Non-Executive Director: Legal


Wales Golf







Practice Area:

Legal and Governance


Senior Lawyer


4 years (10 - 20 days per year approx.)

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Non-Executive Director: Legal


Wales Golf invites applications for the position of Non-Executive Director: Legal. The key elements of the role and the skills and attributes that Wales Golf is looking for in the successful candidate are set out below.

Previous Board experience or a knowledge of golf are not requirements for this role.

  • Time Commitment: Approximately 10-20 days per year
  • Remuneration: Voluntary position (expenses paid)
  • Location: Board meetings held in Newport or Cardiff (5 per year) with an option to attend some
    meetings via video conference.
  • Term of office: 4 years (a second term of four years is available subject to Board approval).

Wales Golf is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably
qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or
belief. We would particularly welcome applications from people from ethnically diverse communities
who are under-represented on our board.

About Wales Golf

Wales Golf is the national governing body for golf in Wales responsible for promoting and developing the sport in Wales with specific emphasis on the amateur game.

Golf is one of the most widely played sports in Wales with approximately 90,000 participants of whom over 50,000 are members of clubs affiliated to Wales Golf.

Through its development team Wales Golf provides practical help and advice to affiliated clubs and runs numerous initiatives to help introduce juniors and adults to the sport. It runs high-performance programmes for upcoming and elite players, selects all national teams, manages a wide range of championships for club players up to elite level amateurs and is responsible for the administration of the golf handicapping system in Wales.

Position summary

Responsible to the Chairman and the Board, the successful candidate will use their experience and knowledge to advise the Board on a range of legal matters as required. As a Non-Executive Director, the successful candidate will contribute to the ongoing development of Wales Golf’s strategy, help oversee the successful delivery of its strategy and promote the highest standards of governance across the organisation.

Key responsibilities


  • Provide legal advice to the Board as required.
  • Advise on and assist in the preparation and review of legal documents including commercial contracts.
  • Advise on and assist in the preparation and review of governance documents and policies.
  • Act as the company’s ‘intelligent customer’ when liaising with its external solicitors.

Leadership and strategic development

  • Participate in the development of Wales Golf’s purpose, culture and values and the establishment of
    its strategic objectives.
  • Oversight of the performance of the Company against its strategic objectives.
  • Contribute to a constructive relationship between the Board and the executive team.
  • Contribute to an environment which encourages open discussion and constructive challenge.

Governance and financial stewardship

  • Ensure best practice standards of corporate governance consistent with the Board’s fiduciary and
  • statutory responsibilities.
  • Ensure that the Company maintains a sound system of internal controls and risk management.
  • Contribute to an annual evaluation of the performance of the Board.
  • Ensure that the company maintains an appropriate financial position and approve the annual financial
    plan and monitor performance against it, updating as necessary.


  • Attend and contribute effectively at Wales Golf Board Meetings (5 per year) and other committee
    meetings and events as required including the AGM.
  • Contribute advice in any areas of relevant experience.

Ideal person specification



  • Qualified solicitor with recent and relevant experience in corporate and commercial law either in practice or a business environment
  • A strong track record of achievement in their executive career.
  • Experience of working in an environment involving strategy development and implementation.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of good corporate governance.
  • An understanding of the responsibilities of being a company director.
  • Experience of providing advice regarding data protection

Personal characteristics and abilities

  • An ability to question intelligently, challenge rigorously and debate constructively.
  • An ability to make decisions in a considered and dispassionate manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • High ethical standards of integrity and probity and a commitment to Wales Golf’s values and a culture of inclusivity, equality and diversity.
  • Able to gain the trust and respect of other Board members and Wales Golf staff.
  • A commitment to stay well informed about Wales Golf and the environment in which it operates.

The closing date for applications is Monday 6 February, 2023.

For details on how to apply, including a Welsh translation, please click here and go to Vacancies.

Candidates may also complete and return an equal-opportunities monitoring form (optional) to the above email address.

Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 8 March 2023.


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