Make a difference in sport- become an EFDS Trustee

Now is a great time to be involved in building on the unprecedented success of the London Paralympics 2012 and contribute to its lasting legacy. The English Federation of Disability Sport is seeking new trustees to lead and grow the national charity to support disabled people to be active for life.

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the lead national body with responsibility for increasing the opportunities for disabled people in England to take part in sport and physical activity. Our vision is that “disabled people are active for life” and as a Sport England National partner, we work closely with strategic partners and member organisations to develop opportunities. We also raise awareness of the issues that affect disabled people’s participation in sport and physical activity.

With a small staff team of 20, EFDS is proud of the work we cover across the English regions and the relationships we have to engage more disabled people in sport. Our current Board of ten trustees come from a variety of backgrounds and support us to make a bigger difference.

Two of our Trustees retire from the Board in July and we are now looking for exceptional individuals to replace them. You do not have to be working in sport to apply, but share our passion to improve and increase opportunities for all. Enthusiasm for the subject, energy and a genuine desire to make a tangible difference to people’s lives are key attributes for a successful applicant. This, together with a skill set that ideally (but not essentially) will include experience in Finance or Marketing. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people whose own experience of sport and physical activity can inform our work, or from people working in the wider disability sector.

These are unpaid voluntary roles and will involve approximately eight days a year for Board meetings (usually held at SportPark, Loughborough), plus an away day and an expectation that Board members will be available for a limited number of key activities through the year including potential working groups and other mentoring opportunities. There is no age restriction to these roles and can often be a great way for you to gain more knowledge and skills from the current team.

If you believe you have what it takes to be a part of a committed team of Trustees and staff at EFDS, as well as help the organisation realise its goals, please submit the skills assessment form, equal opportunities form, your latest curriculum vitae and covering statement. The assessment and equal opportunities form can be downloaded below or sent to interested people on request.

Applications received by Monday 3 June will be considered in time for recommendation to members at the Annual General Meeting in July 2013.

For those shortlisted, panel interviews will take place during week commencing 17 June.  

To discuss the roles, please contact Barry Horne, Chief Executive up until Friday 24 May (email Barry Horne or telephone 01509 227755) or our Chair, Charles Reed (email Charles Reed).

Board Member Terms of Reference

Board Skills Requirements

Board Skills Audit

Board Equal Opportunities Form

EFDS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration and not be treated less favourably than another because of race, age, colour, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.