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Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

Meet our senior leadership team

  • 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

    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.

    Subsequently he spent ten years with MAN Truck and Bus (part of the VW group), latterly as Finance Director.

  • Tash Carpenter

    Tash Carpenter

    Director of Corporate Communications

    Tash joined the EIS in May 2018 after moving from her previous role as Head of Communications at Premiership Rugby.

    She 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.

  • Craig Ranson

    Dr Craig Ranson

    Director of Athlete Health

    Craig joined the EIS in 2017 from his posts as Programme Director of the Cardiff Met University MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine, and Physiotherapist with the Wales Rugby Team.

  • Matt Parker

    Director of Performance Innovation

    After qualifying as a physiologist, Matt Parker spent the first four years of his career at the EIS working with a wide range of Olympic sports.

    He joined British Cycling in 2006, coaching athletes to gold medal performances at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, before taking on the role of Head of Marginal Gains for the London 2012 Olympic cycle.

    Post-London, Matt spent three years as Head of Athletic Performance at the Rugby Football Union (RFU) before returning to the EIS in March 2016, initially as the Interim Strategic Lead for Research and Innovation and now as Director of Performance Innovation.

  • Dr Kevin Currell

    Director of Science and Technical Development

    Dr Currell joined the EIS in 2006 as part of the Practitioner Development Programme.

    He has a Masters from the Sheffield Hallam University, a PhD from the University of Birmingham, the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition and is a registered nutritionist.

  • Jaqui Perryer

    Group HR Director

    Jaqui Perryer joined the SLT in January 2017.

    She has accountability for ensuring the right strategies are in place to develop and motivate our people, ensuring they are at the heart of discussions and decision making, for delivering HR activity as efficiently and effectively as possible and for leading the EIS through the change activity required to deliver our Tokyo Strategy.

  • Rod Jaques

    Dr Rod Jaques

    Director of Medical Services

    Dr Rod Jaques FFSEM (UK), Dipl Sports Med, FISM, DRCOG, MRCGP, is Director of Medical Services at the EIS.

    Before joining the EIS in 2003, Dr Jaques qualified in medicine from the University of London, receiving his MRCGP in 1989. He went on to complete the London Hospital Diploma course in Sports Medicine, qualifying with a distinction and the David Ritchie prize in 1990.  He has attended the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics with Team GB and the Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games with the England Team in a clinical capacity.  From 1989-2004, Dr Jaques was the Medical Advisor to the British Triathlon Association. Since that time he has also held roles with England Netball, GB Modern Pentathlon , GB Bobsleigh, Gloucestershire County Cricket and Gloucester Rugby.

  • Peter Elliott

    Director of Operations

    As an athlete Peter was part of the great Coe, Ovett and Cram era winning medals at Commonwealth, World, European and Olympic level.