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DCMS Starts Search for New Chair of UKAD Board

DCMS Starts Search for New Chair of UKAD Board

DCMS Starts Search for New Chair of UKAD Board

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has commenced its search for the new Chair of UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) Board on the retirement of the present Chair, David Kenworthy QPM DL.

The UKAD Board has a membership of seven, which is made up of the Chair and six board members appointed on a skills basis. The Chair and members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The search for the new Chair is part of a phased recruitment process for positions on the UKAD Board, as serving Board members’ terms come to an end.

In March this year, DCMS announced the appointment of Pippa Britton, Trevor Pearce CBE QPM and Sarah Winckless MBE as Non-Executive Directors, following the retirement of Philip Carling, Michael Brace CBE and Andy Sellers in March, April and June respectively.

DCMS also recently confirmed that Professor John Brewer, Janice Shardlow and Justin Turner QC have had their terms extended by six months to allow sufficient time to recruit new members. Janice and Justin will conclude their terms on the UKAD Board on 21 May 2017, whilst John’s term will now finish on 22 June 2017.

The successful candidate is expected to:

• provide strong leadership of the Board in its responsibilities towards delivery of an effective UK anti-doping programme, including strategy development and good governance
• act as a positive and powerful advocate for the work of UKAD, including ensuring effective communication with key partners and stakeholders (including government, Governing Bodies of Sport and law enforcement agencies) both in the UK and internationally
• engage with Governing Bodies of Sport to maintain co-operative relationships and with law enforcement and other agencies related to the sharing of information and intelligence
• chair Board meetings, and attending Board committees as appropriate
• exercise accountability to Government and key partners, and ensure the delivery of the objectives and targets shown in its Management Agreement with DCMS
• provide advice, counsel and support for the Executive on matters of advocacy, policy and strategy, to ensure effective succession planning

Outgoing UKAD Chair, David Kenworthy said: “The Board plays a pivotal role in maintaining a strong and robust governance structure and driving the strategic objectives of the organisation. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead UKAD at a time when anti-doping is under the spotlight.

“An ideal candidate will have a real passion for protecting clean sport and be committed to leading a talented team through a period of change, as reductions in public spending will require the Board to focus on efficiencies, value for money and opportunities to increase profitable earned income.

“The new Chair must be committed to excellence and quality, with a strong record in delivery, and will also demonstrate credibility and confidence in establishing effective and influential working relationships with sport, law enforcement and Government stakeholders.”

The closing date for applications to the position of UKAD Chair is 16 September 2016 and further information can be found on the Job Vacancies section of the UKAD website.