Appointment of two Independent Non-Executive Directors

British Parachute Association Ltd is looking to appoint two Independent Non-Executive Directors, and invites applications.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 28 October 2016.

  • Location: Leicester
  • Organisation: British Parachute Association Ltd - the National Governing Body for Sport Parachuting (third sector, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee)
  • Salary: Expenses only
  • Contract: Fixed-term, initially for 1 x 1 year, 1 x 2 year; then eligible for 3-year re-appointment

About us

British Parachute Association (BPA), founded in 1961, is the not-for-profit National Governing Body of Sport Parachuting in the UK. Sport parachuting, also known as skydiving, is one of the most exciting and exhilarating sports in the world.

This is a time of massive change at the British Parachute Association. We have totally modernised our governance structure, invested in a major refurbishment of our offices, all to make us an organisation fit for the future. To help us continue with these changes we are looking to appoint, for the first time two Independent NEDs. We’re developing our vision, mission, values and identity to reach our target demographics. We’re looking for strategic input to grow and develop our membership and realise the untapped potential of our fantastic sport. 

We have over 6,000 full members, and nearly 60,000 student members each year. We also have around 30 BPA Affiliated Parachute Training Organisations (BPA Affiliated PTOs), mostly throughout the UK, who affiliate to us to set and maintain standards of safety and training. We employ a staff of 8.5 full-time equivalents, including two World Class technical specialists, at our Leicester headquarters.

Our Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. We are a member of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom and represent the UK on the International Parachuting Commission of Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the World Air Sports Federation.

As part of our good governance initiative, we are appointing two Independent Non-Executive Directors (INED) to our Council (our Board of Directors) for the first time. The size of our Council is reducing from 15 to 12, in line with best practice. The 12-strong Council will comprise ten Elected Non-Executive Directors from, and elected by, the membership, together with 2 Independent Non-Executive Directors.

Under our transitional arrangements to a three-year period of tenure on Council, one of the INED appointments shall be for a period of one year, and the other shall be for a period of two years.

Thereafter, the individuals shall be eligible for consideration for re-appointment for a three-year term.

The skills we seek

We seek individuals with strong leadership skills who can continue to develop and maintain BPA’s strategic focus and help to direct the organisation towards its future. Applicants need to be able to make a commitment to BPA and devote the necessary time, have strategic vision, independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak their mind.

We are looking for candidates who have skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • organisational development and managing change
  • income generation and sponsorship
  • legal
  • branding, promotion and marketing
  • digital technology and social media.

The successful candidates will also need be able to demonstrate:

  • an impressive track record of success in the private, public or voluntary sector;
  • the ability to operate at Board level in a national organisation and to help grow the public profile of BPA and our sport;
  • the ability to think creatively and strategically; the skills to challenge current thinking at Board level;
  • a good understanding of the sporting landscape.

We value diversity throughout our organisation and are striving for a more diverse Board of Directors. We welcome nominations from everyone, in particular we are looking to attract nominations from women, BAME groups and people with disabilities.

We will pay Directors’ travel expenses and provide a full induction to the organisation’s work. You will be expected to attend at least six Board meetings a year, which are normally held at BPA HQ in Leicester. In addition, we would encourage your attendance at a number of BPA meetings and events such as skydiving competitions.

For more information

For more information about BPA and a list of our current Elected Member Non-Executive Directors, please visit our website  A BPA Council Member / Director role profile is set out on BPA Form 297.

How to apply

Please e-mail your up-to-date CV with details of two referees, to:

Martin Shuttleworth, Secretary-General - e-mail: martin[at]

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 28 October 2016.

Interviews will be held in Leicester on Thursday 3 November 2016. Applicants will be expected to make themselves available on this date.  

Formal appointment of the Independent Non-Executive Directors will be by the AGM at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, on Saturday 28 January 2017.









Updated 9 November 2016

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