Who are we

The British Footwear Association or BFA to use our shorthand name, has been in existence for 125 years and is a non-profit trade Association which represents some 200 members in the British footwear sector including design, retailing, manufacturing, sourcing, distribution and services. This £16 Billion Industry is a vital part of the UK economy and employs several hundred thousand staff. The BFA exists to represent footwear businesses big and small, it offers advice, education representation as well as events and opportunities to network with partners and members for the benefit of their companies. We create an environment for knowledge sharing, keeping up to date with emerging themes around trade, sustainability, routes to market, legislation etc. to help companies achieve their aims and goals.

We are looking for a Non-Executive Director

This is an opportunity for a values-driven and inspiring Non-Executive Director to join the BFA Board with a strong background in finance to provide oversight, governance, leadership, and scrutiny as part of a cohesive and dynamic Board. This role will take the lead in supporting the CEO, on financial oversight and compliance of the association and chair the Finance Committee. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and sectors coupled with the time and commitment to make a full and effective contribution to the board. Previous experience of working within a Trade Association or Non-Profit organisation would be preferable but not essential.

What’s on Offer

Being a non-executive director with the BFA is an intellectually stimulating meaningful role with the opportunity to influence strategic direction within a renowned Trade Association. An opportunity for you to make a difference and share your expertise, tackle real – world challenges and broaden your knowledge base and build a network of connections. Attending 4 Board and Committee meetings per year, as well as 8 informal catchups and any ad hoc meetings via online Teams meetings. Flexible location.

We believe in fair treatment of all our employees and commit to promoting diversity in our employment practices. We do not discriminate in employment based on race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, marital status, medical history, parental status or genetic information. We base all our employment decisions on merit, job requirements and business needs.