BAFA have announced that Sport England have invested in the National Governing body to hire a paid CEO Role, with an eye to the governance required to secure future funding.
The biggest and most visible change will be the creation of a paid Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position, reporting directly to the BAFA board. This will be a commercially focused role with the core objective of making sure we have a sport that is run efficiently, transparently and in line with best practice.
Having a CEO with responsibility for running BAFA day-to-day will allow the board to ensure we meet the governance and reporting requirements needed to secure Sport England funding. We also believe this will make us more efficiently and effectively run as a sport and focused on meeting the needs of our members. We aim to have the new CEO in place by 1 September 2019.
Why are we doing this?
Governance is one of the four major objectives of BAFA’s 2017-2021 strategic plan and moving towards Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance was one of our agreed year one actions. By appointing a CEO to free the board up to concentrate on achieving this, we’re delivering on what you empowered us to do as a new board at the BAFA AGM last year. This will ensure the board is truly independent and compliant with Sport England’s Tier 3 Corporate Governance Code.
The hiring process
As this is a big change for BAFA we want to be fully transparent on the costs involved and the process for hiring.
As a huge sign of their faith in BAFA’s ability to meet the requirements of their governance code, Sport England are investing £10,000 towards the cost of the recruitment process. This is in line with the market cost to find and hire a CEO for a national governing body of sport. We will be offering a salary of circa £50,000 per annum – comparable with average salaries currently on offer to the CEOs of other small NGBs.
As an illustration of their support for this move, we are delighted to share the news that representatives from the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to sit on the interview panel, alongside BAFA chair Nichole McCulloch and other members of the BAFA board. Sport England will be also participating in the interview process.
The changes do however come with other moves within the governing body explained on the BAFA Newsite.
Steve Rains to step away from BAFA
Following the decision to create a paid CEO role, Operations Director Steve Rains has decided to step away from BAFA, effective 31 May. As a board, we’re disappointed to lose Steve’s experience and passion for our sport. However, we respect his decision and thank him for all his hard work and for his professionalism during the handover of his role and we hope he remains active within the sport.
BAFA have opened up the possibility of passing feedback to them in the article, detailed below:
If you have any questions not already answered in the Q&A document, or you have any concerns or other feedback, please contact us at [email protected] We will collect your questions and comments and aim to share a follow up FAQ responding to any common themes within the next fortnight.
BAFA plans to release further information on the current financial situation and other developments they’ve been making over the last few months.