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.

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.

Martin Merryweather - strategy director

Martin Merryweather joined British Cycling in the new role of Strategy Director in 2018. Martin leads the strategy directorate which includes the Research and Insights, Programme Design, Facilities, Policy, Education and  IT & Digital functions of the organisation.

With 20 years’ strategy and management consulting experience working with some of the world’s leading brands, Martin has a deep understanding of technology, data and business transformation which will benefit us as we seek to transform Britain into a great cycling nation. 

A keen cyclist, Martin is a member of British Cycling’s National Council, volunteer and race organiser.