British Cycling strengthens leadership team with appointment of two new directors

British Cycling strengthens leadership team with appointment of two new directors

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British Cycling is delighted to announce the appointment of two new directors to its Executive Leadership Team.

Rod Findlay, Integrity and Compliance Director, has started in his new role, while Danielle Every, Cycling Delivery Director, will take up her post over shortly, completing the organisation’s new leadership structure.

Findlay joined British Cycling from England Golf, where he was Director of Business and Legal Services. In his current role, he will be responsible for ensuring that British Cycling’s compliance, governance and legal procedures are as strong as possible.

In light of British Cycling’s recent organisational restructure, Findlay will ensure that the organisation meets best practice standards of governance and that stronger support is provided to the regions. He will also oversee the organisation’s risk management, safeguarding and anti-doping policies, working with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) as part of a ground-breaking partnership between the two organisations.

His role also encompasses athlete support, ensuring that the Great Britain Cycling Team has the resource and support it needs to look after its riders.

Findlay said:

“Good governance from the board to the grassroots is fundamental to our ambition to be a world-leading governing body and I am relishing the opportunity to work with people across the sport.

“Our partnership with UKAD will be an essential part of our service to cycling in Britain – riders at every level, our members, our funders and the public deserve to have confidence in the sport they love.”

British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, said:

“After a substantial and thorough recruitment process, we are delighted to confirm the appointment of two people of the calibre of Danielle and Rod. Their considerable experience and passion for our sport will benefit British Cycling immensely, and their appointments signal the completion of our Executive Leadership Team – a significant step for our organisation.”

Every – who joins from Pentathlon GB, where she was Chief Executive - will lead on excellence in the delivery of the organisation’s programmes and events, across recreation, sport and talent.

Every previously spent over a decade at the Football Association, in areas including coaching, learning and elite youth development which culminated in leading the build of St George's Park. She took over as Pentathlon GB Chief Executive in February 2016 in the run up to the Rio Olympic Games, playing a key role in ensuring that the governing body continued to receive National Lottery funding through UK Sport for the Tokyo Olympic cycle as well as launching the Laser Run, a new format of the sport.

She said:

“I love the wide appeal of cycling and the array of possibilities it offers to families and individuals, and I am thrilled to be joining British Cycling at such an exciting time. There is a fantastic opportunity to build upon the progressive work already going on across the cycling disciplines to achieve the British Cycling vision of being a great cycling nation.

“I am really looking forward to working with the British Cycling team, the regions, other key delivery partners and sponsors to enhance the cycling experience for all and to further connect the pathway to enable and inspire every cyclist to achieve their personal goals."

The appointments finalise British Cycling’s current Executive Leadership Team. Since January 2017, the organisation has recruited Stephen Park (Performance Director); Jonathan Rigby (Commercial Director); and Martin Merryweather (Strategy Director) who sit alongside Jamie Obank (Chief Operating Officer); as well as welcoming Julie Harrington to the role of Chief Executive in April 2017.