ukactive Board Elections


ukactive Board Elections

What is the opportunity

ukactive is reconstituting its’ Membership Council and wider governance structure, and is inviting applications to join its Membership Council via a membership election.

The Council is elected to represent the ukactive membership and ensure that the views of the Membership are fed in to the strategy and operations of the organisation.

The purpose of the Membership Council is to provide the direct voice of ukactive members up to Board, and to share key updates from ukactive out to members. Board will also ask for Membership Council opinion on matters relating to the industry.

The opportunity is for those who work for ukactive members, across the whole physical activity sector. There are 14 seats available which are elected on an initial 3-year term. These positions are not remunerated.

The Chair of the Membership Council, who will be elected from one of the 14 seats, will also sit on the ukactive Board.

Further changes and the corresponding election processes to the other member sub-Committees will be announced in 2022.

Membership Council Seats

Members are invited to apply for one of the seats below. Applications should be made based on the organisation which the applicant works for.

The breakdown of the 14 seats on the Membership Council are shown below: –

Public Sector Representation, based on market/site volume.

  • Leisure Trust
  • Management provider
  • Director or Head of Service for in house
  • Further education/Higher Education Director

Private Sector Representation, based on market/site volume

  • Low cost operator
  • Mid-Market/Franchise
  • Premium operator
  • Boutique (Multi Site) or Group Exercise based provision
  • Spa/Hotel provision

 Independent Representation

  • Independent (which will become Chair of the Independent Council)

 Wider Activity

  • Outdoor Recreation/ National Governing body
  • Wider Corporate / Children’s Activity Provider

 Supplier Council

  • 2 x Suppliers (which will become Chair and Vice Chair of the Supplier Council)


Interested parties are invited to submit an application, via the form below, along with supporting references from 2 separate current ukactive member organisations. Please note, supporting references must come from a senior individual (E.g. CEO, MD, Director level) at these organisations.

Rules and Requirements

  1. Applicants must work in a senior role (E.g. CEO, Director) for an existing ukactive member.
  2. Applicants are only able to stand in the category that their organisation represents.
  3. Only one applicant per member organisation.
  4. Applicants must confirm that they can dedicate the required time to commit to this role. The expectation of Membership Council members is that they attend a quarterly Council meeting (TBC – but likely to be in person) and also a quarterly forum for the sector channel which they represent (currently held virtually).
  5. Applicants must sign and agree that they adhere to the all of the acknowledgements listed on the application form.
  6. Supporting references must be received from 2 senior individuals (e.g. CEO, Director) from separate existing ukactive member organisations for the application to be valid. These cannot come from the applicants own organisation.


Applications close on 23rd November 2021. Applicants will be reviewed by the ukactive Nominations Committee and a final list of applicants will be confirmed by 30th November 2021. Elections with the ukactive membership will then take place between 30th November and 10th December 2021.

Only ukactive members will be able to vote in these elections. Voting links will be sent directly to the key contact for each ukactive member organisation. Votes will be based on 1 ukactive member organisation = 1 vote.

Successful candidates will be informed on 14th December 2021. The first meeting of the new Membership Council will take at the end of January 2022.

Once all 14 seats have been filled then the process for electing the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Membership Council will take place. The Chair will be invited to attend the ukactive Board meeting on 19th January 2022.

How to apply

Please complete the application form below, which includes a short biography and skills section, and a headshot photo. It will also be optional to include links to applicants LinkedIn or Twitter accounts.

Please note that this will be included on the ukactive website and available to ukactive members as part of the voting process.

Please ensure that email confirmation from your two supporting references is sent to

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please send an email to:


  • Please provide a short biography (maximum of 200 words) to introduce your background, including relevant positions of responsibility
  • Please provide a short statement (maximum of 200 words) outlining the skills you will bring to ensure that ukactive meets its vision of raising the value and importance of activity to society and getting more people, more active, more often.
  • Please provide a short statement (maximum of 200 words) outlining the boards and projects that you have been involved in supporting with ukactive or other third party organisations, and outline the commitment that you have showed to supporting them to be a success.
  • Accepted file types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg, psd, ai, pdf, heic, Max. file size: 10 MB.
    Please attach a corporate head and shoulder photo for your application (in jpeg format).
  • Please provide your linkedin URL, if you would like to include as part of your submission.
  • Please provide your Twitter URL, if you would like to include as part of your submission.

  • Supporting References

    In order to be eligible for election on the ukactive Board, you must secure supporting references from two fellow members. As per the guidelines:
    • Supporting References cannot be put forward from your own organisation
    • Each supporting reference must be from a separate organisation
    • Supporting References must come from a current ukactive member
    • Supporting References are only eligible when submitted by a senior individual
    • Supporting References can simply be email statements supporting your nomination
    Please provide the details of the supporting references below. For these to be validated, an email confirmation of the supporting reference should be sent to (with this application).

  • Supporting Reference 1

  • Supporting Reference 2

  • Acknowledgement

    I declare that I am not disqualified from acting as a board member of any UK-based organisation and that:
    • I have read and agree to the Terms of Reference for the relevant board
    • I am aged 18 years or over at the date of this application;
    • I am not incapable of acting by reason of mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983;
    • I do not have an unspent conviction relating to any offence involving deception or dishonesty;
    • I am not an undischarged bankrupt nor have I made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, my creditors (ignore if discharged from such an arrangement);
    • I am not subject to a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or to an order made under section 429(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986;
    • I have not been removed from office by an Order made by the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement nor am I subject to an Order preventing me from being concerned in the management or control of any relevant organisation or body;
    • I will act appropriately throughout the election process and will not let my nomination affect my general workings with ukactive and other ukactive member organisations.

  • Electronic Signature