BASES Executive Director

  • Headingley, Leeds
  • 13th September 2019

Organisation: The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

Job title: Executive Director

Salary: £36,365-£42,578 (depending on expertise and experience)

Reporting to: Chair and the Board of BASES

Location: Leeds Beckett University, Headingley, Leeds

Hours: Full-time (Monday-Friday, 37.5 hours per week)

Application closing date: Friday 13 September (9am)

Interview date: Friday 20 September (Leeds)


The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK. The Association’s mission is to advance knowledge and evidence-based practice in the sport and exercise sciences for the benefit of human performance, health and education.

In addition to delivering a world-leading annual conference, BASES hosts a Student Conference every year, runs training and development programmes and provides a range of membership services including professional accreditation.

About the role

The main responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure effective day-to-day management of the Association under delegated authority from the Board.
  • Develop and deliver on the BASES Strategic Plan in the most effective and efficient manner, providing regular updates and reports to the Board;
  • Work closely with and support the BASES Chair;

Key deliverables

To implement the BASES Strategic Plan including managing all operational, administrative, financial, logistical, staffing and performance areas as necessary. This will include:

  • Acting as the line manager for the BASES Executive Team (4 direct reports) including workload and performance management, appraisals, personal development and weekly team meetings;
  • Ensuring the accurate financial administration of all BASES activities and the implementation of appropriate budgetary recording and auditing procedures. This will include the management of quarterly management accounts, production and management of budgets and production of annual end-of-year accounts;
  • Managing and developing membership services (with support of the Executive Team) including conferences, workshops, CPD events, publicity and promotional activities;
  • Overseeing the strategic and operational management of all accreditations and education programmes (Supervised Experience, SEPAR) offered by BASES to its members;
  • Managing all internal IT systems, ensuring accurate maintenance of membership data, adherence to regulations (e.g. GDPR) and efficient execution of administrative tasks;
  • Organising and preparing all relevant materials for Board meetings (5 per year), providing updates and reports on progress against strategic objectives and ensuring all actions are followed through;
  • Delivering an outstanding Annual Conference in collaboration with a conference management company; producing the programme and abstracts booklet, managing the conference finances, co-ordinating the conference programmes, marketing the conference and post-conference evaluation;
  • Attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association, managing the agenda and ensuring any amendments to the Articles and Memorandum of Association and Rules are made where necessary;
  • Managing the production and writing of the Annual Report of the Association;
  • Regular telephone/Skype meetings with the Chair of BASES to provide updates on work progress and planning/reviewing activities in conjunction with the Strategic Plan;
  • Undertaking any other reasonable instruction as requested by the Chair and Board of BASES.

Key applicant attributes

Education and qualifications
  • Good honours degree or equivalent in Management, Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Management or related subject.
Job related skills
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills;
  • Financial management experience;
  • Board meeting experience;
  • Excellent and rounded IT skills.
Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent line management skills;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively;
  • Ability to deal professionally with a range of stakeholders.
Other requirements
  • Experience of developing and implementing strategic plans;
  • Track record of achieving targets within tight deadlines;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Keen interest in sport and exercise and/or science.

Benefits package:

  • 35 day’s paid holiday per year
  • Employer pension contribution of 6%
  • Gym membership allowance of £200.00 per annum
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • £50.00 annual contribution towards a sight test and cost of glasses if needed for VDU work.

Informal enquires:

Can be made to Tom Holden, BASES Executive Director, at

How to apply:

Please email a 1-page (maximum) cover letter, and 2-page (maximum) CV including names of two referees combined in a single Microsoft Word document file (named by your surname) to Tom Holden at

Applications will not be accepted from Agencies.

If you are selected for interview you will be contacted within 1 week of the closing date. If you do not hear from us within this period then you should assume that, unfortunately, on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

Contact us
  • Rooms G07 and G08 Fairfax Hall, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus. Headingley, Leeds LS6 3QT
  • 07838 153258