The Diversity in Sport Governance report was prepared by Inclusive Boards on behalf of us and UK Sport, and provides a comprehensive picture of the diversity of boards up to the end of 2018.
And Dame Katherine Grainger, chair of UK Sport, paid tribute to the impact of A Code for Sports Governance, which was co-produced by us and UK Sport and brought into force in 2017.
“It’s been two years since the introduction of A Code for Sports Governance and we’ve seen significant progress around the number of women serving on boards across the sport sector. This is hugely encouraging but we are under no illusions that there is still a huge amount of work to do in the area of diversity.
Just 5.2% of all board members identified across Sport England and UK Sport-funded bodies were BAME
“Diversity of experience and thought around the board table is essential if sports organisations are to effectively represent and engage people from all quarters of society. Today’s report reveals the work still required to make sure talented people from a range of backgrounds have the opportunity to influence the way sports organisations at all levels operate and represent their members and stakeholders.”
With Perrett Laver senior consultant Imogen Sanders adding: “The response across the sector has been extremely positive, with real interest in accessing the pool of talent being identified.
“The candidates we are working with bring new and innovative approaches to ensure sport fulfils this potential.
“The skills and perspectives they offer will help transform how sport and physical activity is delivered in this country.”
Perrett Laver is supported in the delivery of the project by a consortium of expert partners, including RimJhim Consulting, Birkbeck University of London, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Women on Boards, Activity Alliance and Stonewall.