IPC boosts top team

10 Jul 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has promoted senior employees Mike Peters and Craig Spence to new roles as part of a management team restructure.

Peters becomes chief operating officer, while Spence will take on the role of chief marketing and communications officer at the global governing body of para-sport. Both will report directly to IPC chief executive officer Xavier Gonzalez.

Peters, a two-time US Paralympian in football, joined the IPC in 2015 as chief of staff and acting director of the membership engagement department, following a career in law.

His new role will cover areas including anti-doping, corporate development and technology, corporate services, diversity and inclusion, information management, legal affairs and governance, and membership engagement.

Englishman Spence joined the IPC from the Rugby Football League in 2010, becoming IPC Director of Media and Communications in April 2012.

The award-winning communicator, who has been credited for his work in driving global awareness and media coverage of the Paralympic movement, will continue to oversee branding, communications, corporate communications, digital media, media operations, public engagement and public relations.

The IPC's senior team is to be further boosted by two new hires, including the organisation’s first general counsel, Liz Riley, who joins from London law firm Bird & Bird, where she has advised many national and international governing bodies.

In addition, the new role of anti-doping director will be filled by experienced Canadian anti-doping administrator James Sclater, who has worked on many previous Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commenting on the moves, Gonzalez said: “The restructure of the IPC’s management team aims to address the growth of the organisation and its member organisations, the increasing and complex demands in all areas of the business, and the exciting opportunities that have resulted from the recently signed long-term IOC-IPC agreement.

“We are an athlete-centred organisation with a strong commitment to support our members and promote social inclusion. Changing circumstances in the world of sport naturally will require adjustments to how we approach our work. We are excited to pursue excellence in our daily work, and I believe our new structure will best help us do so.”