Liz Nicholl CBE, CEO, UK Sport

Published 5 July 2019

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On her last day as UK Sport CEO, Liz Nicholl bids a fond farewell and heartfelt thanks to her friends and colleagues across all the organisations that make up the UK high performance system


Over the 20 years I have spent at UK Sport it has been a huge privilege to work alongside so many committed and talented colleagues, both within the organisation and right across the Olympic and Paralympic family.

In a business where we have been striving to be the best in a highly competitive world, at the same time as raising the bar in terms of staging major events, improving culture, governance and leadership and delivering impact both domestically and around the world, there are new opportunities and challenges at every level, every day.

What has given me great comfort and confidence throughout those years is the fact that together we have built a system that is committed to working together, sharing insights, problem solving and turning challenges into opportunities to be even stronger.

I feel proud of the part I have played and so should you all. We have been on a very special journey with the athletes we have supported to be the very best they can be, fuelled by the National Lottery and extraordinary Government support over successive Games. The nation has celebrated all those inspirational moments of success with us and benefited from the winning reputation that we have all built.

If I were to leave you with some final words of advice they would be; never lose sight of the goal, commit to excellence in what you do, and how you do it, and you will achieve beyond what you think might be possible. In doing so, your track record of delivering value to the nation will continue and the case to Government for continued investment in high performance sport will be strong. Continue to cherish The National Lottery, particularly in this, its 25th birthday, year.

I am looking forward to admiring your future achievements from the sofa or the terraces! I wish you all continued success and thank you for your support and engagement with me and my team over the years.

With my very best wishes for Tokyo and beyond,

Liz Nicholl  

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