British Rowing Junior Committee – Chair

🍖 A bit about the role

The key leadership role for one of the growth areas of rowing in GB, you’ll be leading a passionate group of volunteers and staff to engage with our amazing clubs, junior members clubs and schools to ensure that Junior Rowing remains at the forefront of development goals for rowing in GB.

Your work will be to lead, oversee and deliver the aims of the Committee, summarised currently as seeking Junior Rowing in GB to be Inclusive, Accessible, Challenging, Enjoyable and Safe. Ideally, it would be wonderful to think that any young person who wishes to try rowing should be able to do so -and enjoy it! A challenging but a worthwhile position.

Working with the staff and other volunteer committee Chairs, as a member of the Sport Committee, you will contribute to the overall BR strategy planning cycle, share ideas, make connections to support change and improvement – and break down barriers to participation.

There’s a huge variety to this inspiring role and so your work will be varied – possibly to include:

  • To lead and support a diverse Junior Committee and chair regular JRC meetings
  • Support both volunteers and staff members involved
  • Make sure the work of the committee integrates with British Rowing’s strategy and support junior pathway development.
  • Appoint new members when required
  • Represent the Junior Committee on the British Rowing Sport Committee

You’ll also work closely with the team at British Rowing who are there to help you make Junior Rowing enjoyable for everyone involved. As an important leader in one of the sport’s key membership groups ( and future success) you will also have an opportunity to shape our future development and event strategy, helping to come up with the ideas that will take our sport to a new level.

👏 A bit about you

  • First and foremost, you’ll be an excellent team player.
  • We need someone who understands rowing, and what junior athletes, competitors, their friends and families look for and need in order to participate and engage positively with the sport.
  • You’ll be as comfortable reading and understanding a strategy document as you will be working with our fantastic volunteers and staff.
  • Being aware of the challenges and opportunities in both school and junior club rowing.
  • You need to have a can-do attitude and be someone who will make things happen.
  • You need to be creative, highly motivated and forward-thinking (someone who gets excited and inspired when they think about the benefits for young people involved in rowing.)

🚣‍♀️ A bit about us

Our passion is rowing. We are the governing body for rowing, responsible for supporting grassroots rowing in England and getting the GB Rowing Team ready for the Olympics, Paralympics and other international competitions.

We are a membership organisation with over 25,000 individual members and we are looking to support 520 affiliated clubs and 220 affiliated events. We cover all types of rowing whether it’s on the river, in the gym (on a rowing machine) or even on the sea and so a key aim is to use our content to help engage the wider rowing community.

📝Get your application in

To apply for this role, please send us your CV alongside a covering letter to our Head of HR, Kasia Szkatulska. Thereafter, Kasia will invite the successful candidates for an interview with a panel of senior volunteers and staff.  We’re going to close applications on 13 May but, if you like the sound of the job, please apply straight away as we reserve the right to close applications early.

Job Title – Chair of the Junior Rowing Committee

Reports to Sport Committee

Job Purpose – Chair of the BR Junior Committee 

The purpose of this voluntary role is to consider, support and promote the issues particular to Junior rowing in England and across GB as a whole. As the mouthpiece for young people in rowing, the Junior Committee plays a vital role in ensuring that the voices of schools, clubs with juniors, junior coaches, athletes and their supporters are heard and understood.

The Committee consists of Regional representatives ( one from each region) alongside co-opted members from leading Junior events ( NSR, Schools’Head, Scullery, HRR and JIRR among others ) and from other junior rowing groups ( Kitchin Society, State School group, Junior International teams).


  • To lead and support the Junior Rowing Committee.
  • Chair regular Junior Committee meetings ( presently approx. 4 per year. )
  • Encourage regular attendance by all those on the committee
  • Support both the volunteers and staff members involved
  • Be available to deliver the Junior perspective on any issues that arise within BR.
  • Monitor progress against the stated aims and regularly review them
  • Make sure the aims align with British Rowing’s strategy and operations and the wider sport, in the GB Rowing Team and British Rowing Junior Events, in order to increase performance and support the junior pathway
  • Make sure that the Committee’s roles and responsibilities reflect those required to best support the work of the committee.
  • Co-opt members when required, keeping a representation from major junior events and groups that support the work of the committee.
  • Regularly review focus points and work with staff/volunteers to make improvement and positive change.
  • Represent the Junior Committee on the Sport Committee attending their regular meetings ( presently 3or 4 per year)
  • Help to present a positive image of British Rowing (including its committees, volunteers and staff) and the sport of rowing at all times
  • At all times consider how to support the strategic objectives of British Rowing

This list is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive, as there may be other duties and requirements associated with the post, which British Rowing may call upon the post-holder to perform from time to time.

Person Specification

  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with a network of key people internally and externally
  • Understands when and how to support, mentor, delegate and/or direct as required
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and negotiation skills, and the ability to multi- task
  • Calm, methodical and not impulsive
  • Conveys information clearly, accurately and in a timely manner
  • Passion for the sport.

Equal Opportunities

British Rowing is committed to equal opportunities for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Additional information


The role is voluntary, reasonable expenses will be covered by British Rowing.

Application Dates: From Wednesday 27th April 2022 to Friday 20th May 2022

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