The sport industry has been reacting to the news of England Hockey Chief Executive Sally Munday’s appointment as the new UK Sport CEO to replace the outgoing Liz Nicholl.
Munday has been at the helm of England Hockey for the past 10 years, overseeing a golden era in the sport, which has included a first-ever Olympic title for the Team GB women at Rio 2016 and the successful hosting of the Vitality Women’s World Cup in London last year. England Hockey also won Governing Body of the Year in association with AXA XL at the BT Sport Industry Awards 2017.
Overall, Munday brings almost 30 years’ experience working in the sport sector.
Brilliant news for sport in the UK - a true leader with passion, integrity and vision. Congratulations from all @YouthSportTrust Sally Munday appointed new UK Sport chief executive' | via @telegraph https://t.co/cVXvHzjLyr— Ali Oliver (@AliOliverYST) May 7, 2019
Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, was among the first to welcome the appointment, saying: “Sally Munday is a wonderful successor to Liz Nicholl as CEO of UK Sport, as we embark on our ambitious new strategy for high performance sport in the UK.
“Sally has led a sport that’s not only excelled on and off the field of play at elite and grassroots level, but also delivered an impact both domestically and internationally. Her expertise and strong leadership will be invaluable as well as her passion and vision.
“The Board and our UK Sport team are all looking forward to working with Sally to ensure we continue to inspire the nation through Olympic and Paralympic success.”
A fantastic new appointment. Sally will bring her significant experience, passion, energy, invaluable leadership skills and deep knowledge. This is truly great news for @uk_sport https://t.co/JOt48OxlTf— MimsDaviesMP (@mimsdavies) May 7, 2019
Munday’s soon-to-be Sport England counterpart Tim Hollingsworth commented: "Sally is a fantastic choice to follow in the footsteps of Liz Nicholl. She has led England Hockey in what were defining moments at both the London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Games, has exceptional knowledge of the sporting landscape and a firm belief in the power of sport to change lives.
“We look forward to working with Sally to ensure that the sport and activity offered in our country at both grassroots and high-performance level is world class and making a positive impact on society.”
This is a really good appointment. Congratulations Sally!— Tracey Crouch (@tracey_crouch) May 7, 2019
Munday added: “The past decade has been such a successful period for Olympic and Paralympic sport in this country and I am absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to lead UK Sport and follow in the footsteps of Liz Nicholl.
“I know from personal experience that the UK Sport team have played such a key role in supporting the National Governing Bodies and their athletes in what has been an unprecedented period of success both in terms of medals and bringing major sporting events to this country.
“I am extremely excited to join UK Sport at this particular time, not only in the lead in to Tokyo 2020 but also the opportunity to implement the new UK Sport strategy leading to Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024. I love the ambition of the new strategy; both in continuing to support our athletes to light up the stage to make our nation proud, but also realising the social and community impact that is possible through our Olympic and Paralympic role models and the work that they and our National Governing Bodies can do.”
Munday will take up her new role in the autumn, with UK Sport set to implement interim arrangements to cover the summer period after Nicholl steps down in July.
The departing CEO, who was awarded the Coutts Lifetime Achievement Award at the BT Sport Industry Awards 2019, last week announced her intention to stand for the Presidency of the International Netball Federation.
On Munday’s appointment, she said: “I am really delighted. [Sally] is highly respected in the industry, has experience across all areas of our business and will be able to build on the success of UK Sport and the high-performance system to date and drive the delivery of the new strategy. I look forward to working with her over the coming months to enable a smooth transition.”