Directors' declaration of interests
Sally has spent her entire career working in sport and was appointed as the new CEO of UK Sport in May 2019, having held the same position at England and GB Hockey for the previous 10 years. During her time in hockey, Sally oversaw a golden era for the sport, with highlights including the Team GB women securing their first ever Olympic title at the Rio 2016 Games, the men’s team finishing in fourth place at London 2012, their best Olympic Games finish in a quarter of a century, the successful hosting of the Women’s Hockey World Cup in London in 2018 and a huge increase in participation in the sport since London 2012. Domestically while at hockey, Sally was also an active member of the NGB CEO Forum and internationally represented her worldwide peers (CEOs in hockey) on the FIH Pro League Management panel. She has also held various other Board positions including as a Trustee for the charity the Youth Sport Trust, NED of the English Institute of Sport and a member of the Governments Sports Business Council.
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.
Director of Performance
Chelsea has spent over 20 years working in High Performance Sport. The early days of her career were focused with the Australian Institute of Sport, and the Queensland Academy of sport pioneering Australia’s inaugural National Talent Identification and Development programmes. Chelsea has spent the last fifteen years in the United Kingdom in key leadership roles supporting the transformation of the Great Britain High Performance system from delivering 1 gold medal in Atlanta to an unprecedented 67 Olympic and 147 Paralympic medals in Rio 2016. She also oversaw GB’s record medal haul at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Korea. Chelsea joined UK Sport in 2005 and was responsible for developing Great Britain's national blueprint for driving more systematic talent identification and development efforts in partnership with 50+ elite sport programmes. This led to the discovery of many Olympic and Paralympic medalists including Helen Glover (two time Rowing Olympic champion and triple World Champion) and Lizzy Yarnold (two-time Olympic Gold medalist and the most successful Olympic skeleton athlete of all time). Chelsea was promoted to Deputy Director of Performance in 2013 playing a pivotal leadership role in Great Britain’s historic results in Rio 2016 where GB became the first nation in the modern Olympics and Paralympics to improve their performance post hosting a home games (London 2012). Chelsea is currently the Director of Performance in UK Sport and is responsible for the strategic development of the GB High Performance system. She oversees several performance portfolios such as performance investment and specialist performance functions to support sports drive sustained medal winning success and ultimately, inspire the nation. Chelsea co-authored a book about her privileged experiences of working in the Great Britain High Performance system in 2016 titled ‘The Talent Lab: How to Turn Potential into World-Beating Success’.
Director of Communications and Partnerships
Naomi Hicks was appointed as the new Director of Communications and Partnerships at UK Sport in September 2019. Naomi joined from international conservation organisation WWF where she had held various senior positions, most recently Director of Partnerships. Naomi is responsible for the delivery of UK Sport’s communications, public affairs, stakeholder engagement and research functions as well as leading on the organisation’s key partnerships.
Sophie du Sautoy
Director of 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.