The Boat Race is one of the major British sporting events of the year. It is steeped in history with 2021 seeing the 166th Men’s Boat Race and the 75th Women’s Boat Race but is also event which has moved with the times. Notably integrating the Women’s Boat Race so that 2021 will also be the fifth time that the male and female crews will compete on the same day over the same course.
The event holds a special place in the sporting landscape usually attracting over 250,000 spectators to the banks of the Thames between Putney and Chiswick and through its partnership with the BBC reaches many millions of people across the world. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic The Boat Race was cancelled in 2020 and the 2021 race will be held at Ely in Cambridgeshire.
Earlier this year BRCL produced a new strategic framework which recognises the importance of refreshing and strengthening its heritage brand, working sustainably and helping to build a better shared future and to use the profile of the race to inspire others. The Boat Race Company is a company limited by Shares (no. 02544376) established and owned by the Oxford and Cambridge Rowing Foundation (OCRF) who also appoint the Chair and will be leading this recruitment.
The current Chair will be stepping down after the Boat Race in 2021 having held the role since 2009. OCRF is therefore now looking for an exceptional leader to guide the future direction of BRCL and to provide leadership for the Board.
The future BRCL Chair could be drawn from the world of sport, event management, business or beyond. Whilst many of the individuals who may be attracted to this role will have a connection with Oxford or Cambridge and/or rowing, it is not a requirement, although an understanding of high-performance sport or University Sport would be helpful. As a member of the Board of the BRCL you will not be representing the views of any specific club, and along with all other Directors, will need to act in the interests of BRCL.
Purpose and requirements of the role
We are looking for someone who can:
Time and commitment:
Your application and the recruitment process:
In order to apply you should submit
Please send your application, by email to [email protected]
Closing Date – 25 January 2021
Selected Candidates will then be invited to meet a number of the Trustees of OCRF.
Please do contact us if you wish to have an informal discussion about the role or if you have any other questions to help you decide whether to apply. Fiona Morrison, OCRF Chair will be happy to talk to you.
Please direct all contact through [email protected]
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