Rod Carr And Chris Holmes Appointed To The Board Of UK Sport

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Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport, has announced the appointment of Rod Carr and Chris Holmes as independent members of the Board of UK Sport.

Rod and Chris will bring significant experience to the board, specifically their respective expertise in the Olympic and Paralympic sectors.   Their terms of appointment will run for three years from 19 September 2005.

Rod Carr OBE

Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association, with extensive experience of performance management at Olympic level since 1984, achieving particular success at the Games in Sydney and Athens. He received the National Coaching Foundation's Geoffrey Dyson award in 2000. Rod was awarded the OBE this year for services to sailing.

Chris Holmes MBE

Britain's most successful paralympic swimmer, with 9 Paralympic Golds. Member of National Swim Team 1985-2001, and Team Captain for five years. He has served as a Commissioner for Disability Rights Commission, and has been an Ambassador for the 2012 Olympic Bid.  Chris, a lawyer, was awarded the MBE in 1992 for services to sport.

Notes to Editors

1.  UK Sport is the organisation charged with leading sport in the UK to world-class success.  Primarily this means working with partner organisations to deliver medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, through its World Class Performance Programme.  UK Sport also takes responsibility for activities best delivered at a UK level – such as the nation's anti-doping programme; bidding for and staging major events; increasing our sporting influence and activity overseas; and promoting good conduct, ethics and diversity in sport.  Established by Royal Charter in 1997, UK Sport is accountable to Parliament through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Employing around 70 staff based in central London, it is funded by a mix of Lottery and Exchequer funding and is responsible for managing and distributing nearly £50 million per year.  Its work is directed by its Board, which meets every two months.

2.  Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in consultation with the Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Government, and Northern Ireland Office.  The time commitment is expected to be 1-3 days per month, remunerated at £200 per day.  The appointments process was carried out in accordance with the OCPA Code.  Appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.

3.  The current UK Sport board members are:

Sue Campbell CBE (Chair) 
Constance St Louis
Dr Laura McAllister
Nick Bitel  
Louise Martin CBE 
Professor Eric Saunders OBE (representing the Sports Council for Northern Ireland)
Philip Carling (representing the Sports Council for Wales)
Lord Carter of Coles (representing Sport England)
Julia Bracewell (representing sportscotland)

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