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Culture Secretary Maria Miller has announced seven new Sport England Board members with Olympic champion Sally Gunnell, England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans and British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake amongst the new additions.
Gunnell, Jevans and Drake are joined on the community sport body’s board by English Federation of Disability Sport chair Charles Reed, Transport for London chief finance officer David Goldstone, Speed Communications managing director Kate Bosomworth and Accenture director Mark Spelman.
The Sport England Board is tasked with strengthening community sport across the country and ensuring that the legacy from London 2012 continues.
They also monitor the £1 billion of exchequer and lottery funding that Sport England is investing in grassroots sport in the five years to 2017.
"We have seen an increased sporting enthusiasm across the country following London 2012 and Sport England has a vital role to play in keeping up the momentum; boosting grassroots sport and encouraging even more people to participate,” said the Culture Secretary.
"The new board members will help Sport England do exactly that.
"They bring with them a wealth of experience from different backgrounds and will help ensure that the £1 billion of public money Sport England is investing into community sport makes the biggest possible impact.”
The seven new board members begin their three year terms immediately with a time commitment of two days per month.
They are entitled to an attendance allowance of £218 per day.
The seven join a 12-member Board that already includes England Women’s Cricket head coach Clare Connor, Hamara Healthy Living Centre chief executive Hanif Malik, Darlington Building Society chief executive Peter Rowley, Lace Market Heritage Trust founder Michiel Stevenson and KPMG's Global Infrastructure Practice chair James Stewart.
The Sport England Board is headed by the organisation’s chairman Nick Bitel.
"I am delighted with the high calibre of individuals who are joining us,” said Bitel.
"They will bring considerable expertise to an already experienced Board and will help steer the organisation over the coming years.
"It is a testament to the work of Sport England that we have been able to make such a very impressive set of appointments.”
The appointments build on the Culture Secretary’s focus on raising the profile of women and sport, part of which aims to increase the representation of women on sport governing bodies boards.
As part of their work on good governance, Sport England and UK Sport are urging sport national governing bodies, which are in receipt of public funding, to have boards that are at least 25 per cent female by 2017.
The new appointments mean that Sport England’s Board is now a third female.
The Sport England Board appointments come as the Culture Secretary also announced two new female UK Sport Board members who have been tasked to help the elite sport body.
Former triathlete and rower Sarah Springman and former president of the British Show Jumping Association Lis Astall join the UK Sport Board effective immediately.