming and aquatic activity. We strive to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them. As the recognised national governing body for swimming, artistic swimming, diving and water polo in England, we help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports.
Each month millions of people are able to enjoy our sports and activities because they have been through our renowned Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway.
Ensuring people are safe in the water is of paramount importance to us and so we work closely with partners to keep water safety high on the national agenda.
At our heart Swim England is a membership organisation dedicated to supporting our clubs and members to develop and succeed. We maintain the laws of the sport and run world-class national events that are open to all competing members.
We also operate a comprehensive range of qualification and education programmes for teachers, coaches, officials and tutors.
Swim England is an incorporated company with charitable status. Our subsidiary businesses are wholly owned companies which are commercial – profits are passed up to Swim England for investment into our charitable aims.
About The Role
We are looking to appoint two new independent members to our Audit, Risk and Probity Committee (ARP). The committee is part of our formal governance structure, reporting to the Swim England Board. The responsibilities of the committee are to:
Oversee the external audit services of Swim England and their subsidiary companies
Oversee the planning and implementation of the internal audit program
Oversee compliance with Sport England's code for corporate governance
Oversee the risk management processes of Swim England and subsidiary companies
Investigates relevant issues and determines whether any breakdown in formal procedures has occurred and reports to the relevant committee or the Board the outcomes of investigations and recommended actions
The full role description, person specification and terms of reference for the group are available from the job description button.
The purpose of the role is to act as an independent member of the ARP Committee, the role of which is to oversee effective auditing, financial reporting, internal controls and risk management within Swim England and its subsidiary businesses.
Reporting to the Chair of the ARP committee, the position is voluntary with travel and accommodation expenses paid in accordance with Swim England policy. We are looking to appoint for a four-year term, with the possibility of extending for a further four-year term.
The terms of engagement are one day per quarter including attendance at four half day committee meetings per year. Meetings are held in a hybrid format, virtual and in person, with ideally one meeting per year attended in person, which will be held in our SportPark, Loughborough head office, or an alternative location to be agreed in advance.
The position is unremunerated, yet receives reimbursable vouched expenses in line with agreed Swim England policies.
In addition to meeting the person specification as detailed within the role description, we are looking to appoint two candidates who:
Must have senior level executive experience, preferably from within a business support function such as finance, legal or governance,
Knowledge of risk management would be advantageous but not essential
Previous experience of a similar role on a Committee/Board is not essential but desirable
If you feel you have the suitable skills and attributes for this position, then we would like to hear from you.
If you would like to discuss the opportunity before applying, please contact our CFO, Brian Havill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual interviews will be held on Wednesday 27 July between 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Swim England is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to inclusion and embrace the spirit of all equalities legislation.
Where possible we will always make reasonable adjustments for accessibility to anyone who requires it. We welcome applications from individuals whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented on our board.