MSA names new CEO

05 Sep 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Hugh Chambers, the current COO of World Sailing, has been announced as the new CEO of The UK Motor Sports Association (MSA).

Chambers will assume the position from November, taking on the leadership of the UK’s governing body for motorsport, responsible for the overall strategy, leadership and management of the organisation, which represents around 30,000 competitors, 10,000 volunteer marshals, 3,200 officials, and 720 clubs. 

The appointment follows an extensive and independent process conducted by a leading professional search firm, in conjunction with a panel comprising non-executive directors of the MSA.

Chambers brings significant commercial, sports governing body and motorsport experience to the MSA. 

At World Sailing, he has been instrumental in creating a new commercial and marketing proposition, and is credited with transforming perceptions of the sport among stakeholders and commercial partners.

Chambers also previously served in commercial and leadership roles at Team Sky and the British Olympic Association through London 2012. Earlier in his career, he spent ten years in motorsport management, including programmes in the WRC, Le Mans and Formula One, with BAR Honda.

Commenting on the appointment, David Richards, chairman of the MSA, said:  "We conducted a very thorough search for a new CEO capable of leading the Motor Sports Association into its next ambitious phase. The standard of candidates was very high, however Hugh stood out as having all the right qualifications given his commercial, sports governing body and motorsport background.”

Chambers said: “I am delighted to take up the role of CEO of the MSA. For me, this role combines a lifelong involvement in motorsport, with all of my broader experience, drawn from a career in sport and marketing. I am fortunate to have worked at the very pinnacle of motor racing, as well as participating across the breadth of the sport.

“There is an incredible opportunity to grow participation at grassroots level, bringing the excitement of motorsport to new audiences. I look forward to working alongside all the staff and stakeholders for the long-term benefit of the sport in the UK.”

The MSA is the official national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK, as recognised by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).