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The clock is ticking for Tokyo – time to assess whether your Board is fit for purpose

Posted by in Board Level, Commercial, Digital, Elite Performance, Management, Media, Mike Squires, Sponsorship

The warm glow of a remarkable Rio Olympics has enveloped British sport. UK Sport, has, quite rightly, been given due credit for the successful implementation of its long term investment strategy but, with the build-up for Tokyo 2020 already started, this is no time to rest on ones laurels. At SRi, we have the advantage of seeing the global success of Team GB, with offices in Australia, Singapore, China, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and the US offering an outside vantage point. In each market and across many sports including rowing, cycling,…read more

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Critical Board Relationships

Posted by in Board Level, Management, Mike Squires

The key relationships present in any sporting body fall into two distinct camps; external and internal. The external relationships include the Government, media, sponsors and the like, whereas internal relationships are almost exclusively between members of the Board. Getting these relationships right can be trickier than you’d think. Arguably the most critical dynamic which sets the foundation for an effective Board is that between the Chair and the CEO. This relationship can be made more complex when the Chair is a passionate unpaid volunteer and the CEO comes from a…read more

Sporting dynamics at Board level

Posted by in Board Level, Management, Mike Squires

Recently, Sport England and UK Sport published a Charter for Sports Governance, highlighting eight critical components to meet the demands for organisations in modern sport: Transparency, Integrity, Financial probity, Leadership and decision making, Membership, Independence of thought, Diversity, and Culture. Some observers may feel dismay that it has been necessary for such important bodies as Sport England and UK Sport to state what is, to so many of us, the obvious. However, recent events of corruption, drug cheating and general poor practice means that a clear set of fundamentals must…read more

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Be careful what you wish for

Posted by in Board Level, Career Advice, Mike Squires

Some thoughts on building a portfolio of Non-Executive Directorships In modern sport, independent non-executive directors (INEDs) are now seen as increasingly vital positions across most major sports entities, such as international federations, national governing bodies, professional leagues, major events organising committees and other public-funded sports organisations. Through my work with SRi – alongside partners such as the RFU, Football League, 2017 World Athletics, the Golf Foundation and Sports and Recreation Alliance – and with personal experience of numerous NED roles, I find myself often being asked for advice by executives…read more

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Climbing the Career Mountain

Posted by in Career Advice, Mike Squires

After more than 30 years in executive search, I remain convinced more than ever, that our primary objective and concern should be to our candidates. Yes, our fees are paid for by our clients but experience has shown me that if we get it right by the candidate, it will inevitably be the right solution for the client. All too often I have seen both competitors and indeed some of my own consultants become fixated by dancing to the client’s tune, to the detriment of what is right by the…read more

Career Mobility in the Global Market Place

Posted by in Career Advice, Mike Squires

Sports rights holders are increasingly viewing their markets beyond their traditional geographic territories. Major rights holders such as the NFL, WTA and NBA have global ambitions and are building both an infrastructure and talent pool to achieve their international objectives. These trends led to the development of our four regional hub offices in London, Lausanne, Singapore and Sydney and, in 2013, our presence in Melbourne and planned development in Beijing in 2014. With this international development trend we have seen an increase in the demand and desire to transfer technical…read more