Andy Parkinson begins role as British Rowing CEO


Andy Parkinson has, this week, started as the new Chief Executive Officer of British Rowing.

Parkinson was appointed to the role in November 2014, following five years as CEO of UK Anti-Doping. Prior to his leadership of UKAD – during which time he lead the organisation to the forefront of global anti-doping – Parkinson headed the anti-doping operations at UK Sport. He has also worked for the International Paralympic Committee, Paralympics New Zealand, and was President of New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby.

“It is an honour and a privilege to join British Rowing as Chief Executive Officer,” said Parkinson. “I’m looking forward to working alongside a terrific Chairman, staff and network of volunteers, and celebrating success both on and off the water.”

“Andy’s credentials in national and international sporting governance are first-class, and he brings a wealth of experience to our organisation,” said British Rowing Chairman Annamarie Phelps. “I am delighted that Andy has started with British Rowing this week, and I’m sure that the whole sport will join me in welcoming him.”

Parkinson’s arrival marks the end of Neil Chugani’s 12-month tenure as Interim CEO, although the Henley Royal Regatta Steward and UK Sport Board Member will remain at British Rowing until the end of January, to support Andy’s transition into the role.

“Neil has led British Rowing with distinction,” said Phelps. “Neil has guided the organisation with great purpose and his influence has helped progress British Rowing significantly in that time. In thanking Neil for his contribution and commitment, I speak for everyone here.  We wish him every success in the future as he returns to his business career, and look forward to him remaining a close friend of British Rowing.”

“It has been an honour to serve British Rowing as CEO, both professionally and personally.” said Chugani. “Although I am departing from the Board, I remain as passionate about rowing as ever, and I look forward to remaining close and committed to the sport in other capacities.”

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