An inspirational leader is being sought by UK Sport to help shape the further development of the UK high performance system to support future Olympic and Paralympic success.
UK Sport, the Nation’s High Performance Agency, has begun its search to recruit a new Director of Performance following the recent change in the role of Peter Keen, who now has a part-time adviser position in the organisation.
UK Sport has taken the strategic decision to begin the recruitment process in advance of the Games and to extend the search until 12 September 2012 to ensure it is in the best possible position to appoint an outstanding candidate from the world of high performance sport.
Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: “By making people aware of this exciting and challenging opportunity now we aim to maximise the chances of finding the ideal candidate for this crucial role and my priority is to appoint the very best person to build on the 2012 legacy.
“Peter has done a tremendous job for us over recent years and yet there is still the opportunity for a new Director of Performance to lead an excellent team in our mission to sustain performances beyond a home Games in a way that no other summer Olympic host nation has ever done before.
“The role is focused on driving a performance system that will continue to deliver summer and winter, Olympic and Paralympic success through Sochi, Rio and beyond.”
The Director of Performance will have the opportunity to build on the success of UK Sport’s “No Compromise” approach to targeted investment in sports which saw Great Britain finish fourth in the Olympic medal table in Beijing with a total of 47 medals including 19 golds and second in the Paralympic medal table.
With a target of a minimum of 48 medals in at least 12 Olympic sports for London 2012, UK Sport has built a performance system, through targeted investment of Government and National Lottery funds, which is respected around the world.
Responsibilities of the new Director of Performance will include:
- Driving the development of the UK high performance system
- Shaping UK Sport’s performance investment strategy
- Working with Performance Directors from Olympic and Paralympic Sports in a mentoring, supporting and challenging role
- Overseeing the team which delivers world class technical and strategic support services and performance solutions
The role will also involve leading and developing a high performing team and building and maintaining strong relationships with key partners and stakeholders including; Home Country Sports Councils, the network of Institutes of Sport, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association.
More details on the role and a full job description can be found on the UK Sport jobs pages.
For further information please contact the UK Sport Senior Communications Manager Paul Cox 0207 211 5106 firstname.lastname@example.org or Communications Officer Paddy Bedi on 0207 211 5120 email@example.com.