23 February 2023

Declan Kohl


England Korfball Chair and Operations Lead Board Roles

The England Korfball Board open applications for a new Chair

The England Korfball Board are now seeking applications from ambitious, committed professionals to lead the organisation through the next phase of korfball’s development.

Ellen Pearce, current Chair, is stepping down at the next AGM after two terms on the Board and over five years as Chair of England Korfball.

The Board are now recruiting for two roles, a new Chair and an Operations Lead (also a Board role), to develop and take forward a new strategy and implementation plan.

Are you a senior sports professional with a track record of growing participation, visibility and revenue?

About England Korfball

Korfball is an attractive, fast moving, team sport played by men and women together extensively in Europe and across the world. Established in England after the second world war, Korfball is recognised for its gender parity and inclusive approach.

England Korfball is a volunteer-led National Governing Body, with support from an employed Operations and Membership Officer. We are funded by our membership, and operate through a national committee structure. England Korfball is a company limited by guarantee.

Competition operates at local, regional and national league levels, and our Performance Programme competes at European and global levels.

We are currently coming to the end of our existing five-year strategy, which has seen our Grand Finals weekend take place at the Copperbox Arena at the Olympic park, large-scale sponsorship deals and live-streaming on the BBC app, pre Covid. Our clubs remained strongly engaged during the pandemic, and we are largely back at pre-Covid levels of clubs/teams.

We are an ambitious NGB with strong aspirations to grow participation, attract revenue and increase visibility.

The Board

England Korfball is a membership organisation and a company limited by guarantee where Board members are company directors. The Board represents the interests of the members and we use skills-based criteria to identify the blend of experience/expertise of Board members. The EK Board comprises up to ten people with a range of elected and appointed officers with the skills and expertise to meet the needs of the sport.

The Board members fill a variety of roles. Independent directors will possess specific skills that the organisation needs now as well as offering an objective, independent view. It is essential that the independent members bring a strategic, objective and balanced view to the role whilst recognising the interests of the members.

Some Board members will also Chair a sub-committee and/or lead a programme of work.

The Board meets roughly six times each year, usually online in the evening but with occasional face-to-face meetings at weekends. The Board oversees a set of technical committees and working groups that are formed to pursue and deliver EK’s strategic operating plan.

The roles

With a planned handover from the current Chair, England Korfball are now seeking two committed people to lead the development of the next strategy and its implementation as part of the Board. This is an exciting opportunity to create the next EK vision and see it come to fruition.

For full role descriptions, see below:

England Korfball Chair

England Korfball Operations Lead

This is a voluntary position with the remit to form and influence the strategic direction of the organisation. We particularly encourage and welcome applications from women and from ethnic minorities.

To discuss either role, please contact Ellen Pearce, current Chair on ellen.pearce@englandkorfball.co.uk

To apply for one of these roles, please complete an application form by 19th March at 5pm.