UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Chief Executive Andy Parkinson will leave the organization to become Chief Executive Officer of British Rowing, according to an announcement by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Chair David Kenworthy.
Parkinson will take up the post early in 2015. The Chief Executive, who has headed U.K. Anti-Doping since its inception in 2009, will take over at British Rowing starting on January 1. Confirming the news, Parkinson said it has been a privilege to be the first Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping. Parkinson said he have had the opportunity to work with many highly skilled and committed individuals and is extremely proud of what UKAD has achieved over the past five years. The outgoing UKAD Chief Executive added Rowing has been one of the most successful British Olympic sports and he is very much looking forward to leading the organization as it strives for greater success, growth and participation at every level. He also remarked now is the time for him to seek a fresh challenge and it is an honor to be joining British Rowing as Chief Executive Officer.
Andy headed the anti-doping operations at UK Sport (2006 – 2009) before his leadership of UKAD. Parkinson was actively involved in the global defense of clean athletes, including with WADA’s Independent Observer Program, chairing the program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2010 Tour de France. Andy Parkinson is also the elected Chair of the Ad Hoc European Committee for WADA, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Governments (elected May 2012).
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Chair David Kenworthy remarked Andy played a major role in setting up UKAD with many years of experience in anti-doping. Kenworthy added Andy selected a first class team and laid the foundations for what has become a global leading organization in anti-doping after being appointed the first Chief Executive. The UKAD Chair also remarked Andy is an acknowledged expert and the movement as a whole has benefitted from his enormous experience and leadership and British Rowing is fortunate to have recruited Andy who is an excellent CEO and he wishes him every success in this important new role. Kenworthy added that Andy will be fully engaged with UKAD and his chief executive role here until at least the year end.
Kenworthy said a global search will commence immediately to ensure an appropriate replacement is appointed but this will not be rushed and said he and the Board are very confident UKAD’s excellent work will continue until an appropriate replacement is found. The UK Anti-Doping Chair added UKAD is looking forward to an exciting and busy 2015 with a new World Anti-Doping Code to implement on behalf of clean athletes and major events, such as the Rugby World Cup, to support.
UK Minister for Sport Helen Grant said she would like to thank Andy Parkinson for the huge contribution he has made to anti-doping in the UK. She added Andy has led UKAD superbly since its inception in 2009, strengthening links with law-enforcement agencies to take the fight to drug cheats and suppliers as well as educating thousands of athletes on the importance of clean sport in the run up to London 2012 and beyond and she wishes him all the best in his new role as chief executive of British Rowing.