SkillsActive appoints Olympic Gold Medallist as new Chief Executive


SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Sport and Active Leisure, has appointed Olympic gold medallist Ian Taylor as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Ian, who was part of Great Britain’s gold medal-winning hockey team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, has 25 years’ of commercial experience in addition to his 12 year career as an elite athlete.  He has held a number of CEO roles at organisations including Greyhound Board of Great Britain, London Irish Rugby Club and Sport-Scotland.

Prior to Ian’s new appointment he spent two years as Major Projects Director at GL Events where he was responsible for high-profile event management contracts including the 2012 Olympic Games, Football, Rugby and Cricket World Cups, Formula 1 and Masters Tournaments for Tennis and Golf.

He takes over from interim CEO Suki Kalirai, who has been holding the position for the past six months. SkillsActive Chair Elaine Clowes comments: “In this Olympic year, Ian’s sporting credentials and entrepreneurial expertise will make an invaluable contribution to the organisation. Under his leadership, SkillsActive will further enhance its reputation as one of the most innovative, focused and respected sector skills council in the UK.”

She continues: “As SkillsActive makes the transition from a Government funded organisation to one that is commercially and customer driven, Ian is the ideal person to build on the company’s existing strengths and ensure it continues to deliver services of the highest quality.”

Ian is a former Minister of Sport’s nominee on The Sports Council, an Executive Board Director of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and is published author including co-author of the International Athletes Time Management Programme.

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