UK Sport is committed to inspiring organisations to be world leading in terms of governance, not just to prove they are fit to receive public funds but so their governance and leadership can positively impact and support athlete success. The leadership and governance of organisations can often have knock on effects to the performance of our sports against their medal targets.
UK Sport works with funded organisations to support the development of governance and leadership, and ensure that organisations are run professionally and efficiently, with a commitment to achieving the highest standard of corporate governance and financial management all levels. Funded bodies must be able to evidence that equality, safeguarding and ethical standards are visibly integrated into their structures and operations. A key driver for our governance work is the impact that improved governance and leadership will have on the well-being and performance of athletes; improving the ethics of sport for the benefit of everyone.
Leadership and governance programmes are already in progress. In 2014 UK Sport in partnership with the Home Country Sports Councils launched Leading Edge, a leadership programme for NGB CEOs. This 18 month programme is currently being undertaken by 14 CEOs as part of the first cohort of participants. UK Sport and the Home Country Sports Councils are committed to future cohorts of CEOs onto this programme.