The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships have appointed Phil Heselwood, Jonathan Rigby and Kate Steven to its senior management team.
Heselwood joins as a director of sport, Rigby as a director of commercial, marketing and communications and Steven in a director of operations role.
The three latest acquisitions will report to the Championships CEO, Trudy Lindblade and will work alongside the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and its partners to ensure that a successful competition is brought in the inaugural event, set to be held in Scotland.
Previously, Heselwood has been a part of British Cycling’s major events team for 11 years, as well as two years as a major events development manager. His experience has meant that he has been involved in 13 major championships, including the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships, that make up the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.
“I am very excited to be part of such an innovative and ambitious event,” said Heselwood.
“Glasgow and Scotland have a well-deserved global reputation for delivering world class events, and there is no doubt they will again provide the perfect stage for the world’s best cyclists across all 13 disciplines to perform and inspire.
“The potential of this event for cycling and the positive impact it aims to have on people’s behaviours is hugely inspiring. I’m looking forward to working with all the great partners across the country to showcase both theirs, and Scotland’s, ambition to the world.
Rigby joins the World Championships management team having previously worked as a commercial director at British Cycling. His other past roles have seen him as a commercial and marketing director at BBC Children in Need and International Head of Marketing at Manchester United for five years.
Rigby said: “The vision for 2023 is to deliver a unique international event that also showcases and inspires people to make cycling part of their everyday lives.
“This presents a fantastic opportunity to not only engage communities but also for domestic and international sponsors to partner with a truly purpose-led event at a time when cycling is booming. I’m delighted to be part of this bold ambition and I look forward to working with Trudy, the Event Partners and wider stakeholders to deliver this vision.”
Kate Steven was instrumental in the successful delivery of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships where she was the head of operations. Outside of cycling, she was part of the organising committee for the London Olympics and head of events for 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“I’m delighted to be joining the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships team,” started Steven.
“I have worked on a variety of sport operations around the world and am looking forward to working in collaboration with our national partners to build an exceptional team and operation here in my home nation. It is a privilege to help deliver the world’s largest ever cycle event and promote the power of the bike.”
Heselwood is expected to take up his position from December 1 2020, followed by Rigby and Steven from January 1 2021.
Author: Jake Wilkin