UK Athletics has announced Zara Hyde Peters as the organisation's new CEO.
The former distance runner who competed for Great Britain in endurance events as well as representing England at the 1994 Commonwealth Games worked for UK Athletics between 2000 and 2008 before leading British Triathlon as CEO.
During her time at British Triathlon, she oversaw a growth in participation as well as producing Team GB’s first ever Olympic medals in the discipline in 2012.
She will succeed Niels de Vos as CEO.
Zara Hyde Peters said: “I’m delighted to be returning to the sport I love and to do so as Chief Executive of UK Athletics is a massive honour. It is an exciting time for the sport. We have a huge opportunity to build on recent successes and I’m excited about being part of the team helping to realise that potential and cement our reputation as a leader in world athletics.”
Dame Katherine Grainger, chair of UK Sport said: “Zara brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of sport to her new role having been both an athlete and hugely respected sports administrator. In addition, her wider business expertise will be a huge asset leading the national federation of this global sport.
“Most importantly, she clearly loves and cares deeply about the future of athletics and I look forward to working in close partnership with her and all the team at UK Athletics to make sure UK Sport’s support through National Lottery funding continues to enable future generations of British athletes to achieve their dreams and inspire the nation.”