Harper Performance CIC invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals who are interested in becoming a trustee for the non-profit social enterprise. Expressions of interest (EoL) are invited from those who can provide strategic and advocacy support, along with professionals with high-level expertise in compliance, auditing, and fundraising. Trustees of Harper Performance CIC will be tasked with helping ensure the vision and legacy of the organisation are realised.
Our perfect trustee would be:
Genuinely interested in what Harper Performance is doing.
Supportive of Harper Performance and what we are trying to achieve.
Objective and able to provide, or access, new perspectives.
Willing to provide Harper Performance access to their expertise, contacts and wisdom.
Able to constructively critique and challenge Harper Performance in a way that helps us grow.
And could demonstrate:
Extensive experience and expertise in a relevant field.
Demonstrable understanding of elite sport and talent pathways.
Experience working or consulting in the third sector.
Extensive and accessible professional network.
Background to Social Enterprises & Community Interest Companies
Social enterprises address the most pressing problems societies face through employing scalable, self-sustainable and innovative business models. They must balance financial responsibilities and social impact and must coordinate among multiple stakeholders, including employees, regulators, clients and beneficiaries. As a result, social enterprise leaders manage complex trade-offs.
Social enterprises take on various legal structures, the most common being as a Community Interest Company (CIC). Harper Performance is a registered Community Interest Company limited by guarantee. A CIC is, put simply, a normal limited company with extra features to mark it out as a non-profit social enterprise. The key added feature is that CIC’s come under the regulation of the office of the CIC Regulator. The Regulator’s job is to make sure that the CIC is genuinely a social enterprise and is not abusing the trust that the public expects to put in a community interest company. By putting the company under the Regulator’s scrutiny, the directors of a CIC can clearly demonstrate that the company is genuinely a social enterprise venture and not for private profit.
Background to Harper Performance CIC
Harper Performance CIC is an SEUK certified non-profit social enterprise providing performance-support services and consultancy to aspirational athletes, teams and sports organisations across the world. We exist to fiercely champion the underdog, specialising in the provision of relevant, accessible, sustainable and locally-driven performance support to athletes and organisations hamstrung by logistical, economic and sociocultural barriers to sporting excellence.
Harper Performance was founded in 2015 by the performance-support practitioner; Tim Harper following over a decade working in elite sport in the UK and overseas. Tim had grown frustrated with the lack of performance-support available to vast swathes of talented athletes and the calm acceptance that athletes from large, rich countries enjoy benefits not available to those from poorer, smaller countries and regions. Tim rewrote his mission statement to make better use of his skills, of his experience and of his professional training and set about working with people and organisations that harboured all the talent and all the GRIT, but none of the performance support that they need to realise their true athletic and sporting potential.
This became the mission statement of Harper Performance and with the help of like-minded practitioners, a small group of expert sports scientists, strength & conditioning coaches, and sports medicine practitioners started pursuing opportunities to work with athletes and teams from all sports and disciplines with genuine aspirations to reach the top but who are hamstrung by logistical, financial and sociocultural barriers to performance.
Harper Performance was born, and with social enterprise certification awarded in August 2016 by SEUK, incorporation as a 'community interest company' in early-2018 and an ever-growing collection of clients and projects all over the world, things have snowballed from there!
Trustee Commitment and Expectations
Trustees will be asked to attend twice annual meetings in London and to be available for up to 2-3 hours per month via phone, Skype or in-person meeting. As a guide, trustees will be expected to commit to the following:
Believe in and be an active advocate and ambassador for the values, mission and vision of Harper Performance CIC.
Work with fellow board members to fulfill the obligations of board membership.
Attend board meetings.
Prepare for these meetings by reviewing materials and bringing the materials to meetings.
Stay informed about Harper Performance CIC, its issues, and its connection to the community.
Actively support the fundraising operations of Harper Performance CIC.
As appropriate, use personal and professional contacts and expertise to benefit Harper Performance CIC.
Work in partnership with and respect the authority of Harper Performance's leadership staff.
Responsibilities of the trustees include, but are not limited to:
Ensure that Harper Performance CIC remains relevant and its strategy is achievable.
Support the development of an appropriate plan to deliver Harper Performance’s mission, vision and strategy.
Support the development of an appropriate plan to grow the CIC.
Monitor business performance, including performance against budgets and targets.
Evaluate the results, outcomes and impacts of the business.
Assist in advocacy work, including through fundraising initiatives and network building.
Deadline for Expressions of Interest
Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest before the end of March 2019 by email to this address; firstname.lastname@example.org. Harper Performance CIC will formally respond to all interested parties in due course including expected timelines for appointment and installation of trustees.