British Cycling has announced that independent chair Frank Slevin has been appointed for a further three years until January 2024.
Slevin was first appointed in January 2018 and has successfully overseen significant improvements to: medical governance and athlete welfare, implemented changes required for the Code for Sports Governance and transformed its regional structure to support English regions.
In the past 12 months, Slevin has had to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and has supported the organisation's leadership team as they develop their plans for the coming years, with a particular focus on: recovery from the effects of the pandemic, long-terms plans to support each of the cycling disciplines and making the organisation diverse and inclusive at every level. Most recently, he secured the appointment of Brian Facer as a replacement for departing CEO Julie Harrington, with Facer expected to take up the role from January 11.
“It’s been a real privilege for both myself and the board to support the organisation through a period of significant change, be that in governance, the support we offer to the Great Britain Cycling Team or the ongoing challenge of Covid-19," started Slevin.
“While there is an immediate need to see the sport through this difficult period, I know that there is some fantastic work in the pipeline to ensure that cycling doesn’t just recover but prospers in the years ahead, welcoming new people from different backgrounds into our sport and ensuring that the foundations are in place to support a vibrant domestic scene across all disciplines.
“With Brian set to take up his role as our new Chief Executive on Monday and a board strengthened considerably by new independent expertise, I am proud to extend my term as Chair and excited to see what we can achieve together.”
Senior Independent Director Marian Lauder MBE has also extended her term, committing to British Cycling for a further year until April 2022.
Lauder joined the British Cycling board in April 2014 and has been responsible for charing the Audit and Risk Committees, alongside commissions the Cycling Independent Review and shaping British Cycling's response to it, through production of the 39-point action plan, providing expert guidance on how best to fully conform to the Code for Sports Governance.
Lauder said: “Our future is being led and influenced by our members, and it continues to be my great pleasure to be surrounded by executives and an organisation whose shared passion is to innovate and take cycling forward.
“I have no doubt that the joys of cycling will continue to be realised by thousands more people, and I am looking forward to helping others in these transformative times.”
Under the Code for Sports Governance an organisation’s Independent Chair and board members are permitted to serve a total of three, three-year terms.
Author: Jake Wilkin