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Serving on a Sport NGB Board - 11 January 2017

Jan 11, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Following the historic success at the Rio Olympic Games and new DCMS and Sport England strategies, there has never been a more interesting time to join the boards of our National Governing Bodies. Sport England is challenging Sport Governing Bodies to seriously raise their game. They must demonstrate that not only can they perform at the highest level on the international stage but also engage people to get active for the first time. A change in focus for many organisations that will prove a fascinating challenge for NGB board members. Moreover, there is a huge push for women to be more involved in leadership positions in Sport, so much so that Sport England now includes an expectation in its governance guidelines for NGBs (National Governing Bodies) that their Boards should have a minimum of 25% gender diversity by 2017.

It is therefore fitting that our first NED talk in 2017 will shine a light on the challenges and rewards, similarities and differences of ‘serving on a Sport NGB board’. This event will be held on Wednesday the 11th of January from 12:15 till 2pm at Coca Cola’s London offices (1A Wimpole Street, London W1G 0EA) courtesy of the lovely Charlotte Oades. Our two guests speakers are Gillian Wilmot , Chairman Sports Coach UK and Amanda Fone, CEO at F1 search, a sports management head hunter. You will find their Biographies below.

Gillian Wilmot

Gillian has strong experience of leadership in both large and small organisations across the private and public sectors. She is an experienced Chairman & Non-Executive Director and was recognised for governance excellence in the 2014 Sunday Times NED Awards. She runs Board Mentoring which works with CEOs and directors of leading UK and international companies. In 2012, she was appointed to the Industrial Development Advisory Board which advises Government on large investment projects and provides independent business advice to Ministers.

In all her leadership roles, including with Board Mentoring and the International Women’s Forum UK, Gillian encourages communication, collaboration and support among women leaders. She is committed to bringing more under-represented groups into coaching, including women, minorities and those with disabilities -  building their confidence and expanding their contribution to coaching through to elite levels.

Amanda Fone

Amanda is the founder of f1 recruitment ltd, which is now eleven years old. She is a leader in finding the best career opportunities for marketing, sponsorship and communications professionals at every level. She has over 30 years’ experience in the recruitment and search industry and is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals. Amanda has a long history of setting up and being involved in projects that help people at all levels and from all backgrounds to get the best out of their careers.

She champions the ESA Diploma, which f1 supports and recommends to its ambitious younger candidates. She was part of the REC steering group on Youth Unemployment that presented a White Paper to the coalition government in 2010. She is a vociferous campaigner for better sponsorship and marketing communications representation in the C suite and is active in promoting skills training and NED opportunities to help people bridge that gap. f1 underpins its commitment to social mobility, to promoting diversity and encouraging returners or career changes into the sponsorship and marcomms industries through work placements, returnships and promoting CPD at all levels.


This is a members-only event, open to all WACLers and free of charge, capacity for the room is 20 people so please let Francesca know soonest on Francesca@Ecsery.com  if you would like us to reserve you a seat