British Cycling executive leadership team

British Cycling executive leadership team

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Information about British Cycling's executive leadership team.

Julie Harrington – chief executive officer

Julie Harrington became British Cycling CEO in May 2017.

Julie has almost 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in a sports environment most recently as the Football Association’s group operations director, responsible for running both Wembley Stadium and St George's Park, in addition to women's and development team games away from Wembley.  

Jamie Obank – chief operating officer

Jamie Obank was appointed chief operating officer in 2016 as part of a strengthening of British Cycling’s management structure.

Responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the organisation, Jamie first joined British Cycling as finance director in 2011 having previously been finance director and main board director at companies in the manufacturing, construction and renewable energy sectors.

Jamie is a qualified accountant and has extensive senior level experience of corporate restructurings, takeovers, cost-rationalisation and the implementation of robust financial controls.

Jonny Clay – director of cycling

Jonny’s team is responsible for managing all aspects of cycling including recreation, cycle sport, education and facilities development and the delivery of major international events.

The department is also responsible for all competition related commissions and the development of future event related legislation.

Jonny enjoyed a professional cycling career during which he had the rare honour of representing his country at elite level in the world championships of three disciplines - road, track and mountain bike. A bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics, world and Commonwealth Games silver medals, plus many national titles were among key highlights.

Jonny was appointed as British Cycling’s regional talent manager for the North East in 2000, having sat on British Cycling’s board for the last five years of his cycling career. In 2004 he took over management of the membership department before being appointed to cycle sport and membership director in 2009. In January 2017, Jonny was appointed director of cycling.

Jonathan Rigby - commercial director

Jonathan Rigby joined British Cycling as commercial director in October 2017, having spent 3 years as commercial director at BBC Children In Need.

He brings over 20 years’ experience working in a number of strategic, partnership development and management roles for a number of creative agencies, media and sports marketing companies, including five years as head of marketing at Manchester United.

Stephen Park – Great Britain Cycling Team performance director

British Cycling announced the appointment of Stephen Park OBE as the Great Britain Cycling Team’s performance director in December 2016. Stephen began working for British Cycling in April 2017, attending the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong as his first major event with the team.

Stephen had been the Royal Yachting Association’s Olympic manager for the previous 15 years, with Britain’s world-beating sailors amassing 23 Olympic and Paralympic medals during his time at the helm.