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Culture Secretary appoints Chris Boardman MBE as Chairman of Sport England

  • Chris Boardman MBE appointed for a four-year term
  • Dame Katherine Grainger DBE also reappointed as chair of UK Sport
  • Appointments put two great athletes with extensive experience in sports governance at the heart of the two bodies responsible for the development of grassroots and elite sport

The news will see Boardman serving a four-year term from July 22, 2021 to July 21, 2025. He succeeds Nick Bitel who served as chairman since 2013, and will play a vital role in supporting and developing sport and physics. basic. activity and getting more people active across the country as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. He will also play a key role in helping Sport England implement its ambitious 10-year strategy, Uniting the Movement, released earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Dame Katherine’s reappointment, which comes weeks before the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, will see her serve an additional four-year term with the state body responsible for elite sport from July 1. 2021. She will continue to provide strategic direction to the organization. as it embarks on its new strategic plan to create the greatest decade of extraordinary sporting moments; reach, inspire and unite the nation. As chair, she will also consider and decide on recommendations put forward by the various UK Sport panels.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

As we head into a major sporting summer with the return of fans, the Euros, the Toyko Games and the Rugby League World Cups to name a few, I’m delighted we now have two Olympic heroes in Chris and Dame Katherine leading growth. grassroots sport and professional sport in this country.

I will work closely with them as we put sport and physical activity at the heart of our recovery plan to build back better and fitter after this pandemic.

Chris Boardman MBE said:

I am delighted to take on the role of Chairman of Sport England. Sport and activity are at the heart of my own life and it is clear that they have increased importance for all of us at this time. I look forward to helping the team provide opportunities to be active for more people than ever before.

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, UK Sport Chair, said:

I am absolutely delighted to be reappointed as Chairman of UK Sport. I consider it a huge honor to hold this position, particularly at a hugely exciting time for Olympic and Paralympic sport in the UK with the Tokyo Summer Games about to start and the Beijing winter fast approaching.

Working with CEO Sally Munday and the UK Sport team, as well as our wider community of high performance athletes, coaches and staff, has been a real pleasure. As an athlete, I have experienced the wonderful influence and impact that sport can have, and so I am very motivated to continue to play a role in enabling extraordinary moments that enrich lives.

When I was first named President in 2017, I was very aware of the challenges we faced as a high performance community and these are challenges that I loved taking on. Having launched our new strategic plan earlier this year, I am determined to do all I can to help UK Sport fulfill its ambitious mission.

Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth said:

With his track record as a successful athlete and his incredible work transforming attitudes towards cycling and activity in our communities, Chris is a fantastic appointment as Chairman of Sport England and we really look forward to working with him. As we begin to implement our ambitious 10-year ‘Uniting the Movement’ strategy, I am confident that Chris will play an important leadership role and play a crucial role in our work to transform lives and communities through sport and to physical activity.

Chris builds on the fantastic eight years of his predecessor and I am very grateful to Nick for his guidance, support, experience and wisdom over my three years as CEO and for all he has done to ensure Sport England is in the best possible shape to thrive in the years to come. He was a brilliant president and we were lucky to have him.

Sally Munday, chief executive of UK Sport, said:

Katherine has had a tremendously positive impact on the UK high performance community during her first term as President of Sport UK.

She was instrumental in the development of our new 10-year strategic plan and I am delighted that she will lead the organization as we embark on the implementation of this new strategy. She is an exceptional leader, an inclusive chair and drawing on her experiences as one of Britain’s most successful Olympians, her ability to navigate and lead through significant change and challenges is unquestionable.

I have seen firsthand his passion, energy and determination to continually improve and that is why I am so excited about what UK Sport and the wider Olympic and Paralympic community can achieve over the course of the next decade. Our mission to create the greatest decade of extraordinary sporting moments; Reaching, inspiring and uniting the nation is something that I know is very dear to Katherine and a great driving force for her desire to undertake a second term.

I would also like to thank Katherine for the support she has given me during my 18 months as CEO and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish as an organization during what I am sure will be an extremely exciting time for Olympic and Paralympic sport in this country.

The chairman of Sport England is remunerated at a rate of £40,000 per annum and the UK Sport Chair is remunerated at £60,000 per annum. This appointment and reappointment was made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments.


Notes to Editors:

  • Sport England and UK Sport are non-departmental executive public bodies sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

  • The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation or standing for election. Chris Boardman and Katherine Grainger reported no such political activity.

Biography of Chris Boardman MBE

Chris Boardman has a decorated sporting history in cycling. He won a gold medal in the individual pursuit at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, broke the world hour record three times and wore the yellow jersey three times in the Tour de France.

Following his sporting career, he became head of research and development for the Great Britain cycling team from 2004 to 2012, including at the Beijing Games in 2008 where the Olympic team won eight gold medals. Outside of sport, he is one of the most prominent advocates for cycling and walking in the UK and has been policy adviser to British Cycling since 2012.

Over the past four years, Boardman has worked with the Mayor of Greater Manchester on creating a plan to create the largest cycling and walking network in the country. Delivery of the “Bee Network” covering an area of ​​1,800 miles and weighing 1.5 billion pounds is now well advanced. He is currently fulfilling an expanded role as Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester, where he is helping the Mayor to deliver a fully integrated transport system with active travel as a base, to reduce car dependency and improve health.

Catherine Grainger

Biography of Dame Katherine Grainger DBE

Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian and the first British woman to win medals at five successive Olympic Games. These include a memorable gold medal at London 2012, which followed silver medals in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. After a two-year hiatus from the GB Rowing Squad, Katherine returned to the squad at the end of 2014. The move ended in success when Katherine’s silver medal at Rio 2016 earned her fifth medal record of five Olympic Games.

In 2016, her fellow Olympians voted her the first British Olympian. Upon her retirement from rowing, Katherine received the world’s most prestigious award, the Thomas Keller Medal, for an outstanding career in rowing. She is Honorary President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association.

Katherine was born and educated in Scotland, graduating in law from the University of Edinburgh. She went on to obtain an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics from the University of Glasgow. In May 2013, she completed a PhD in Homicide Sentencing at King’s College, University of London. She is a Fellow of King’s College and Regent of the University of Edinburgh and has received honorary doctorates from nine universities.

From 2015 to 2020 Katherine served as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and in June 2020 she became Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. For her services to rowing, Katherine was awarded an MBE in 2006 and a CBE in 2013. She is an ambassador, patron or board member of various charities and sports bodies and this was recognized when, to close an outstanding 20-year career in sport. , she became Dame Katherine Grainger in the 2017 New Year’s Honors List for her services to sport and charity.