Board

UK Sport's Board meets every two months to provide strategic direction to the organisation, as well as considering and making decisions on those recommendations put forward by UK Sport's various panels.

Rod Carr CBE, has been chair of UK Sport since April 2013.

UK Sport Board members are appointed for a fixed term of three years and may be reappointed thereafter as determined by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The four Chairmen of the Home Country Sports Councils automatically sit on UK Sport's Board.

UK Sport Panels, each chaired by a Board member, include other individuals of relevant expertise and experience who advise and make recommendations as appropriate.

The minutes of UK Sport's Board meetings are available in our Resources section > 

Royal Charter

Amendment 

This framework document has been drawn up by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport ("DCMS") in consultation with UK Sport. This document sets out the broad framework within which UK Sport will operate.

UK Sport Management Agreement

UK Sport Board Terms of Reference

UK Sport Board Declarations of Interest

Example Appointment Agreement: Board Member

UK Sport Board members:

  • Rod Carr CBE

    Chair

    Rod was Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association from 2000 to 2010, having previously been Racing Manager and Performance Director, Team Manager for the Atlanta Olympic Games, and Team Coach in Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona.

  • Brian Delaney has been a Board member of Sport Northern Ireland for four years and has now been appointed as Interim Chair.

  • Lis Astall

    Member

    Lis worked for Accenture for 27 years with a series of roles – most recently 2006-2009 as the Managing Director for Public Service in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Lis has worked in consulting and outsourcing businesses; in manufacturing, financial services and government. Currently she is a Non-Executive Director at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation and Chairman of a Brain Tumour Trust – the PPR Foundation. Lis was a sponsor for 10 years for the British Showjumping Young Rider Squad – two of them making the gold medal team for London Olympics. She also show jumps at grassroots level competing at the National Final for the last few years.

  • L Martin

    Louise Martin

    Member

    Louise Martin is President of Commonwealth Games Federation and was re-appointed as Chair of sportscotland in June 2012 following her initial appointment in June 2008. In November 2007 Louise led Scotland’s successful bid to bring the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow. Louise was awarded the most prestigious Loving Cup for Services to Glasgow by the city’s Lord Provost. In May 2008, Louise was appointed Chair of sportscotland after previously serving on the Boards of both sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport.

  • Neil Chugani

    Member

    Neil Chugani was appointed to the Board of UK Sport in 2014 and is a member the Audit Committee, which he has previously chaired, and the Major Events Panel. He has been involved in rowing for over 25 years. He represented Great Britain as both an Under-23 and senior international, winning a World Championship gold medal in 2001. He has also won the Boat Race with Oxford University. He is a serving British Rowing Umpire, a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta, and has previously served as CEO of British Rowing. He has spent over 20 years in the media and technology industries in senior executive and advisory leadership roles and is currently Director, Finance at Google Inc. across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His previous roles have included Group CFO at BBC Worldwide, and several senior executive positions at BSkyB Group plc. He was also a banker at Goldman Sachs and advised a number of the firm’s media, technology and private equity clients. He was selected as a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum in 2009. Neil started his career at Price Waterhouse, after graduating with an MA from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • Nick Bitel

    Member

    Nick Bitel was appointed Chair of Sport England in April 2013 following three years as a Board Member. He has been the Chief Executive of the London Marathon, the world's most successful city centre marathon, since 1995. The event has grown substantially in that time and now sees over 35,000 finishers each year who between them raise a world record £52 million per annum.

  • Sarah Springman

    Member

    Professor Sarah Springman is the First Vice President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU). From 2007 -2012, Sarah was President and Chair of British Triathlon, during which time the ITU World Triathlon Series was brought to London and medals were won by British triathletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games and at world level by the paratriathletes. Sarah played a pivotal role as British Triathlon President and ITU Vice-President in successfully lobbying for acceptance of triathlon onto the sport programmes of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and the recent inclusion of paratriathlon into the Paralympic Programme. As an elite athlete, Sarah represented Great Britain in Triathlon from 1983 to 1993. During this time Sarah competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games demonstration triathlon in Auckland, New Zealand and amassed 21 elite ETU European Championship medals in triathlon (all distances) and duathlon. In 2013, Sarah was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year awards. Sarah is the current Rector of ETH Zurich, one of the world’s top rated universities; only the second woman ever to hold this prestigious role of office.

  • From being Area Manager for Sport in Merthyr to establishing a community gym in Ebbw Vale, which is now being run by the community, Paul has consistently championed the power sport has to change lives and bring about a range of benefits for all.

  • Nicky Roche

    Nicky Roche CBE is a Non-Executive Director of British Showjumping and was Chief Executive of TdFHub2014ltd, the company established by Government and UK Sport to co-ordinate the Grand Depart and first three days of the 2014 Tour de France. She is a Trustee of the Care Leavers Foundation, which helps care leavers make the transition to independent living. In 2007, Nicky took the role of Director of Operations, Government Olympic Executive, supporting Ministers on the operational side of the Games. Prior to this Nicky held the post of Director of Sport and Main Board Member for the DCMS where she drove the implementation of Government strategy on public participation in sport. In this role, Nicky helped secure over £500m public funding for Olympic and Paralympic sports in addition to leading for DCMS on the early Olympic construction programme and setting up the Olympic Lottery Distributor with a revenue raising target of £750m. Nicky was awarded a CBE for services to the staging of the London 2012 Games.

  • John Dowson

    John Dowson joined the UK Sport board on 16 March 2015. John is a chartered management accountant. He became involved in Paralympic sport by joining the board of GB Boccia Federation (GBBF) in 2013 to establish their finance committee. He took over the chair of GBBF in June 2014. Having worked in the manufacturing and retail sectors, he joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1985 and became a partner in 1991. He worked all over the world in telecoms and postal sector restructuring and held UK, European and global management roles. He co-led the development of the PwC Consulting global strategy in the lead up to the sale of that business to IBM in 2002. While at IBM he led the global development of new business in intelligent transport systems. He returned to PwC in 2007 where he became UK industry leader for all of the private sector excluding financial services. He retired from the firm in 2012.

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