British Rowing Statement

Andy Parkinson has stepped down as Chief Executive of British Rowing after six years at the helm

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Andy joined British Rowing in 2015, and has led the sport through a period of restructuring and modernisation. He has resigned to explore new opportunities, and leaves with the best wishes of the Board and thanks for his steady hand on the tiller in a time of change in the structures of the sport.

Speaking on behalf of the Board, British Rowing Chair Mark Davies said, “I have enjoyed working with Andy over the last few years and I wish him all the best in his next challenge. He came in to lead the sport through a difficult transformative period and he has done that with integrity, polish and expertise over the last six years. I shall particularly miss his wise approach to and deep knowledge of the politics of sport both here in the UK and more widely in the world. I hope our paths cross again at some point.”

Andy Parkinson said, “It has been an extremely enjoyable, interesting and challenging six years with two Olympic and Paralympic Games in this time. I joined after several rapid changes in the CEO role and am very proud of the developments the team and I have made since 2015. Six years of stability has enabled British Rowing to transform, diversify and develop into a progressive National Governing Body, with a recently agreed new strategic vision focused on further inclusion.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge and wanted to give a successor time to input into, and importantly own, plans for the next investment cycle and beyond. I have had the privilege of working with some outstanding volunteers, staff and athletes. I have every confidence that they will be able to take the sport from strength to strength and deliver the exciting new vision we developed together. I also have every confidence in the team, rowers, coaches and support staff and I fully expect to be celebrating, with the whole nation, many medal winning moments in 2024.”


For any media enquires please contact Kenny Baillie, Director of Partnerships & Communications – kenny.baillie@britishrowing.org

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