Amateur Boxing Association of England
Job Title: Chief Executive (CEO)
Package Range: Circa 100k
Boxing is one of the oldest sports in the world and has featured in the Olympic Games since 1904.
ABAE also has a successful record of achieving Olympic medals winning a Gold and two Bronze
medals in Beijing 2008, a Silver in Athens 2004 and a Gold in Sydney 2000.
Since 2005 the CEO position has been undertaken by Paul King under a secondment agreement
from his employers Liverpool City Council. This arrangement ceases on 31 March 2011 and the
Board of ABAE has decided to now appoint a full time CEO.
The CEO reports directly to the Board of the ABAE and will be a member of the Board. The CEO is
responsible for every aspect of the operation of the sport in England from grass roots participation
through to excellence at all levels.
The CEO ensures the ABAE Board and Council meet a requisite number of times a year and are
supported administratively in fulfilling their roles as the decision making bodies within ABAE for the
business and the sport respectively. The successful candidate must also have the vision, experience
and drive to manage and direct, with the support of the ABAE Council and Development Group the 10
Regions of the ABAE in terms of delivering the Whole Sport Plan (WSP) 2009/13 and assist them in
the administration and growth of the sport throughout their specific areas. The sport is flourishing in
terms of growth due to large increases in Clubs and Participation at all levels. ABAE are now seeking
to build even further on these achievements and the CEO, must deliver against current and future
The CEO will be expected to provide strategic leadership on all aspects of the WSP and provide the
interface to all agencies and stakeholders, with special reference to Sport England the sports main
funder. In addition the CEO must be able to seek and build positive relationships with commercial
supporters and partners as the sport seeks to optimise its opportunity to expand external funding.
The Amateur Boxing Associations of England, Scotland and Wales have now formed themselves into
a single organisation called the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA). One of its objectives is
the delivery of medals in major International competitions up to and including the 2012 Olympic
Games in London. The ABAE CEO must have a clear commitment to ensuring this process is
maintained, further developed and deliver a long term sustainable World Class system for British
Boxing which will seek to subsequently filter down into the home nations pathways. The successful
candidate will be appointed to the Board of the BABA.
The CEO is responsible for the overall strategic delivery of the WSP, management of the sport and
attainment of its goals. The role is to lead and direct the sport and staff to deliver on our identified
interventions, performance targets and outcomes agreed with Sport England.
1. Be the advocate for change by developing and driving the Whole Sport Plan by building an
environment of success and quality across the whole ABAE, through the building of strong
relationships with all stakeholders including Regional Associations, clubs, technical,
management and administrative staff and external partners, to meet the targets of the WSP.
2. Be responsible for the recruitment and management of all ABAE permanent and non
permanent staff, including the establishment and subsequent implementation of employee
policies and performance management systems.
3. Be commercially astute recognising the increasing demand to encourage and attract external
funding to the activities of ABAE in coordination with the BABA.
4. Be media wise and astute. The ABAE has a prominent public profile and there is more to do.
The CEO will lead a strategy of continual improvement in the relationships with the media and
press aiming to ensure we are seen as a professionally run and efficient organisation.
5. Work closely with the ABAE National and Regional Coaches to set challenging but realistic
targets and establish the operational plan and resources necessary to meet the agreed
targets for all athletes. This will include amongst others:
The model of preparation and competition, responding as appropriate to the
Amateur Boxing changes as they occur.
Selection policies for squads and events
Activity plans for training camps, competitions, control events, etc.
6. Establish the budget for the ABAE in line with available funding. The CEO has overall
responsibility for ensuring that expenditure does not exceed the budget and for the production
of the necessary financial reports required by the Board and Sport England.
7. Ensure all activities within the direct control of the CEO continue to improve and enhance the
reputation of Amateur Boxing within England and the UK.
8. Ensure the ABAE delivers against all of the WSP targets and outcomes and communicates
this success internally and externally, through establishing and using robust tools for
monitoring the effectiveness of interventions and targets regarding all aspects of the Whole
9. Ensure that all aspects of the WSP meet best practice in the areas of ethics, child protection,
welfare and health and safety.
10. Ensure that the highest standards of International Anti-Doping policies, as subscribed to by
UK Sport and Sport England, are fully accepted and integrated by all those involved in the
11. Be prominent on the World stage to ensure that good relationships with all International
Federations are achieved in support of the ABAE and also benefitting BABA.
12. Lead by example and ensure the standards of all members of the ABAE, represent at all
times the principles and qualities required to maintain the ABAE profile and success in the
highest regard by all external partners.
The above list is not regarded as exclusive or exhaustive, as there may be other duties and
requirements commensurate with the post and grade of which the incumbent may be required to
perform from time to time.
Facts & Figures
The budget to fund the ABAE WSP funded by Sport England with internal and external income is
circa £6m over the four year period to March 2013. Naturally there are performance conditions in
maintaining this budget figure delivers against the outcomes agreed.
The CEO will have the responsibility for identifying and implementing an appropriate staffing structure
to manage and operate the Programme on a day-to-day basis. This currently includes a four National
Officers Posts, Administration Manager, three Administration Assistants and Ten full or part time
Boxing Development Officers and three High Performance Coaches. This structure and remuneration
will be agreed with the ABAE Board in line with the agreed budget.
Knowledge, Experience and Person Profile
Relevant senior experience of A relevant qualification in
employment in high quality sports coaching, management
sporting environment. or sport science.
Knowledge and Experience
Have demonstrated success as a Have experience of liaison with
leader within a successful national internal and external agencies
sport. including government sports
councils, including the
Highly developed managerial and preparation of plans, reports
administration skills, including and funding applications.
strategic planning, problem solving
and decision making, budgetary First-hand experience
control and report writing international sports
competitions, such as the
Have a comprehensive Olympic Games, World
understanding of the sports Championships and European
development environment, Championships.
including strategy, coaching,
international competition and Demonstrated ability to manage
development pathways. a national sport ensuring
success and leadership.
Behavioural Competencies and
Be able to engage all stakeholders Ability to think ‘outside the box’
and compel change, with vision and recognise potential
and a passion for growth, sustain
and excellence, to have a proven Appreciation of and
track record of setting and commitment to mandatory
achieving goals. aspects of child protection,
health, safety and welfare in all
Highly developed personal and matters.
communication skills and able to
present to a high standard. Willingness to work irregular
hours and travel extensively
both within the UK and
Excellent team leadership skills overseas, with overnight stays
with the capability to manage and and weekend work.
inspire all employees and
volunteers within the ABAE team. A commitment to their own
continued and innovative
Well-developed active listening development and a complete
skills showing an ability to take commitment to BABA and GB
direction as well as to direct. Boxing for the 2012 Olympic
Games and beyond.
Outstanding commitment to the
development of sport.
Dynamic and enthusiastic leader
with vision and ability to develop
strategic goals and implement
High-level drive and
determination to succeed, with a
desire to push the ABAE forward.
Commitment to equity and
ABAE Board and Council
British Olympic Association (BOA)
International governing body (AIBA)
European governing body (EUBC)
EIS and other Home Country Institutes
Home Country National Boxing Associations
External Funding Partners and Sponsors