Grant steps down as Sported CEO

07 Aug 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Sported CEO Chris Grant is to step down from his position in September, the charity has announced.

Grant, who has held the role since early 2014, will move into a board position as a non-executive director and trustee of the sport for change organisation. Current deputy CEO Tom Burstow will replace him as CEO on an interim basis.

Sported also revealed the appointment of Simon Cummins, head of sports practice at executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, to a position on its board.

Sir Keith Mills, founder and chairman of Sported said: “I’ve been working with Chris for over ten years, the last four as Sported’s CEO, and I don’t know anybody who is more passionate or more knowledgeable about the power of sport to change lives. 

“His leadership and drive have taken Sported to a new level. 

“My Trustees and I look forward to continuing to work with Chris when he joins the Sported Board after a well-earned break”.

Grant added: “It’s been a great honour to work alongside the remarkable Sported team.

“They’re the most talented, committed and diverse group, and when you add our 300 remarkable volunteer mentors, and the inspirational leaders of our member groups, I feel privileged to be able to remain a part of this extraordinary community.”

Grant has served as chair of the BT Sport Industry Awards Judging Panel since 2014.

He is also a former chair of the Global Beyond Sport Summit and Awards, who was inspired by London 2012 to join the sport for development movement, following a long career as a business consultant.

Under Grant’s leadership, Sported, which was established as part of the London 2012 legacy, has extended its service to support more than 3,000 community clubs and groups across the UK.

Its work is focussed on using sport as a platform to help young people facing disadvantages and challenge in life.

Most recently, Sported announced a new community sports-focussed programme to develop young leaders in partnership with TSB Bank.