BBC Wales’ Head of Change & Internal Communications and former international athlete and rugby player, Nigel Walker is to join the English Institute of Sport (EIS) as National Director.
Walker, who will leave the BBC later this year, first achieved world class recognition as an athlete when he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler. Retiring from athletics in 1992 to pursue a second sports career in international rugby, Walker accrued 17 full international caps during his career.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started at the EIS. It’s a unique role that enables me to bring together all my skills, experience and interests” says Walker.
“Having been a UK Sport Board member I have seen not only the challenges faced by the Institute but also the opportunities available to it. The EIS has a significant role in the high performance system and I can’t wait to get started and to play my part in ensuring the organisation delivers against its promise to the sports it supports for years to come” he adds.
As well as sitting on the UK Sport Board, Walker has been Chair of its Major Events Panel and a member of its Audit Committee.
EIS Chairman Steve Cram said of the announcement: “Nigel’s experience as an international athlete along with his understanding of the high performance system and commercial acumen was obviously important for the EIS, but the leadership qualities he brings will be central to his work at the EIS. We are delighted to have attracted someone of Nigel’s calibre to this role and his skills and experience will be vital in taking the EIS forward to 2012 and beyond.”
The announcement has also been welcomed by UK Sport Chief Executive John Steele.
John Steele said: "I am delighted that Nigel is joining the EIS team. The Institute plays an essential role in supporting Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and helping us achieve our performance aspirations. Nigel has a breadth of experience and I have no doubt he will have a significant impact on driving the EIS towards its vision as a world-leading provider of athlete support services.”