AELTC names first female CEO

20 Dec 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The AELTC has announced Sally Bolton as its new CEO, replacing Richard Lewis, who will step down next year.

Bolton, who has served as both Head of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Planning and Operations Director at the AELTC, will become the organisation's first female CEO after The Championships in 2020, and will bring experience of staging major events at the likes of Wembley, Old Trafford, the Millennium Stadium and Murrayfield.

She also led the delivery of the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 and spent two years as Managing Director of the Organising Committee for the London 2017 World Athletics Championships before joining the AELTC. Bolton has also been a Board Member of UK Sport since March 2018 and a member of the Major Events panel since 2013.

Discussing her appointment, Sally Bolton OBE said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as the next Chief Executive of the AELTC. In my four years working here to date I have learned what a special place the All England Club is and to be asked to lead such a fantastic organisation through the next period of its history is a tremendous honour and privilege. We have some fascinating challenges and opportunities ahead of us, and I look forward to working with Richard to achieve a successful transition before he steps down, and with Ian, the Committee and the rest of the executive team to ensure that Wimbledon continues to be regarded as highly as it is today.”

Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman, added: "Sally has a well-established pedigree in international event experience across a variety of sports with her background in rugby league, athletics and here at Wimbledon over four Championships. Her ability to combine a depth of operational knowledge with quality strategic thinking will make a significant contribution to the future strategy and direction of the AELTC and she will be an excellent leader of our able executive team. Our Committee felt that she is perfectly placed to assist us in embracing and delivering on our future challenges and opportunities."

Earlier this week, the AELTC joined forces with the ICC to launch a new ‘One Day in July’ content collaboration, celebrating the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final and Wimbledon men’s final - both of which took place on 14th July just eight miles apart.