The BDA is a partnership organisation with a core purpose to; ‘sustain, grow and develop the sport in partnership with the bowls family.’

Created by the Sport’s National Governing Bodies to channel Sport England investments into the sport, the BDA’s primary goal is to increase participation in bowls whilst ensuring the sport is inclusive and accessible for all. It champions collaborative working across the sport and works to develop NGB-affiliated clubs and their volunteers, safeguard participants and share best practice.

Bowls is a popular sport with low barriers to entry and opportunities to participate throughout the year.  It is a sport that people of all ages and abilities can actively enjoy recreationally through to elite competition. The BDA currently has the reach of 5,000 clubs and 300,000 members across England.

Independent Non-Executive Director

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is seeking to appoint an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Independent Non-Executive Director to support the Board in ensuring that it has appropriate oversight of inclusion.

The role of the Independent Non-Executive Director is, with the rest of the Board, to contribute constructively to the development of BDA strategy; to review the performance of the management in meeting agreed goals and objectives; to support and monitor the Managing Director’s performance and to ensure appropriate succession planning and to do so in the light of BDA governing documents.

The BDA recognises the need for improved diversity on the Board and accordingly would like to invite passionate individuals from a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to help guide and drive our work.

The appointment is made for a period of 4 years, with the possibility of a second term. The position is unpaid, but reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed.

Please see the role description below for more detailed information.

How to Apply:

Applications should be sent to Malcolm Douglas, Bowls Development Alliance Limited, Independent Non-Executive Director & Chair at  [email protected].                                       

If you have any questions about the role, please also email in the first instance. The closing date for the applications is April 5th.

Candidates will initially be invited for an informal Teams/Zoom call firstly with the Chair, then a final panel interview, at a date and time to be confirmed.  Following referees and approval of the Board the successful candidate will join the board at its next board meeting.


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