UK Sport Structure

Directors' declaration of interests

  • Liz Nicholl

    Chief Executive

    Having joined UK Sport in 1999, Liz has played a pioneering role in the development of the elite sport system in the UK. For ten years Liz led the work of UK Sport’s Performance Directorate, through the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic and Paralympic cycles, as the Director of Elite Sport. Liz became the Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and was then appointed to the CEO role in September 2010. Liz is also a former international netball player, and Chief Executive of England Netball for 16 years, including a period as Championship Director of a World Netball Championship.

  • Simon Morton

    Chief Operating Officer

    Simon Morton joined UK Sport in 2005, and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2015 to support the Chief Executive and lead UK Sport’s Major Events, Governance and International Relations responsibilities. UK Sport is the government agency responsible for co-ordinating and supporting the hosting of major international sporting events across the UK, and works with its partners to provide strategic, financial and technical support so that events are delivered to a world-leading standard. Simon has sat on the Organising Committees of many World and European Championships, and is currently a Board Member of London 2017 Ltd. Through its Governance Team, UK Sport drives and supports world-leading standards of professional, organisational and ethical conduct in the National Governing Bodies of Sport. Simon co-chairs the project board that is responsible for developing and implementing a new Governance Code for Sport in the UK. Simon also leads UK Sport’s International Relations Team, which ensures that the UK has a strong, respected and supportive voice in international sport, and supports National Governing Bodies to develop their International Relations strategies. Prior to joining UK Sport, Simon worked for the International Badminton Federation (IBF) for six years, fulfilling a number of roles including Head of Marketing, where he was responsible for overseeing the sport’s event bidding processes, and its global television and sponsorship operations and rights distribution.

  • Chelsea Warr

    Director of Performance

    Chelsea joined UK Sport in 2005 as a Performance Programme Consultant and was later promoted to Head of Performance Pathways, then Deputy Director of Performance in 2013. She became Director of Performance following the Rio Games in 2016. Chelsea started her career at the Australian Institute of Sport as a Performance Scientist. Chelsea oversees UK Sports Performance Enhancements portfolios such as Performance Pathways, Performance Advisor Team, Coaching, Elite Training Centres, Project Para.

  • Vanessa Wilson

    Director of Commercial and Communications

    The Commercial Team at UK Sport is responsible for working with partners across the sporting landscape to leverage commercial and Value in Kind sponsorship from the private sector to invest for the benefit of high performance sport in the UK. The Communications, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Teams are responsible for managing UK Sport's profile and relationship with the public, parliament, partners and stakeholders through the effective deployment and integration of a range of communication and engagement channels and activities including the media, social media, digital, design and brand management, staff and stakeholder engagement.

  • Sophie du Sautoy

    Director of Finance, Investment and Business Services

    Sophie is the strategic financial lead for UK Sport, responsible for the financial review and control of funding. Working closely with the Performance directorate, the Investment function of her team direct the funding, and carry out the financial monitoring, of the grants to the World Class Programme and some 1400 elite athletes. She also leads the teams in charge of key areas of the business including Information Technology, Facilities, Legal, Risk and Operational Planning. Sophie is a qualified chartered accountant (FCA). Prior to joining UK Sport in 2011 she spent ten years working with a wide variety of bodies in public sector audit.

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Funding Partners
  • Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Official Partners
  • BAE Systems
  • BUPA
  • Sportscover
Official Suppliers
Strategic Partners
  • British Olympic Association
  • Paralympics GB
  • Sport England
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • Sport Wales
  • Sport Scotland