UK Athletics has today announced the appointment of Nic Coward as Interim CEO.

Coward, who has extensive sport leadership experience, will lead the National Governing Body until such time as a permanent appointment is made through the ongoing CEO recruitment process.

As former General Secretary of the Premier League and CEO of the British Horseracing Authority, as well as twice acting CEO of the Football Association, he has considerable experience navigating the complexity of international and domestic stakeholders within the sporting landscape.

In recent years he has been a director and consultant in sport and other sectors. Current roles include Chair of England Golf and the England and Wales Cricket Board Regulatory Committee in addition to advising sports in India and China.

Nic Coward said: “I’m delighted to be joining UK Athletics as interim CEO. Athletics is a sport that captures the nation’s imagination each and every year, but Olympic and Paralympic year is even more special.

“I’m looking forward to working with the board and all the team, across the organisation, at such an important time for the sport.”

Chris Clark, Chair of UK Athletics said: “Olympic and Paralympic year is always hugely important for the sport and it’s essential we continue to make progress in these final few months in the approach to the Games.

“Appointing an interim CEO is the first important step to ensure we have strong leadership for the sport working alongside our management team and the board, and ultimately supporting our world class programme so they all give their very best in Tokyo.

“Nic is a highly experienced sport executive and will provide an important leadership role until such time our next CEO, currently being recruited, can start.”