UK Athletics names Interim CEO

24 Jan 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

UK Athletics has announced the appointment of Nic Coward as its Interim CEO.

The National Governing Body has said that the recruitment process for a new CEO is ongoing after Zara Hyde Peters did not take up the CEO position amid media revelations in 2019, and that Coward will lead the organisation until a permanent appointment is made.

Chris Clark, Chair of UK Athletics said: “(An) Olympic and Paralympic year is always hugely important for the sport and it’s essential we continue to make progress in these final few months in the approach to the Games.

“Appointing an Interim CEO is the first important step to ensure we have strong leadership for the sport working alongside our management team and the board, and ultimately supporting our world class programme so they all give their very best in Tokyo.

“Nic is a highly experienced sport executive and will provide an important leadership role until such time our next CEO, currently being recruited, can start.”

Coward joins UK Athletics having worked as a director and consultant across sport and other sectors, with current roles including Chair of England Golf and the ECB’s Regulatory Committee. He is also active in advising sports in India and China.   

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining UK Athletics as interim CEO. Athletics is a sport that captures the nation’s imagination each and every year, but Olympic and Paralympic year is even more special.

“I’m looking forward to working with the board and all the team, across the organisation, at such an important time for the sport.”

Coward is a former General Secretary of the Premier League and CEO of the British Horseracing Authority, as well as twice acting CEO of the FA.