Vacancies at the ECF

Development Officer

The Development Officer’s main areas of responsibility will be —

Assisting with the revival of grassroots chess; training local organisers; bringing more juniors into local clubs; promoting social chess and community events; encouraging chess organisations to recruit more children and young adults; supporting new formats of events aimed at bringing a wider layer of players into organised chess; raising chess’s public profile; and assisting the ECF with national and local fundraising. Further details can be found in the Development Officer Specification here

The ideal candidate will be an active chess player with experience of various levels of chess. They should also have an interest in approaching sponsors and other stakeholders, and in media, public relations and marketing.

The Development Officer will report to the CEO and will work closely with the Directors of Home Chess, Women’s Chess, Junior Chess and Education and International Chess.

The post will be part-time and be remunerated, with an additional bonus opportunity based on the delivery of performance-related targets including in particular membership fee revenue growth.

The ECF is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Applications should be received no later than 5th July 2019.

Company Secretary


The Company Secretary reports to the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and contributes to the overall success of the organisation by ensuring that the Federation complies with all its legal obligations under that relevant rules and regulations of the Companies Act.  Additionally, the Company Secretary oversees the production of Board and Council minutes and manages the electoral activities for Council meetings.

Principal Duties

  • Maintaining the statutory registers
  • Ensuring that statutory forms are completed promptly
  • Providing Board members, members and auditors with notice of meetings in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that filings to Companies House are made on a timely basis including appointments and resignations of directors
  • Preparing the agendas for Council and Board meetings in conjunction with the respective chairmen of those meetings
  • Overseeing the production of the minutes for Council and Board meetings
  • Managing the calling of general meetings of Council, the distribution of relevant documentation and publication on the website for the meeting
  • Managing the electoral processes of the Federation in accordance with the procedural bye laws
  • The Company Secretary is expected to attend Council and Board meetings
  • Oversee the duties of the Voting Registration Officer (VRO)

Other Duties

  • Ensure that the Board meetings and general meetings of Council comply with the Federation’s governing Articles, Regulations and procedures
  • Maintain records including those of present and past office holders
  • Ensure that the publication of annual reports and accounts comply with the Federation’s Articles, Regulations and procedures
  • Review relevant legislation relating to the duties of the Company Secretary

Time Commitment

  • Including attendance at Council and Board meetings, overseeing the production of agendas and minutes: 15 days per annum

Skills and experience required

  • Administrative experience in dealing with corporate records and organising meetings
  • Recognised qualification in company secretarial activities, legal activities or accounting preferred, but not essential


The Company Secretary is expected to liaise effectively with the Non-Executive Chairmen of Council and the Board, Board members, the Office staff and with others interfacing with the Federation.

If you are interested in this role please contact the ECF Office –

Financial Controller


The Financial Controller reports to the Finance Director and contributes to the overall success of the organisation by managing all the accounting tasks, supporting the requirements for corporate, income tax and VAT and the formulation of budgets.

Accounting Tasks

  • Ensuring that complete and accurate accounting records are maintained
  • Ensure that complete and accurate documentation is maintained for all financial transactions
  • Ensure that the bookkeeping systems and activities are maintained for the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll.
  • Ensuring that all statutory requirements in relation to pension payments, Income tax, corporation tax and VAT are met
  • Reconciliation of bank and savings accounts, income and payments, and cash flow management
  • Prepare all accounting records and supporting documentation for the annual audit and production of the annual accounts
  • Liaison with the auditors for the preparation of the annual accounts

Management Information

  • Provide the formation necessary for the production of regular management accounts and information for the Board and directors on a regular (regularity to be agreed) and ad hoc basis.


  • Support the production of the annual budget


  • Support the development of accounting and office procedures
  • Support the computerisation of the accounting and information systems

Skills and experience required

  • Maintaining accounts and accounting records up to trial balance
  • Recognised accounting qualification preferred, but not essential

Time Commitment

  • Estimated at one and half to two days per week on average equivalent to 75 to 100 days per annum


The Financial Controller is expected is liaise effectively with the Finance Director, the Office staff, Board members and with others interfacing with the Federation.

If you are interested in this role please contact the Finance Director – David Eustace

Manager of ICT

The person appointed will be responsible for providing advice to the Board on all ICT matters. He/she will support the office to ensure that the office ICT is maintained, and provide advice as necessary on upgrades to the office ICT infrastructure. The Manager is appointed by the Board and reports to the Director of Membership

Controller, Counties Rapidplay Championship

The holder of this post reports to the Director of Home Chess
(Adrian Elwin Email:
Please contact him for further details and to make applications

Please note – these are all voluntary (unpaid) posts

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