Liz Nicholl OBE - Chief Executive
Liz Nicholl OBE
Liz Nicholl OBE is the Chief Executive of UK Sport. 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. As CEO, Liz’s leadership responsibilities focus on accountability for the National Lottery and Exchequer investment of around c£125m per annum which supports UK Sport’s three key objectives: World Class Success, Major Event bidding and hosting, and International Relations and Development .
As 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, Liz has experience in all three areas and a track record of steering an organisation through successful change.
Her top priority is the responsibility to invest in and support the development of the high performance system and to support Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes to achieve success at World, Olympic and Paralympic level. In this context, London 2012 was a uniquely significant and successful event for UK Sport and the nation, with Great Britain winning 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals.
The ambition is to build on these exceptional results, create a stronger and more sustainable performance system and be the first nation to win more medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games immediately after hosting a home Games.