Sport England has announced the appointment of Viveen Taylor (pictured below) as its first Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
The body says the new role will be dedicated to ensuring everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of being physically active regardless of their background, while Taylor -who has worked with Sport England since August 2018, will be tasked with making sure those who lead and deliver sport and physical activity in England reflect the nation they serve.
Since joining Sport England, Taylor has headed up the organisation’s work to help people in lower socio-economic groups to live more active lives.
She started her career in local government in Manchester before moving to lead Hulme City Challenge, one of the government’s first regeneration programmes, supporting single parent families move into work.
She has spent more than 25 years engaging and supporting excluded communities to not only have a voice, but to empower them to create lasting change.
“I’m truly delighted to be appointed to the role at such a pivotal point in time as we commit to addressing inequalities,” she said.
“It’s a huge role and it’s going to be challenging and difficult at times, but I’m not daunted or phased by what’s to come.”
Her appointment comes days after Sport England unveiled a new 10-year strategy, Uniting the Movement, which aims to place tackling inequalities at the heart of its work and give opportunities to people who may otherwise miss out on being physically active.
The new strategy will be supported by the launch of a one-year action plan in the coming months, with a further, longer-term, action plan to be announced once there is more certainty as to the impact of the pandemic on the community sport sector.