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New Chair for British Swimming at end of 2012

7th February 2012

British Swimming will seek a new Chairman of the board when Alistair Gray completes his four-year term of office at the end of 2012 - a year where he believes a further landmark in the history of the sport will be achieved at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Alistair was appointed at the end of 2008 through to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and believes a new chairman should be appointed to oversee the process of a number of succession issues that will require addressing through to 2016 and beyond.

The leadership, support and encouragement Alistair has shown has been a vital component in the progress British Swimming has made since 2008.

British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes said: “Alistair has brought real energy which has revitalised British Swimming and has enabled the executive team and I to achieve success beyond our expectations. He has also established a number of positive changes to the leadership and governance of the sport.

“The leadership, support and encouragement Alistair has shown has been a vital component in the progress British Swimming has made since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.”

Alistair is the Founder and Managing Director of Renaissance & Company and is one of Europe’s leading strategic management consultants. He was appointed Chairman of British Swimming following three years as Chairman of British Performance Basketball.

Alistair said: “It has been a great privilege to lead British Swimming over the last four years and my successor will take over a sport which is performing in the pool and as a business. The board of British Swimming is one of the strongest in British sport and is well equipped to address the challenges post 2012.”

Alistair holds a number of non-executive appointments. He is a Chairman of the Winning Scotland Foundation, a charitable foundation set up to be a catalyst to create a culture of winning in Scotland and is also Chairman of the Edrington Group Pension Trustees, responsible for management of a major private pension fund.

He is a former Executive Board Member of the European Hockey Federation and a member of the Marketing Committee of the International Hockey Federation.

A former Chairman and President of Honour of Scottish Hockey, Alistair was the founding Chairman of the Scottish Institute of Sport (1998-2005) and a member of the High Performance Board of UK Sport.

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