North Yorkshire Sport is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, volunteer or trustee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.
North Yorkshire Sport will ensure that there is open admission to all those who wish to work in partnership or collaborate with us, across all areas of our work and the sport and physical activity landscape and that they are treated fairly.
North Yorkshire Sports commitment to diversity on the board of trustees
North Yorkshire Sport do not pursue diversity for the sake of it or to achieve a ‘tick-box’ result; we do it because diversity brings new thinking and challenge to old ideas.
Not only do we want our trustees and staff to reflect the population they serve we want them to ensure we consider and cater for all aspects of North Yorkshire when we make decisions about where we commit and utilise our resources.
We are committed to having no less than 1/3rd of our board from either gender (we currently have 4 women and 7 men – Oct 23) and we welcome and encourage applications from all members of society without prejudice to age, sexual orientation, disability, gender, religion or race.
We will ensure any trustee vacancies receive the widest possible coverage to guarantee that opportunities are seen and available to all.
Diversity & Inclusion Sub Group
North Yorkshire Sport has a subgroup of the board with a specific focus on Diversity & Inclusion. The sub group terms of reference can be found below. Membership of the sub group includes:
- Halima Khan – Trustee & Chair
- Nichola Skedgel – Trustee
- Damien Smith – Director of Operations (Staff)
- Laura Young – Active Communities Manager (Staff)
- Dan Thomas – Youth Engagement Manager (Staff)
- Simon Pierce – Health & Wellbeing Manager (Staff)
- Garth de Roux – Active Communities Manager (Staff)
North Yorkshire Sport Equality Policy
The policy has been created with an aim to improve equality of access to sport and physical activity and the promotion of equal opportunities for all.
Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan – UK Code of Governance
The UK Code of Governance requires North Yorkshire Sport to ‘recruit and engage people with diversity of background, thought, independence, skills and experience to take effective decisions that further the organisation’s goals and best serve our communities, stakeholders and wider UK society‘
As part of this we are supported by Sport England and other partners to:
- publish clear ambitions to ensure our leadership represents and reflects the diversity of our local community. These ambitions shall be centred on us committing to achieving greater diversity in all its forms on our Board and senior leadership team, as well as where possible cascading this ambition
- create a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) which, among other things, shall:
a. identify actions needed to achieve, support and then maintain the organisations ambitions, including how these will be reviewed;
b. demonstrate a strong and public commitment to promoting, embedding and advancing diversity and inclusion on the Board, senior leadership team and beyond;
c. be published on the our website, with an annual update;
d. be agreed with UK Sport and/or Sport England.
- The Board shall maintain and regularly review the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), on at least an annual basis.
Diversity and Inclusion is a long-term endeavour that takes time, commitment and requires support from a range of partners. We want to create a DIAP that is ambitious, actionable and a meaningful step towards helping us and the sector be more inclusive and representative of our society.
North Yorkshire Sport is currently being supported to create our DIAP by Sport England and AKD Solutions, with a plan that is signed off by he North Yorkshire Sport Board and Sport England by the end of March 2024.