A New Era for British Rowing

[newsimage=0]After 52 years as a rower, coxswain, official, passionate supporter and dedicated servant of Rowing, Di Ellis CBE, will come to the end of her final term of office as Chairman of British Rowing in February 2013.

Di has overseen a unique period of growth and success for our sport, and speaking on behalf of the sport’s Executive Board and Council, the Chairman said: ‘I am very pleased to announce the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer to work with British Rowing’s fantastic team of  staff and volunteers.

‘Rowing is setting out on a new and exciting phase of growth and development which will be adding value to what is already a very successful organisation. As part of that planned development, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Burt as British Rowing’s Chief Executive Officer.

‘The business and marketing skills that Kate brings to Rowing will be invaluable as we look to build on the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic regattas. She has a proven track record in operational and strategic planning as well as understanding the power of sport and how it can be harnessed to create opportunity for commercial revenue, participation and engagement. I believe Rowing will have a fantastic new ambassador for the sport we love.

‘The Board is confident that Kate brings just the right blend of sporting background and commercial skills to ensure that Rowing, from grass roots to podium, will continue to go from strength to strength.’

UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl said: ‘I’d like to offer my congratulations to Kate Burt as the new CEO of British Rowing. Kate was exceptional throughout the interview process, and I have no doubt she will provide fantastic leadership at this exciting time for British sport.

‘The appointment of a CEO is a clear indication of the sports commitment to building on British Rowing’s success to date and driving a strong legacy from London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as we head into the RIO 2016 cycle. UK Sport has had an excellent working relationship with British Rowing and we look forward to forging a partnership with Kate as she settles into her new and important role.’

Sport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said:  ‘On behalf of Sport England, I would like to congratulate Kate Burt on her new appointment.  She joins rowing at a vital time for the sport, as it looks to seize the opportunity of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games not only to win medals but also to build a lasting legacy of increased participation. I look forward to working with her.’

Kate Burt said: ‘I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to be part of the winning team that is British Rowing. To be able to join one of the UK’s most successful sports in London’s Olympic and Paralympic year is a great honour.

‘I look forward to working with all the team at British Rowing to build upon a great legacy and help secure success for the future.’