Vacancy – Chair of SGSA Board

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched its search for the next Chair of the SGSA Board.

Full information about the vacancy is available via the Public Appointments website.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to succeed Alan Coppin as Chair of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority when he steps down in March 2021 after serving two terms of office. Applications are welcomed from underrepresented groups to ensure the Sports Grounds Safety Authority reflects the diverse society it serves.

The closing date for applications is 12pm 8 December 2020.

Role of the Chair

The Chair will provide strategic leadership and direction to the SGSA in fulfilling its functions as a public body within the resources allocated to it. The Chair is responsible for building and maintaining a strong and healthy relationship with the DCMS, football and sports bodies, other relevant regulators and key stakeholders in the wider sporting sector.  On occasion, the Chair may be asked to act as the spokesperson for the SGSA, such as when issues attract media interest or giving evidence as part of relevant consultations/enquiries/Parliamentary Committee hearings. The Chair has specific responsibilities in relation to the following:

  • Advising on the SGSA’s long term strategy and engaging the SGSA Board in co-creating and shaping the strategy in partnership with the Chief Executive and their staff
  • Managing the conduct of the SGSA’s business, guiding the Board in their decision making ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and congruence with Government policy as it relates to safety and security at sports grounds
  • Encouraging high standards of propriety across the organisation and behaviours that accord with the seven principles of public life
  • Representing the SGSA in meetings with Ministers, football authorities and clubs, other sports authorities and key stakeholders at the highest level
  • Ensure that Board members fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of SGSA by leading the periodic evaluation of Board effectiveness and individual Board member appraisals
  • Lead the appointment and appraisal of the Chief Executive, providing support, advice, and challenge and hold the Chief Executive to account for the overall performance of the SGSA

Full information on the vacancy, including the person specification and application process is available via the Public Appointments website.

Useful information

SGSA Board

SGSA Strategic Plan 2020-2024

SGSA Annual Report 2019-20