British Weight Lifting is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Rowley as its new non-executive chairman.
Bringing valuable experience and advice, Peter Rowley joins British Weight Lifting at an exciting time, with Tommy Yule having been appointed as Performance Director and a new Chief Executive also due to be announced in the coming weeks.
Together, the three new appointees will help drive the organisation forward towards greater success at both elite and grassroots level.
Mr Rowley will continue to serve on the Board of Sport England and act as Sport England’s Regional Champion for Community Sport in the North East.
He will also continue to fulfil his roles as an independent chair of SkillsActive UK, the Sector Skills Council for Sport and Active Leisure, and an independent member of UK Sport’s Audit Committee, posts which place him very much at the heart of sport in the UK.
Over the past few years Peter has built an impressive portfolio of charity, voluntary and social enterprise clients, all of whom employ his services as an independent director or trustee. These include: The Sports Grounds Safety Authority, Coachwise (the trading arm of sports coach UK) and Tees Valley Sport (County Sports Partnership).
Prior to this Peter enjoyed a distinguished career in retail finance, banking and building societies, latterly holding the post of Director and Chief Executive of Darlington Building Society for 17 years.
As Chair of British Weightlifting, Peter joins the organisation at an exciting time following its successful funding bids to Sport England and UK Sport.
He will lead and manage the Board in the development of vision, strategy and policies in collaboration with senior management and Board members through a significant period of political, funding and internal change.
Interim chairman and BWL Board Member, Philip Young, said: “In line with driving the organisation forward, Peter will play a key role in strengthening our new structure.
“This will ensure our position as the leading provider of lifting-focused competition, education and development opportunities, continue to enhance sport participation over the next four years and build upon 2012 success to deliver competitive weightlifting and powerlifting teams for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.”
Commenting on the appointment, Peter said “This is a great time to be involved in sport, and I’m delighted to become part of British Weight Lifting as it embarks on a new era for the sport and a new funding cycle.
“I look forward to working with our members, stakeholders, our new Chief Executive and the team that has made British Weight Lifting an innovative, focused and respected National Governing Body."