Frank Slevin appointed independent chair of British Cycling

Frank Slevin appointed independent chair of British Cycling

British Cycling has announced the appointment of Frank Slevin as the new independent chair of the sport’s governing body in Great Britain.

Slevin, who is the executive chair of retail company House of Fraser, brings wide-ranging experience to the role including work in retail, financial services and regulatory oversight.

He replaces former motor industry executive Jonathan Browning, who took up the role temporarily while British Cycling underwent a period of change following an independent review of its culture and working practices.

The review was carried out after allegations of bullying and sexism were made against the former performance director of the organisation, Shane Sutton, and concluded that there had been a culture of bullying within British Cycling.

Those findings, combined with an inconclusive UK Anti-Doping investigation into Team Sky and British Cycling, caused the governing body to be threatened with a withdrawal of its funding unless it overhauled its leadership.

As part of its restructuring, British Cycling has appointed a new chief executive, performance director, head of medicine and several new coaches and directors in the last 12 months.

“It is a great privilege to have been chosen to support the leadership team in British Cycling as we look to a new era for the sport and for every cyclist in the country,” said Slevin. “I bring a long-held passion for cycling, combined with a career that has been committed to helping organisations maintain high performance and manage change, whilst upholding the best standards of governance.

“I believe British Cycling is at a crossroads in terms of the standards of governance now expected, and in particular the way elite athletes are supported. At the same time, I want British Cycling to work with everyone across the sector, as we look to live up to our ambition to be a world class governing body and a leading cycling nation.

“I have met with our chief executive, Julie Harrington and I’m looking forward to working with her. One of my key priorities will be to give Julie the support she needs as she implements her plans to take British Cycling forward. I’m also very excited about our partnership with HSBC UK, who share our ambitions for the potential of cycling in this country from the playground to the podium.”

Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, added: “We are thrilled to be able to confirm the recruitment of Frank - his background and the insight and experience he will bring from beyond the world of sport will be an enormous asset as British Cycling looks to a future where our country can truly count itself as a great cycling nation.”