Join our board

HF Holidays Board of Directors

As a co-operative society, HF Holidays is governed by a Board of 12 volunteer Directors, elected from the Society's members. Our Board set the strategic direction of HF Holidays, and are made up of members who have a passion for walking and activity holidays in both the UK and abroad. Collectively, our Board aim to reflect the interests and background of the wider membership. Individually, Directors offer professional or commercial expertise.

Join the Board of Directors

The process for nominating and standing for election to the Board of Directors commences after an AGM and closes on 31 December in the year preceding the next AGM, when election results are announced. To be eligible to stand for election, you must be a member of HF Holidays, aged 18 or over and be nominated by two fellow members. If you know a member who you think would make an ideal candidate, you could encourage them to stand.

Do you have the skills and experience to join our Board?

Each year, there are three vacancies created as Directors retire from a four-year term. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the Society. Appointments are on a voluntary, non-executive and unpaid basis. Being a Director of the Society is quite onerous but it is rewarding and worthwhile. The Board is keen to encourage members of all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds, to consider standing for election.

What we're looking for

We must have a balanced Board that represents the views of all our members and volunteer leaders, however, particularly in these Covid times, we need people with the strategic and business skills to move our Society forward. Following this year’s Board Skills and Experience audit, the Board’s priorities for filling places on the Board are for people with the following:

1. direct experience of working at Board level in a business of significant size; and/or

2. senior-level management experience of at least one of the following:

  • hospitality management
  • legal knowledge and experience
  • strategic high-level financial management experience, ideally with an accountancy qualification
  • marketing & sales
  • procurement
  • property development & management
  • travel & tour operation experience; and

3. willingness, in the interests of continuity and Board effectiveness, to serve for up to two further terms; and

4. experience of and appetite to chair committees and/or Board. At this stage we especially seek candidates with experience of chairing a board of a substantive organisation, to help us prepare for Board Chair succession planning.

How to apply

Before completing your application we will ask you to complete a skills and experience questionnaire and provide opportunities for you to speak with the CEO and/or an existing director and attend a candidates' forum, to help you with your decision.

Although the closing date for completed applications is 31st December 2021, it is crucial that potential candidates make initial enquiries by the end of November 2021. This is to allow time to complete all the paperwork, attend a candidates’ forum and discuss the role of non-executive Director with the CEO and/or an existing director. Please email the Society Secretary, Sarah Kucera, on sarahkucera@hfholidays.co.uk to discuss.

You can download a Director Candidate Application Pack, Director Candidate Application Form and Skills and Experience Questionnaire here: