This Year's International Sport Leaders Announced

Published 26 April 2019

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14 ambitious, talented individuals from across the UK’s sport system have been selected for UK Sport’s flagship International Leadership Programme (ILP). Jining an alumni network of 100+ leaders, this latest group will develop their knowledge, expertise, skills and relationships to operate effectively in - and make a tangible and positive impact on- the development and governance of international sport.

Comprising of senior administrators, current and retired athletes, and leaders within NGBs, the group will take part in a year-long programme of tailored modules covering major themes including the international sporting landscape, building powerful relationships, negotiating and influencing techniques, cross-cultural working, sport governance and communicating effectively with international audiences.

The next generation of international sport leadersare:

Sarah Stevenson Jennings   GB Taekwondo/British Taekwondo

Andy Salmon                     British Triathlon

Helen Rowbotham               British Paralympic Association

Georgina Usher                  British Fencing

Saskia Clarke                     British Sailing

Kristian Thomas                  British Gymnastics

Ali Jawad                            British Weightlifting

Elena Allen-                       British Shooting

Simon Mantell                     England Hockey

Rimla Akhtar                      Football Association

Karen Moorhouse                Rugby Football League

Tony Josiah                        UKAD

Hannah England                 British Athletics

Nick Hounsfield                   British Surfing

Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, commented: Now in its tenth 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. It’s fantastic to see such a diverse group with many current and retired athletes taking part in the programme and becoming inspiring leaders within their sport.

The ILP 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. For further details click here

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Funding Partners
  • DCMS
  • TNL partners
Official Partners
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  • BUPA
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Strategic Partners
  • British Olympic Association
  • Paralympics GB
  • Sport England
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • Sport Wales
  • Sport Scotland