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.

Dame Katherine Grainger is the current Chair.

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 next board meeting dates for 2017 are:

28 June

27 September

6 December

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

Royal Charter


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

Diversity Action Plan

Governance Action Plan

UK Sport Board members:

  • Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete

  • Mel Young MBE is the President and co-founder of the Homeless World Cup, an organisation established to use sport as a mechanism to create change. He is a globally-recognised social entrepreneur, who co-founded The Big Issue in Scotland in 1993, the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) in 1995 and Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot) in 1999. He is a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum, was named a Senior Fellow by Ashoka in 2014 and is the recipient of the 2016 Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award. Mel is Chair of sportscotland, the National Agency for Sport.

  • Lis Astall


    Lis was born in the Channel Islands and educated at Jersey Ladies College before going to the London School of Economics (LSE) where she gained a BA Hons in French, Economics and Politics. She also studied at Nice and Grenoble Universities. Lis was with global professional services company Accenture for 27 years in a series of roles – most recently in 2006-2009 as Managing Director for Public Service in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. For three years prior to this Lis was UK Managing Director across all the private and public sector work in Accenture. Whilst at the company Lis also served on the UK National Employment Panel working with Lord Leitch, on the Technology Board of the e-skills Council, the CBI President’s Committee and the Board of LSE. Since retiring she has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director roles at Standard Bank - Offshore Group, the Ministry of Defence - Joint Forces Command, Digital Jersey and UK Sport. She is a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation and Chair of a Brain Tumour Trust – the PPR Foundation. Lis has a strong sporting interest and served as President of the British Show Jumping Association for four years leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. She now leads the member council for British Equestrian Federation. Her hobbies include riding, skiing, shooting and sailing as well as attending the theatre and art galleries. Lis became a Board member at UK Sport in 2013.

  • Neil Chugani


    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


    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


    Professor Sarah Springman was Vice President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) from 1992-1996 and 2008-2016 and President and Chair of British Triathlon from 2007 -2012. 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, winning 21 elite ETU European Championship medals in triathlon (all distances) and duathlon. She was a member of the GB Sports Council (1993-1996) and an inaugural member of UK Sport (1996-2001) and the newly formed Lottery Panel. She was appointed an OBE for services to sport in 1997 and a CBE for services to triathlon in 2012. 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.

  • 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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