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 Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) was established by statute as an Arms Length Public Body in 2011 taking on the full responsibilities of its predecessor body, The Football Licensing Authority. The SGSA is the safety regulator for football grounds in England and Wales and the UK Government’s independent advisor on sports grounds safety.
The three core functions of the SGSA are:
The SGSA is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport with an annual budget of £2.1m (2019/20) which includes £1.6m of grant in aid and employs 20 staff, of which 13 are regionally based inspectors, led by its CEO Martyn Henderson.
The Board of the SGSA comprises a Chair and 7 Board members appointed by the Secretary of State.
The SGSA enforces the Government’s All Seater Policy introduced in 1994 for the top two tiers of the Football League which was introduced as a result of the inquiry led by Lord Justice Taylor following the Hillsborough tragedy. In 2018 the Government commissioned an external analysis of the evidence relating to the all seater policy and in late 2019 the Conservative Party made a commitment in its General Election manifesto to introduce safe standing. The SGSA will lead on the implementation of this historic change working closely with DCMS officials, football bodies and fans.
SGSA’s core purpose is to ensure that everyone can enjoy sport safely and it aims to improve the safety of the sports sector, both domestically and internationally. The SGSA has developed a reputation as the leading expert on stadia safety and, in addition to its work as an effective regulator of football stadia in England and Wales, is now working with a wide range of sports across the globe. Operating on a foundation of excellence, independence, integrity and partnership the SGSA’s aims for the 2020-25 strategic plan period are:
The SGSA’s priorities for 2020 are:
The SGSA is embarking upon an exciting and challenging period both at home and abroad and the Secretary of State is seeking an experienced, dynamic and commercially aware Chair to lead the Board and the organisation, working effectively with the CEO, to deliver on this ambitious strategy. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experiences to this demanding role
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:
All candidates will need to demonstrate in their application that they meet the majority of following essential criteria to a high standard:
The appointment is for up to 4 years. Re-appointment for a second term may be made, at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria.
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Conflicts of Interest and Due Diligence
If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. If you have queries about this and would like to discuss further please contact the Public Appointments Team.
Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Advisory Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue(s) in the statement supporting your application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.
As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Advisory Assessment Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview. The information may also be shared with ministers and the Cabinet Office.
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