International Board Trustee


Safe Sport International


Panel Member





Safe Sport International

Introduction to Safe Sports International

Safe Sport International’s (SSI) mission is to work in collaboration to ensure the elimination globally of all forms of non-accidental violence, abuse and harassment against athletes, coaches, officials, and other involved parties of all ages. SSI will become the point of expertise, coordination, advocacy, and dissemination, enabling the transfer of knowledge and best practice across nations along with consultancy and training. Safe Sport International seeks to end all forms of non-accidental violence - that is those perpetrated knowingly and deliberately, that undermine both the mental and physical health of the athlete and the integrity of sport. Sadly, there is plenty of evidence that such violence happens in sport. SSI feels that the time is right for a coordinated international effort to prevent and respond to this violence as part of the global effort to uphold and protect the sporting values that we all cherish. For more information, please visit SSI’s website at SSI is developing a reputation for excellent service delivery and a collaborative approach with international partners. SSI seeks to influence and work in collaboration with intra and extra governmental partners, non-governmental agencies, human and child rights organisations and sports infrastructure bodies. For example, we collaborate with United Nations agencies, the Council of Europe and EPAS, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, the International Safeguards for Children Advisory Group, the IOC FIFA, in addition to providing services to, international and national sports organisations, competitive sport delivery organisations, athletes and participants in sport. Our current focus has involved a commitment to centring the athlete experience in everything we do – through representation in our advisory group, consultation with survivor organisations, project focus groups, and our next conference which will involve athletes of all ages (including those with lived experience of abuse) in every part of the event.

As the lead organization working globally to eliminate non-accidental violence against athletes SSI works to:

  • Set the standard for the minimum infrastructure that should be in place internationally, and nationally in organisations to safeguard athletes involved in sport
  • Develop and communicate safeguarding practices for sport
  • Assist National and International Federations with their capacity to deliver safe sport through training and consultancy
  • Organise International Conferences for Safe Sport disseminating excellent practice, research, and support with a view to developing an international framework which will support and monitor progress

International Board Trustee Role Summary

Recruited globally, SSI Board Trustees oversee the Charity’s reputation, strategy, finances, operations, and governance, working with outstanding partners, such as UN Agencies, the Council of Europe, IOC and national governing sports bodies, their leadership and operational management. According to the UK Charity Commission, there are six essential duties of a Trustee:

  • To ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • To comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
  • To act in your charity’s best interests
  • To manage your charity’s resources responsibly
  • To act with reasonable care and skill
  • To ensure your charity is accountable.

New board trustees will have a passion for safeguarding in sport and have the confidence and ability to become part of an experienced and highly motivated Board guiding SSI’s future.

Because of the international nature of the SSI Board Trustees, meetings are held predominantly via the internet and may involve meetings at unsocial hours due to the international nature of the group. It meets 4 four times a year. Attendance is an important consideration.

Statutory Duties of an International SSI Board Trustee

The statutory duties of an SSI Trustee are to:

  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing documents, UK charity law, company law, and other relevant legislation or regulations in the countries in which it operates.
  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects
  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds


Other Duties of an International SSI Board Trustee

As an international member of the Board of Trustees, you will:

  • Ensure that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these
  • Be responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour
  • Ensure that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard in pursuit of its objects, and compliant with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Act as a guardian of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment, and proper application
  • Approve the Business Plan, including overall objectives and budgets while delegating implementation to the staff
  • Set the strategy and budgets and establish SSI’s policies
  • Periodically evaluate the Chair and Board's effectiveness in consultation with the CE
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration and operations of SSI in accordance with its strategy, budgets, and policies
  • Ensure SSI’s financial stability and sustainability
  • Set the remuneration of the Chief Executive ● Safeguard the reputation and values of SSI.
  • Be committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Support the Chief Executives vision and provide critical oversight with regards to the practical and financial implications of the operational programmes and projects
  • Use specific skills, knowledge, and experience to help the Board reach sound decisions
  • Be confident and able to express opinions and constructively challenge those of others
  • Be able to support the operational team with relevant skills and knowledge
  • Contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving strategic direction to SSI, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed objectives and targets
  • Contribute to the fundraising activities, which could include attending fundraising events, introductions to potential individual or corporate supporters.
  • Attend SSI Advisory Group Meetings and project events when required
  • Support the staff in their activities through attendance at key events
  • Use professional and sports networks for the benefit of SSI
  • Exercise good, independent judgement
  • Demonstrate commitment to SSI and act in the best interest of the charity
  • Comply with the policies of SSI
  • Avoid conflicts of interest, and you are required to disclose the nature of any interest which you have in any contract to which SSI is a party
  • Devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil the role of a trustee.

The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. You will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Term of service as an International SSI Board Trustee

The length of service of a Trustee is 3 years, which may be renewed for a further 3 years by agreement. This is a voluntary and non-salaried position, and all approved travel and other reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. The time commitment requires attendance and preparation for a Trustee induction training event, plus four Board meetings of Trustees which are held annually, with occasional sub-committees and working groups. An annual Board development day will be held. Attendance may be required at other high-profile events, networking and conferences, diary permitting. Given the international nature of the Board of Trustees most events and meetings are held via the internet.

Characteristics of an International SSI Board Trustee

This is an extraordinary opportunity for suitably qualified individuals located anywhere in the world, who are passionate about SSI’s mission and who have a record of accomplishment of board level leadership. Trustees will have achieved leadership in sport, business, finance, accounting, government, philanthropy, or the not-for-profit sector. Their accomplishments and networks will allow them to attract other well-qualified potential Trustees. The Board of Trustees collectively needs skills and experience in:

  • Financial management, income generation, and enterprise
  • Public policy and public affairs
  • International, national, and local voluntary sector
  • International, national, and local government and statutory bodies
  • Marketing and digital strategy
  • Human resources management
  • Funding/foundations
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Social investment and impact.

Person Specification

We expect our Trustees to have a strong empathy with our vision to create an environment in which international sport can be practiced free from threats to athlete safety. We are seeking candidates with experience, skills, and expertise in any two of the following:

  • Financial and operational management of sports organisations internationally
  • Directing and or producing at major sports events
  • Safeguarding practice in or outside of the sports environment
  • Fundraising and marketing
  • Networking and relationship building.

Our internationally recruited Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives, and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines. Your personal attributes should include:

  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives
  • A proven record of accomplishment of sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A history of impartiality, fairness, and the ability to respect confidences
  • A record of accomplishment of commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Good, independent judgement and strategic vision
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive.

How to Apply

Applications should be made by submitting a letter explaining in no more than two sides of A4 how you feel you could benefit SSI as a Trustee. In addition, please include a CV and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.

Applications should be emailed to


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