British Swimming names Jack Buckner as new CEO

British Swimming names Jack Buckner as new CEO

Jack Buckner has been appointed as the new chief executive of British Swimming.

The 55-year-old will replace David Sparkes in the coming months, and will provide strategic leadership on the back of the organisation’s most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.

The former Olympic runner will step down from his current role as chief executive of the British Triathlon Federation, and has previous experience working as a strategic lead for national governing bodies and in market development for Sport England.

“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed CEO of British Swimming,” said Buckner, who will lead British Swimming into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “The role presents great opportunities and challenges and I’m excited to be part of this high-performing Olympic and Paralympic sport.

“I have really enjoyed my time at British Triathlon and look forward to watching the sport’s continued progression in the years ahead.”

David Sparkes, British Swimming’s departing chief executive, added: “I have enjoyed my time with British Swimming and we have seen many changes and great performances. I welcome Jack to British Swimming. He will find himself leading a great team of people who in turn have some fantastic athletes.

“I am sure under Jack’s leadership we will see British Swimming move on to even greater success. I shall now, as a volunteer where I started from in 1994, take an interest in our future as we prepare for Tokyo and future challenges.”