BaseballSoftballUK is searching for a new chair and independent Board members ©BaseballSoftballUK

BaseballSoftballUK, a development agency for baseball and softball in the United Kingdom, is searching for independent directors to join its Board, including in the position of chair.

The voluntary Board is responsible for forming the strategic direction of the organisation.

BaseballSoftballUK has encouraged women and those from minority ethnic backgrounds to apply for the roles, saying it values diversity.

Desired skills include audit and accounting expertise, legal experience, volunteer-management experience and prior knowledge of club development, safeguarding and equality and inclusion practices.

Ideal Board members have a high level of objectivity, understand financial management, think strategically and can work in partnership, BaseballSoftballUK added.

The Board is up to 12 people in size, with two directors recruited from the membership of the organisation.

Britain's women's softball team is one of the best in Europe ©Getty Images
Britain's women's softball team is one of the best in Europe ©Getty Images

Others on the Board are either independent non-executive directors or ex-officio directors.

The Board meets formally four to six times each year and has several sub-committees that meet quarterly, including the Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee and Development, Marketing and Commercial Committee.

Board directors must join at least one of these sub-committees and can serve up to three two-year terms.

BaseballSoftballUK receives funding from Sport England, although the British Baseball Federation and British Softball Federation are the nation governing bodies for the two disciplines.

Britain's men's baseball team is 31st in the world rankings, while its men's softball team is ranked 18th.

Britain's women's softball team is ranked 13th in the world.

The country will not be represented at either the baseball of softball tournaments at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.