SkillsActive appoints new Chair

Peter Rowley

SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Sport and Active Leisure, has appointed Peter Rowley as its new Chair of the Board.
As Chair, Peter will build on developing political and key stakeholder relationships as well as providing leadership and strategic direction to the Board of Trustees. His responsibilities include governance appraisal and ensuring best practice, overseeing compliance with The Charity Commission Code of Conduct, developing SkillsActive into a role model Sector Skills Council and leading the organisation through a significant period of political, funding and internal change.
Ian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of SkillsActive, says: “In line with my remit to drive the business forward, Peter will play a key role in strengthening our new structure. This will ensure our core products and services continue to meet the demands and needs of all the sectors we serve, and employers we work with.”
“Peter joins on the back of a successful bid by the organisation for significant Government UKCES Growth and Innovation Funding (GIF) which will be used, in full consultation with key stakeholders and operators, to professionalise the leisure sector through the extension of our highly successful and innovative REPs registration model.”
Commenting on the appointment, Peter said: “This is a great time to be involved in sport, active leisure and learning and I’m delighted to become part of SkillsActive as it transitions from a Government funded organisation to one that is commercially and customer driven. I look forward to working with our customers, stakeholders, our new chief executive and the team that has made SkillsActive one of the most innovative, focused and respected sector skills councils in the UK.”
Whilst bringing valuable experience and advice to SkillsActive, Peter will continue to serve on the Board of Sport England and act as Sport England’s Regional Champion for Community Sport in the North East and to fulfil his role as an independent member of UK Sport’s Audit Committee, three posts which place Peter very much at the heart of sport in the UK.
Over the past few years Peter has also built an impressive portfolio of charity, voluntary and social enterprise clients, all of whom employ his services as an independent director or trustee. These include: The Sports Ground Safety Authority, Sports Leaders UK, Coachwise (the trading arm of sports coach UK) and Tees Valley Sport (County Sports Partnership). Prior to this Peter enjoyed a distinguished career in retail finance, banking and building societies, holding the post of Chief Executive of Darlington Building Society for 17 years.

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