UK Sport have named the 15 individuals who will take part in the 2017-19 edition of the International Leadership Programme (ILP). The programme, first established in 2006, is UK Sport’s flagship international leadership development initiative for high calibre British sports administrators and retired athletes who are seeking to engage effectively and make an impact in international sport. It forms part of UK Sport’s strategy of ensuring the UK has a strong, respected and supportive voice in international sport, by developing the knowledge, expertise and skills of representatives from National Governing Bodies (NGBs) in the UK and other national partners to operate and succeed in international sports organisations.
The participants who secured a place on the programme are as follows:
Alec Lochore, British Equestrian
Anna Scott-Marshall, British Paralympic Association
Beth Tweddle, British Gymnastics
Bob Kelly, Royal Caledonian Curling Club
Clare Cunningham, British Triathlon
Craig Nicholson, British Swimming
Jason Brautigam, British Equestrian
Keir Worth, England Squash
Liam Tancock, British Swimming
Neil Armitage, Archery GB
Rachel Pavlou, The FA
Sarah Lamplough, British Olympic Association
Scott Dougal, British Cycling
Sophie Hosking, British Rowing
Tim Brabants, British Canoeing
UK Sport’s Head of International Relations, Robert Morini, said: “Now in its ninth year, I am delighted to announce such a high calibre and experienced set of individuals on this year’s programme and we look forward to working with them over the coming months. The ILP is a demonstration of UK Sport’s commitment to help develop the international sports leaders of the future, providing them with the knowledge, skills and competencies to be effective administrators in the governance and development of international sport.”
The 2017-19 programme will offer a new format to previous cohorts. In addition to the formal 5 residential module structure covering the international sporting landscape, cross-cultural management, building powerful relationships, campaign management and negotiating and influencing skills, the new format will provide support for a further year through mentoring and an opportunity to experience international sport first-hand (for example, through attendance at an international federation congress or a visit to one of UK Sport’s International Partnerships Programmes).
Once completing the course, this cohort will join the growing number of ILP alumni, which currently stands at 99. The alumni include a range of senior British sport administrators who are active in international sport relations, including 19 CEOs, 10 athletes and retired athletes, and over 40 individuals with an international federation position.