Sporting Equals Leaderboard
About SE Leaderboard

The aim of SE Leaderboard is to introduce a culture of diversity within sports governing bodies and authorities. We believe that increasing diversity in race, ethnicity, gender and disability is essential in order to achieve the shared aims of increased participation levels at grassroots and through coaching and volunteering.

'Diversifying board’s makes good business sense. Research shows they make for better decision making and are more profitable. Diversifying the top positions in sport will therefore be a win win, meaning more people will participate and sport will make a substantially greater financial contribution to our country'
Arun Kang, CEO, Sporting Equals

We want to ensure that sports infrastructure organisations recognise the benefits of embracing diversity as one of the tools for achieving success in their sport or in their local area.

The need for this work is confirmed in the 'Who's on board 2014?' report which shows that only 3% of NGB board members are from BME backgrounds.

SE Leaderboard encompasses the following activities.

Leadership Audit

In partnerhsip with Sport England we will continue to carry out an annual leadership audit. This information will help us see the progress made by NGBs and inform activities within and beyond SE Leaderboard to ensure that sports infrastructure is appropriate to all.

The Leadership Audit in 2014 conducted by Sport England led to our 'Who's on board?' report. This report presents the current picture and the business case for encouraging diversity.


We can accept recommendations for suitable mentors to provide guidance and support to those who are new to, or aspiring to, board positions. 

To recommend someone as a mentor (with their permission) please e-mail a CV or profile to

If you are appointing or preparing someone for a trustee role and you feel a mentor would be of benefit, please contact us to discuss how we can help match your candidate with a mentor.

Development Programme

We are currently exploring development programmes in order to assess the provision that is currently available and to ensure that we don't duplicate existing provision.  We are seeking secured funds to develop general and/or bespoke modules and development opportunities that will be suitable for supporting aspiring and new board and senior management candidates.

We know that there are many leadership and development programmes operating; by sharing and improving current provision we can work to benefit the wider sports agenda.

If you have a leadership programme in place please contact us to discuss how we could help to open up opportunities to individuals beyond your organisation or incorporate your material into a wider programme.

Advice and Guidance for NGBs

We are available to NGBs to answer queries relating to diversity in governance and senior management in sport.  We are also able to help with research, marketing, engagement, resource development and training. Contact us to find out more.

Trustee Vacancies

Board vacancies can be viewed on the vacancies page of this website and on our main website at  Check regularly for updates. 

If you are an NGB or other sports organisation and would like to advertise a trustee vacancy just send the details of the vacancy and how to apply to

CV Bank

Individuals from black and minority ethnic backgrounds can send their CV to us at You can request feedback on how to improve your chances of being considered for trustee positions in sport.  We will also hold your CV for up to 12 months and forward it on your behalf where there are appropriate vacancies so that NGBs can invite an application if they would like to receive more details from you. For more information see the vacancies page or contact us.

We will be developing various strands for Leaderboard over the coming months. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with developments please send your name, e-mail address and current role to