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Member of the Appointments Committee

Member of the Appointments Committee

Date first listed: 4th May 2021

Location: Nationwide
Category: Committee

Description: About Civil Service Sports Council

The Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation with over 140,000 members and an annual turnover of £7m. It provides sport and leisure opportunities for public servants throughout the UK, ranging from club-level sports, to theatre trips and taster sessions, to family fun days. Its mission is to provide great value sports and leisure experiences and a range of health and wellbeing benefits for public service employees, including civil servants, teachers, members of the Armed Forces, and front line health workers and their families.

CSSC has set up health and fitness centres in government buildings and owns sports grounds and fishing and sailing waters. Most CSSC activities are run by a team of around 60 head office staff, and around 1,500 highly motivated volunteers, all of whom are current members, passionate about the organisation. Income from membership fees is paid back out in grants to area associations across the UK, which then decide how money is spent for the benefit of members. CSSC's model is designed to foster a sense of community and shared interests amongst its members.

CSSC has two main trading subsidiaries (CSSC Properties and the Sports & Leisure Group) and receives a small grant from the Cabinet Office. However, it largely relies on membership fees to fund its services, and as such the recruitment and retention of members is central to its continuing success. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll but the CSSC has adapted well - the introduction of online activities and partnerships with digital wellness applications have proved popular with members. With a membership base that had consistently grown by 50% for the six years prior to 2020, and a vibrant, positive community of staff and volunteers, CSSC continues to operate at strength. It is looking forward to the celebration of its centenary in November this year.

The candidate information pack can be found at this link.

Role specification

The Committee’s main responsibility is to select people to serve as Officers or appointed Board Members, and to recommend them to the Board for appointment or re-appointment. It also has other responsibilities such as overseeing the process for the annual Board elections and recommending improvements to the approach.

Members of the Appointments Committee will contribute to the activities of the Committee in a way which is consistent with the CSSC’s policies, standards and values. Specifically, members are responsible for selection and recommendations to the Board for:

  • Appointment of persons to serve as Officers and appointed members of the Board and as members of the Appointments Committee
  • Reappointment of Officers and appointed members and members of the Appointments Committee
  • Appointment of persons to fill casual vacancies amongst Officers and appointed members.

In addition, the Appointments Committee is responsible for overseeing the annual Board Elections process, managing a “forward plan” of appointments, and for making recommendations for improvement to the Board.

NB: With the current Appointments Committee Chair completing their term in January 2022, the Committee will be looking to appoint a successor. Successful candidates may therefore have the opportunity to take on this role in due course.

Person specification

CSSC is looking to appoint two candidates with an understanding of, and empathy with, the aims and values of the CSSC. 

As the Committee is responsible for providing support or constructive challenge in ensuring the highest standards of recruitment processes, prior experience as a seasoned HR generalist or Talent function leader would be particularly valuable. Regardless, if they have no direct experience of the function, the successful candidate will need to evidence their ability to make sound, independent judgements in relation to talent acquisition, making senior appointments, and matching suitable people to posts.

Experience of working with a charity, a trust or other significant voluntary / public sector organisation would be helpful but is not essential. Finally, candidates with experience of working at board or a comparable senior level would be an advantage but is not required. CSSC therefore welcomes applications from individuals with no prior board experience.

Diversity will be a critical factor in the Board's selection process. Please see the Diversity header for further guidance.


CSSC is keen to embrace greater diversity at board level. Applications from ethnic minority candidates are therefore particularly encouraged. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

Terms of appointment

Time commitment can be variable, depending on the CSSC's recruitment needs, but will be slightly more than 1 day per month over the course of a year, including email correspondence. An annual Appointments Committee meeting is held in High Wycombe, with any interviews during the year held in Central London (meetings are currently being held virtually).

Whilst this is a volunteer post for which there is no remuneration, this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of CSSC, to gain new or further non-executive experience, and to influence a high profile organisation. Travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.

The appointment will be for a four-year term and will be made by the Board on the recommendation of the Appointments Committee. The successful candidate will be required to be, or to become, a member of CSSC.


This process is being run by Nurole on behalf of the organisation, who will view the applications without edits. We therefore advise applicants to avoid using ‘see CV’ or ‘please call me to discuss further’ in your application as it may restrict your chances of progressing to the next round. Please click here to apply

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This organisation has requested that candidates do not contact them directly. Instead, if you know someone at the organisation, please mention it in your Reason for Application. Members who do not respect this may risk having their membership terminated.

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