·         Chair meetings of the Board effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process and ensuring a focus on strategy, performance against the strategy, added-value and accountability

·         Ensure that the Board meets its duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of NISA, including a clear delegation of matters where appropriate

·         Provide leadership to NISA and its Board ensuring that the Board sets the overall strategic direction of NISA

·         Appraise the performance of the Board and its members on an annual basis and act on the outcomes

·         Ensure that Board members are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of NISA and that the Board takes collective ownership

·         Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Board members


·         Develop NISA’s strategic aims and objectives in accordance with its constitution in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer

·         Act as an ambassador for NISA’s strategic direction and promote its success

·         Ensure effective communication to NISA’s members and stakeholders


·         Develop the knowledge and capability of the members of the Board

·         Address and resolve any conflicts within the Board

·         Ensure that the Board is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead NISA effectively

·         Liaise with the senior independent director on appropriate agreed matters

·         Work within any agreed policies adopted by NISA

·         Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy it self that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks

·         Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of NISA, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability

·         Avoid having any significant personal financial conflict of interest and ensure that any other conflicts of interest at Board level are handled appropriately and in line with NISA policy

·         Lead the Board performance review and implement an appropriate action plan



·         Work closely with the Chief Executive to set the Board agendas and ensure that the Board meetings are well planned

·         Monitor that decisions taken at Board meetings are acted on

·         Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting his/her executive responsibilities

·         Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges

·         Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support

·         Carrying out the annual appraisal of the CEO.


·         Act as an ambassador for NISA at all times promoting the Association and the sport of ice skating

·         Maintain close relationships with key stakeholders and influencers such as UK Sport, the International Skating Union and the Home Nation Sport’s Councils

·         Act as a spokesperson for NISA when appropriate

·         Represent NISA at external functions, meetings and events

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About National Ice Skating Association of UK Ltd.


The National Ice Skating Association of UK Ltd (NISA) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Ice Skating in the UK involving 6 disciplines of which 4 are Figure Skating (Singles, Pairs, Ice Dance and Synchronised) and 2 are Speed Skating (Short Track and Long Track). NISA is a company limited by guarantee and has an enthusiastic and passionate membership.

The Chair will lead and hold the Board, CEO and Executive Team to account for NISA’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Association and Board through a period of significant change and ensuring that each Board member fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective and robust governance of NISA.

The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of NISA to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of NISA in partnership with the Chief Executive