About us


The EIS is a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport, the government body accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for the strategic investment of National Lottery and Exchequer income to inspire the nation through Olympic and Paralympic Sport success.

The EIS is funded by a grant of £60 million over four years from UK Sport and income generated by providing services to sport national governing bodies (NGBs).

In the current cycle, NGBs will have invested £27.6 million in EIS services.

The EIS has its own independent board, chaired by John Steele, providing strategic direction to the organisation with the aim of supporting the delivery of Olympic and Paralympic success by fulfilling our vision to be the world leading high performance institute.

If you wish to view our Board Member Interest Declarations please click here.

We recognise the value of having a diverse Board and are committed to progressing towards greater diversity within Board and leadership positions.

We will aim to maintain gender parity with a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board and will also demonstrate a strong and public commitment to achieving further diversity, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.

We will seek to advertise appropriate Board vacancies in a wide-ranging and targeted manner ensuring that the vacancies reach the widest demographics attracting those from all backgrounds with the appropriate skills.

To read about our commitment to equality, please click here.

For our Board Diversity Action Plan, please click here.

Click here to read our Gender Pay Gap report (published March 2018).


Nigel Walker

National Director

Nigel joined the EIS in September 2010 having previously been Head of Change and Internal Communications at BBC Wales.

A former international athlete and rugby union player, he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler before switching to rugby, earning 17 international caps for Wales. He has also served as a UK Sport board member from 2006-10, was Chair of the Major Events Panel and a member of the Audit Committee.

Jamie Skiggs

Director of Finance and Business Operations

A qualified accountant, Jamie studied Economics and Statistics at Keele University and held operational and finance roles for a national delivery company before spending ten years with MAN Truck and Bus (part of the VW group), latterly as Finance Director.

He joined the EIS in June 2017 with responsibility to build, develop and lead the organisations Operations, Finance, IT and Legal departments.

John Steele


John Steele was appointed EIS Chair in October 2013, having served as a Chief Executive in private, public, and charitable sports organisations including UK Sport, the Rugby Football Union and the Youth Sport Trust.

John served as an army officer before becoming a professional rugby player and European cup winning coach. As Chair,he leads the EIS Board in setting the strategic direction and development of the organisation.

Chelsea Warr

Board Member

Chelsea joined UK Sport in 2005, and was promoted to Head of Performance Pathways where she led the transformation of the GB High Performance system approach to talent identification and development. This led to the discovery of Olympic medallists such as Helen Glover, Tom Daley and Lizzy Yarnold. Chelsea was promoted to Deputy Director of Performance in 2013 and then Director of Performance in October 2016 following her key role in enabling GB’s historic success at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Craig Hunter

Board Member

Craig Hunter, an independent non-exec director (Senior NED), who represents the EIS on the UK Sport group audit committee, was Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB at London 2012, leading Britain to its most successful Games in history. He is currently a Director at British Swimming, whom he served as Olympic Team Manager between 1998 and 2006.

He also served as Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England at the Delhi Games in 2010 and is a founding director of VERSEC Limited, an award winning corporate governance and sports management/leadership consultancy.

Jo Doust

Board Member

Jonathan Doust, an independent non-exec director, is a Director and Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, representing almost 3,000 members in the UK. He has worked with Olympic and Commonwealth medallists and published extensive research into the physiology of peak sporting performance.

He is Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Brighton and formerly a director of research and development for Ceredigion NHS trust. He has also worked with many public and charitable organisations designing and monitoring exercise schemes to promote health.

Victoria Aggar

Board Member

Victoria Aggar (nee Hansford), an independent non-exec director,  is an Athlete Services Manager at the British Paralympic Association.

She is a former Paralympic athlete who won 100m gold in athletics at the Wheelchair and Amputee World Games in 2005 before switching her attention to rowing.

Victoria won world titles in 2006 and 2009 as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Sally Munday MBE

Board Member

Sally, an independent non-exec director, has spent her career in sport with the majority working for National Governing Bodies of Sport. Sally has been CEO of England Hockey MBE since 2009 having previously held the role of Development Director and also worked for the LTA .  Sally was  an international team manager in hockey for ten years.

She is passionate about showcasing international sport in the UK and led the succesful bid to bring the 2018 Hockey World Cup to London. A staunch patriot, Sally believes in the power that sport has to unite a nation and is passionate about the role that it plays in British society from improving academic attainment in education, to improving health to community cohesion.

Sally is an MBA graduate from Henley Business School.

Vic Luck

Board Member

Vic, an independent non-exec director, has enjoyed a 50-year high-performance business career, both as a global leader and general manager in PwC, IBM and Ford, and as a leadership consultant to many organisations, large and small, in the commercial world and in public service.

Latterly he has served as a Board member at the Ministry of Justice, the Chartered Institue of Public Finance & Accountancy, the Rugby Players Association and the Foundation for Leadership through Sport.

He is a leadership coach to several elite athletes and sports clubs and for the past three years has Chaired a group at the RFU driving various initiatives that will leave a sustained sporting legacy from the Rugby World Cup.

Sir David Tanner

Board Member

Sir David Tanner, an independent non-exec director, led British Rowing through its richest ever period of success as Performance Director from 1996 to 2018.
GB won three medals in 2000  in Sydney, four in Athens and six at Beijing in 2008.  At London 2012, Great Britain increased this tally to nine medals, with five medals won at Rio 2016.
David first came to the forefront when he coached the ‘Ealing Four’ in the late 1970s, from scratch as schoolboys to an Olympic bronze in Moscow in 1980. In the days before Lottery Funding for sport he had a full-time career in education and was headmaster for 10 years at a large West London comprehensive.

The Science and Ethics Advisory Group

The Science and Ethics Advisory Group (S&EAG) was established in 2017. The key responsibilities of the group is to provide external scrutiny and advice and to contribute to the quality assurance of EIS technical development and projects, advise on the ethical nature of scientific projects and to establish an ethics group to provide formal approval of scientific research projects where required.

To read the Science and Ethics Advisory Group Terms of reference, please click here.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee considers external and internal audit reports and oversees risk management processes, reviews the statutory accounts and other financial matters. Chaired by John Dowson, the EIS shares an audit committee with UK Sport.

View our Publications

To view all EIS Publications, including board minutes, visit our resources section

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Data Management

Information on how the EIS collects, holds and processes personal data, your rights and how to access it.

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EIS Annual Accounts

View The English Institute of Sport Limited annual reports and statements

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