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Vacancy for Executive Director for Governance and Standards

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[<<] [>>] by Beatrice McGlen
15th November 2023 (CqE Official News)

After many years of service to croquet Roger Staples is retiring from his current position as Executive Director of Standards and his replacement is sought. Croquet England is wishing to expand the role to include Governance, in order to achieve the standards of good governance expected by the Charity Commission and Sport England.

This is a key role as we move into a new era for croquet. Good governance and high standards provide a framework for growth and development. There has never been a better time to be involved in moving our sport forward. As a member of the Executive team, you will be at the heart of Croquet England, as it becomes established.

The role will include:

  • Working with the handicap and laws/rules committees to maintain the essential standards of the game and liaising with the Director of Development on lawns advice and equipment.
  • Review and maintenance of the Practice Book that defines the roles and responsibilities of all the committees, groups and individuals to achieve sound administration and governance in the day-to-day management of Croquet England.
  • Maintaining the risk register and assisting the Board of Trustees, via its Risk and Audit Committee, with internal audits of risk.
  • Driving forward the changes required to meet Tier 3 of Sport England's Code of Sports Governance.
  • Cascading good governance to clubs via the introduction of a Club Mark scheme.
  • Advising the CEO on oversight of safeguarding.
  • Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

It is expected that the successful applicant will have experience of leadership, management, regulatory compliance and strategic planning within an organisation, as well as a solid understanding of both codes of croquet. Familiarity with the Charity Commission and of Charity Law would be advantageous and experience in safeguarding is also desirable. Good communication skills are essential.

Although a background in sports governance would be ideal, training will be available in this aspect of the role.

The Executive meets monthly but there is frequent communication between members of the Executive outside meetings. In addition, Directors should expect to spend sufficient time working with their committees or performing their other duties to be able to provide a monthly report to keep the other members of the Executive team well informed.

All members of the senior management team are expected to declare conflicts of interest and to undergo safeguarding training. Executive positions are voluntary.

If you would like to find out more, then the retiring Director of Standards, Roger Staples, ( ) or the CEO, Beatrice McGlen ( are only too happy to have an informal chat. An application letter and CV should be sent to the CEO by December 15th.


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