Jack Buckner has been announced as the new Chief Executive of British Swimming as the sport continues its preparations for Tokyo 2020.
Buckner, who is currently the Chief Executive of the British Triathlon Federation, will take the reins of British Swimming in the coming months and will provide strategic leadership as its sports build on the back of their best ever Olympic and Paralympic Games’ performances in Rio.
Previous to his role at British Triathlon, Buckner worked as Strategic Lead for National Governing Bodies and Market Development for Sport England and will continue to support and grow the culture of success within British Swimming.
On his new role Buckner said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed CEO of British Swimming.
“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.”
Maurice Watkins CBE British Swimming Chairman said: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Buckner as the new Chief Executive of British Swimming to succeed David Sparkes OBE on his retirement at the end of June after 23 committed years’ service to British Swimming and whom we all wish well for the future.”
Current British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes said: “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.”