Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (SASSOT) is a high performing County Sports Partnership, bringing partners to work together to create active places and healthy lives through sport and physical activity. SASSOT is currently on a positive journey of change, with a new leadership team, completion of a governance review and ongoing redevelopment of a new strategy for 2018-2021. The aspiration of the Board is for SASSOT to become a progressive, adaptable and thriving organisation, with a visionary Board at its helm.
We seek a new Chair to help steer SASSOT through this exciting period of transformation so that it can continue to embrace the changing sport and physical activity landscape both locally and nationally. The role is voluntary. We are looking for someone who can provide strategic leadership and build upon our strong record of collaboration and engagement. If you are commercially astute and a strategic thinker, with personal sensitivity and able to communicate easily with all our stakeholders – then we would like to hear from you.
For further information contact our retained consultant at Campbell Tickell Kelly Shaw on 07900 363803, 020 3434 0990 or Radojka Miljevic on 0203 434 0975. A job pack is available for download at www.campbelltickell.com/jobs
Among the main duties of the Chair (supported by the Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director) are to:
- Establish and provide strategic leadership of the Board of SASSOT;
- Lead the setting of the overall direction of the work of SASSOT;
- Enable the Board to achieve its potential and secure the long-term success of SASSOT;
- Be the public face of SASSOT, representing it and the Board to partners at appropriate events;
- Ensure that Board decisions are acted upon, that SASSOT is fit for purpose and that it achieves continuous improvement;
- Support and appraise the work of the Strategic Leads
- Ensure that development reviews / appraisals of the Board as a whole and of individual Board members are undertaken.
About Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (SASSOT) is a partnership of agencies working together to create active places and healthy lives through sport and physical activity.
It is part of an England-wide network of 44 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs). Through our partnership approach CSPs are uniquely positioned to support the development of sport, physical activity and physical education. We aim to help grow participation, sustain current participants and help those with talent excel in sport. Increased participation in sport and physical activity can have a positive benefit on a wide range of agendas, such as health and wellbeing, economic prosperity, community development and community safety.
We are funded by national and local partners, including Sport England, our Local Authorities and Universities.
Our core functions and services include the following:
Strategic direction and connecting partners
Development of clubs, coaches and volunteers
Disability Sport and inclusion
National Governing Body support
Education and training
Information service and funding advice
Marketing and communications
SASSOT has long been considered a high-performing CSP, and has been ‘green’ RAG-rated by Sport England in all areas since 2013-14. Recent consultation with our stakeholders illustrated a universally high level of support for the work of SASSOT and, in particular, the quality and maturity of our relationships locally.
SASSOT is currently on a positive journey of change. A new leadership team, completion of a governance review and the ongoing redevelopment of our strategy are all driving an evolution of the CSP. The aspiration of the Board is for SASSOT to become a progressive, adaptable and thriving organisation, with a visionary Board at its helm. To help us achieve this and to comply with UK Sport and Sport England's Code for Sports Governance, we are reviewing our Board composition, legal operating models and a number of procedures and processes.
Following a change in the policy landscape (Sporting Futures and Towards an Active Nation) and Sport England’s recent definition of the Primary Role for CSPs, we are reassessing our priority outcomes. To that end, we are currently undergoing a period of stakeholder consultation regarding our new three-year strategy (2018-2021). This is a stimulating and challenging time in the field of sports and physical activity, requiring new ways of thinking and the formation of new relationships and partners if there is to be genuine progress in getting more people physically active across our geographical area.