Great Britain’s largest provider of sport science and medicine to elite sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), has appointed Tash Carpenter as its Director of Communications.
Carpenter will be part of the EIS’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and have responsibility for all aspects of internal and external communications.
She will report directly to the EIS’s National Director, Nigel Walker, and takes-up her new post in May 2018, after serving notice in her current role as Head of Communications at Premiership Rugby.
Tash Carpenter said: “I am excited and proud to have been offered such a brilliant opportunity and to be joining the EIS. I have great respect for all the work that Nigel and his team at the EIS have delivered over the years. I am looking forward to getting started.”
Nigel Walker added: “Tash was the outstanding candidate amongst a very high quality field of applicants for the role. She combines a superb track-record in sports communications with excellent personal qualities and I am sure she will thrive at the EIS.
“This is a very exciting time to be part of the high performance system and I have no doubt that Tash will make a great contribution to our leadership team and have a very positive impact on the EIS over the course of the Tokyo cycle.”
Born in London, Carpenter was educated at Durham University and the University of Oxford and has more than 10 years’ experience in sports communications.
She spent eight years at the British Paralympic Association in various media and communications roles and has worked for ParalympicsGB at five Games, including London and Rio. She has been Head of Communications at Premiership Rugby since April 2017.
At the EIS Tash will lead a communications team of four people and oversee all aspects of the organisation’s communications.
The EIS is Britain’s largest provider of sport science and helps elite athletes to improve performance through the delivery of science, medicine, technology and engineering.
It worked with 93% of the GB athletes that won a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its 350-plus employees deliver more than 4,500 hours of service each week to over 1,300 athletes in more than 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports.