Simon Timson - Director of Performance
Simon joined UK Sport as Director of Performance in January 2013. He is responsible for leading the Performance Directorate, whose mission is to enable a stronger more sustainable system for British Olympic and Paralympic high performance sport with the goal of winning more Olympic and Paralympic medals in Rio 2016 than London 2012.
The Performance Directorate look to ensure sports are best prepared to deliver medal success at future summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. This includes the active delivery of Mission 2014 and 2016 through leading the Performance Advisor team, and the teams delivering vital support programmes in Talent Identification and Development, Research and Innovation and Coaching.
Simon joined UK Sport from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), where he was Head of the England Development Programme and, Science and Medicine (2006-2012) throughout a period of unprecedented success when the men’s and women’s Test, ODI and T20 Teams all reached the top of the world rankings, and won global events. During this time Simon provided strategic and innovative direction to deliver exceptional performance. He led teams that transformed science and medicine services to England and First Class players, and delivered a major change project for the identification and development of talented young cricketers.
Prior to joining the ECB, as Performance Director at British Skeleton (2000-2006), Simon kick-started a glittering period for the sport in which they have won medals at every Olympic Games since Salt Lake City in 2002. His strategic legacy led to Amy Williams’ gold medal at Vancouver 2010.
Simon has a PhD in Psychology from The University of Leeds and is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist.