UK Sport appoint Simon Timson as Director of Performance
Paul Dancey on 18/10/2012
UK Sport has announced that Simon Timson has been appointed to the role of Director of Performance.
As Director of Performance, Simon will be charged with the crucial role of shaping the future of the UKís high performance system to sustain British Olympic and Paralympic success in Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and beyond.
Simon Timson said: "I'm delighted to be taking up this significant leadership role within UK Sport at such an exciting time, with such a strong performance in London to build upon.
"I feel confident the system possesses the knowledge, expertise and tools required to sustain success into the future and will be looking to the lessons learned from the London cycle to see where there is room for improvement.
"London 2012 certainly inspired a generation, and I'm looking forward to working with UK Sportís key partners, particularly the Olympic and Paralympic sports, to further develop the high performance system and enable more athletes to achieve the ambitions London has inspired within them in Sochi, Rio and beyond."
The appointment is made following an extensive recruitment process over the period of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, designed to put the organisation in the best possible position to appoint an outstanding candidate for this role from the world of high performance sport.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport, said: "London 2012 was a huge milestone on this incredible journey that British high performance sport is on, and in Simon, we believe we have found the perfect person to build on this success and deliver a meaningful legacy for our future elite athletes."
Simonís current position at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), as Head of the England Development Programme and Science and Medicine, has seen him lead strategic direction as well as innovate at the cutting edge of sport to deliver exceptional performance; both key skills to bring to the UK Sport Director of Performance role.
Meanwhile Simon has also been a highly valued member of UK Sportís Mission Control Panel since 2011, working across all Olympic and Paralympic sports, evaluating their preparations for London 2012 through UK Sportís Mission 2012 tool.
Prior to his work at the ECB, Simon was Performance Director to British Skeleton from 2000 to 2006, kick-starting a glittering period for the sport in which they have won medals at every Olympic Games since Salt Lake City in 2002.
Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: "Simonís wealth of experience in elite sport and knowledge of our system through his previous work with British Skeleton and UK Sport made him a stand out candidate for this role. I look forward to working with him to maintain our competitive edge and create an even stronger, more sustainable high performance system that will continue to deliver success and make the nation proud."
Simon will take up his role in January 2013, succeeding Peter Keen who left the role in May 2012 to become UK Sportís Special Advisor for Performance.
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