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The EIS is recruiting a new Chair to take over prior to the Olympics and Paralympics in 2021

01 October 2020

There is still time to apply for the exciting role of English Institute of Sport (EIS) Chair – one of the most critical and influential roles across the UK Sport high performance system.

The EIS are looking for a people-driven leader who has a good understanding of the world of high performance sport and possesses excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills at board and senior executive level.

The successful candidate will lead the refining and driving of the future strategic direction of the EIS from Tokyo to Paris and beyond with the aim to deliver outstanding support that enables sports and athletes to excel while putting people at the heart of extraordinary performance.

“The chair position is a vital one for the EIS,” EIS national director Nigel Walker said.

“The chair not only leads the EIS board, which directs the EIS strategy, but is also the EIS representative on the UK Sport board.

“The chair keeps the UK Sport chair, who is currently Dame Katherine Grainger, and UK Sport’s most senior leaders up to date with the work of the EIS and is an important point of connection between the two organisations. The chair also works closely with me, as national director, and the senior leadership team.

“Given the scale and scope of the work of the EIS, the role of the chair has never been more important and I hope that we get some brilliant applicants who are energised to play a leading role in supporting the EIS and the high-performance system.”

The EIS is the world’s leading provider of sports science, medicine, technology and innovation to high performance sport, and is committed to the delivery of outstanding performance-impacting support that enables sports and athletes in the UK to excel.

Every day, people in the EIS work alongside many of Great Britain’s most successful athletes, to support them in fulfilling their dreams alongside providing us with inspirational moments at the Summer and Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

With the current chair of the board of the EIS approaching the end of their allowed second four-year term, the new chair will take over prior to the Olympics and Paralympics in 2021.

To apply, please read our detailed recruitment pack or contact Jaqui Perryer, Group HR Director, in confidence to find out more about the role at

Applications close on 8 October 2020.