Hockey Ireland Board Recruitment
Hockey Ireland is seeking applications for new members for the Board of Directors, with
expressions of interests for consideration welcomed up to 17:30 on Friday 29th March 2024.
Background:
Hockey Ireland is the National Governing Body of hockey across the island of Ireland. It works closely with the four provinces of Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, along with multiple stakeholders including Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, Olympic Council of Ireland, EuroHockey and the International Hockey Federation.
The Board:
The Board is responsible for the governance of hockey in Ireland, ensuring the delivery of our Mission, Core Values and Strategy, which is currently being reviewed in consultation with our stakeholders. All Directors are non-executive and act in a voluntary capacity. The Board is supported by a CEO who looks after the executive functions of the organisation.
Available Roles:
Having undertaken a periodic review of the skills and experience of our current Board Directors, we are seeking to further strengthen our Board’s diversity and skill set by recruiting additional Board Directors.
We are specifically seeking those who have experience in Communications & Commercial and High Performance.
The suitable candidate with High Performance experience will be required to demonstrate that they are sufficiently qualified in the strategic administration of High-Performance Sport in Ireland and will also be asked to act as Chair of the High-Performance Committee.
Applications from persons can demonstrate that they have skills that are of strategic long-term value to the Board are also welcome to submit an application, as we will be creating a databank of suitable candidates for future vacancies. We will expect such persons to demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following areas: Project Management, Human Resource Management, Legal, Coach/Umpire Education, Volunteer Management, Strategic Planning, Child Welfare, IT. Applicants should be able to demonstrate prior experience on a Board or extensive equivalent
strategic experience.

Further information:
• Shortlisting will take place in early April.
• Interviews for the position will be held on in the week commencing 8 April via zoom.
• The Board will consider and approve nominations to go forward to the 2024 AGM in May
• In adherence with the Governance Code for Sport there is a requirement to have at
least 40% female representation on the Board.
• Directors do not receive remuneration for the post but are entitled to reclaim
expenses for attending meetings as required and any other reasonable out-of-pocket
expenses.
How to apply
If you would like to apply, please send in your CV and application form to anne.mccormack@hockey.ie , explaining your experience, skills and knowledge and what it would bring to the role. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to develop and oversee the implementation of the strategic objectives of the organisation, and their experience in oversight, as opposed to operational, roles.
Applications will close on Friday 29th March 2024.

Term Length:
Applicants must commit to serving a minimum three-year term. A Director can serve a maximum of six years on the Board of Hockey Ireland.
Time Required by successful candidates:
• Attendance of scheduled Board Meetings (6-8 per year). The majority of meetings are
held via zoom, with two in person meetings held in the Hockey Ireland Offices.
• Attendance of scheduled committee meetings (approx. 4 times per year)
• On average the requirement would be a commitment of 4-6 hours per month.
Support for successful candidates:
Successful candidates will receive a Board induction and be invited to attend a training.
Board Director Responsibilities:
• Monitor the Chief Executive Officer in relation to those tasks and duties delegated to them.
• Monitor the operational performance of the organisation, and legal and regulatory compliance.
• Attend scheduled board meetings, usually 6-8 per year, and General Meetings; as well
as other ad hoc meetings and to sit on any Board Committees that may be required and agreed.
• Contribute to the development, approval and monitoring of Hockey Ireland’s strategic
plan, its business plan, financial plan and annual plans.
• Support the Chair in the provision of leadership and direction in order to achieve the
objects of Hockey Ireland.
• Participate in the development and monitoring of Hockey Ireland’s risk register.
• Contribute to policy formulation, the management of financial resources, staff
resourcing and stakeholder management.
• Attend Hockey Ireland events when required.
• Represent and champion the interests of Hockey Ireland in the hockey and wider communities.
• Ensure the statutory responsibilities applicable to company directors under the terms
of the Companies Act are discharged.
• Ensure the Board operates in accordance with accepted best practice in respect of
Governance Code for Sport.
• Offer advice and guidance, in a consultative capacity, to the Chair, Directors and
executive staff, as required.
• Ensure the organisation is run in an open, equitable and transparent way in the
interests of its members and the game as a whole.
Essential
• A good working knowledge of the principles of good corporate governance and board responsibilities.
• Evidence of experience operating at a strategic level and the ability to work well in a team.
Additionally, for those with interest in High Performance, the following is also essential:
• Strong command of issues facing National Governing Bodies for sport in Ireland and/or
Northern Ireland.
• Understanding of Sport Ireland/Sport NI
• Background and/or experience in High Performance Sport.