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UKA Board Appointments

Ed Warner - UK Athletics

Ed Warner - UK Athletics

UKA have today announced the appointment of two new Directors to the board of UK Athletics from 1 May 2012.

Dr Sarah Rowell and Sarah Smart will join the Board of UKA following an open recruitment process as Non-Executive Directors. Smart will also chair the Board’s Audit Committee.

Rowell, a former UK marathon record holder and Olympian has more recently worked with the governing body as chair of the UKA Mountain Running Advisory Group, as well as sitting on the European Athletics Mountain Running Commission.

Smart is currently Chair of The Pensions Trust, a board member of the London Pensions Fund Authority and a Director of Social Investment Scotland. A keen recreational runner, she has previously competed in ultra marathons including the Himalayan 100.

Rowell, a consultant to sporting bodies who has overseen strategic reviews and a number of world class performance programmes across Olympic and Paralympic sports, said:

“I was delighted to receive the call for the position. Although I felt I had the expertise and experience, you never quite know what elements are required.

“I’ve been fortunate to go to an Olympics in my time, and although my competitive career was cut short I have spent the whole of my working life in high performance sport and if I can help in any way to ensure an athlete or athletes achieve their potential, then that’s a brilliant opportunity.

“UKA has seen a lot of change in the last 10 years and it is an exciting time to come aboard. I am keen to take on a debate and I have strong views, but likewise am willing to have my views changed so I look forward to bringing that dynamic to the board as a Non-Executive Director.”