Lindsays’ Ian Beattie named as new chair of UK Athletics

Lindsays’ Ian Beattie named as new chair of UK Athletics

Ian Beattie

Ian Beattie, the chief operating officer of Lindsays, has been named as the new chair of UK Athletics.

He will take on the role in October, as his time in the same role at scottishathletics comes to a close after its maximum nine-year period.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Chair position at UK Athletics.

“It is an exciting time to be taking on the role, and I look forward to helping the organisation provide a positive environment for athletes, coaches, officials and everyone else involved in the sport.

“Having previously chaired one of the Home Country Athletics Federations, I recognise the importance of all the athletics’ bodies in the UK working together, with each of us performing our roles to the highest possible standard.”

He added: “My vision is for athletics to be a sport where everyone pulls in the same direction and feels proud to be part of the athletics family in the UK. It is encouraging that the structures are now in place to allow that to happen, and I look forward to helping UKA play its part in achieving this in the years ahead.”

Lindsays chairman Peter Tweedie said: “Everyone at the firm is delighted for Ian, who is an important part of our team. As a business, we are proud supporters of athletics in Scotland and wish him every success in this important and exciting role.”

UK Athletics senior independent director Penny Avis, who oversaw the recruitment process, said: “On behalf of the Board of UK Athletics, I am delighted to welcome Ian as our new chair. Ian’s deep athletics knowledge and his passion and energy for the role, combined with his chair and business experience, will be a fantastic asset for us.”

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