Kate Hoey MP to step down as Chair of London Sport

March 22, 2017

Kate Hoey MP, the former Minister for Sport, is to step down from her role as Chair of London Sport, the organisation has announced.

 

Hoey was appointed as the first Chair of the organisation in 2014. Prior to that, she was appointed Commissioner for Sport in 2008 under the previous Mayor, Boris Johnson, where she then oversaw significant investment into grassroots sport from City Hall and established the (then) London Community Sport Board. In the course of her tenure, Hoey has overseen a number of significant achievements, notably the creation of London Sport from the merger of five pre-existing organisations, achieving immediate impact at the grassroots through additional investment of over £500,000 to grassroots sport in the first year of London Sport’s operations, the merger with disability sport specialists, Interactive, in 2016, and most recently the development of London’s House of Sport, which will open its doors later this year. The process to identify a new Chair for London Sport is underway and an announcement about a successor is expected to be made in the coming months. Kate will be staying on until her replacement is appointed.

 

Commenting on her decision to step down as Chair of London Sport, Kate Hoey MP said:

“It has been wonderful to have worked in sport in London since 2008, firstly as Chair of the former London Community Sports Board and then serving as the first ever Chair of London Sport. I am truly proud of all that’s been achieved in that time. I am delighted to be able to leave London Sport in such a strong position. I believe passionately in the power of grassroots sport and its ability to change people’s lives for the better, and I am proud to leave London Sport with the foundations to enable more people across the capital to enjoy the benefits of sport.

“In stepping down, I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to the current and previous Mayor of London and to Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, for their unwavering and constant support of the work of London Sport. I look forward to seeing the organisation go from strength to strength in serving the needs of grassroots sport in London in the future.”

 

Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement said:

“Kate has a long and distinguished record in sport and has been a real champion for growing grassroots sport in London. In that time, Kate has been instrumental in the development of London Sport and at the forefront of the investment made in grassroots sport in the capital and I place on record City Hall’s thanks for all that she has done for sport in our great city.”

 

Peter Fitzboydon, Chief Executive of London Sport, said:

“Since I joined London Sport in August 2014, Kate has been a true ally and a formidable champion of the work of London Sport. Her depth of knowledge, fierce dedication to the importance of sport in everyday life and ability to constructively challenge the status quo have been vital in setting and delivering against a strategy to help make London the most physically active city in the world.

“On a personal level, Kate has been an indispensable supporter over the past two and a half years, and I, along with the whole of London Sport, thank her for her commitment to getting London Sport to the place it is today.”