The Triathlon Scotland Board has announced that Louise Wright will continue in her role as Interim CEO for the next 12 months.
Louise was appointed to the Triathlon Scotland Board as Performance Director in November 2019, and took on the interim role of Chief Executive Officer in April while the recruitment process began for a new CEO.
Since taking up the role, Louise has led the organisation’s Covid -19 response by ensuring that Triathlon Scotland were working with our partners to best support our members, clubs, coaches, event organisers and volunteers through this tough period for our community.
Having forged strong relationships with staff, partners and the triathlon community throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the Triathlon Scotland Board have asked that Louise continue in her interim role for another year. The role of CEO is critical to the future of Triathlon Scotland and the Board have decided that the priority in the short term had to be continuity while our sport stabilises and recovers from the impact of Covid-19. The search will recommence once the Board are confident they can give the recruitment of our next CEO the focus it deserves.
Dougie Cameron, Triathlon Scotland Chair, said
“Louise has led Triathlon Scotland’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic working closely with our staff team, sportscotland and the wider triathlon community over the last few months.”
“Louise has done an incredible job of navigating us through the last 5 months and we are delighted she has agreed to continue in her interim role for another year. As we look to rebuild the sport over the coming months it is important that there is strong leadership and this will provide some stability in these turbulent times.”
On accepting the interim position, Louise said:
“I delighted to be asked to continue in the interim CEO role. Undoubtedly it has been a challenging time for triathlon and the entire sport sector however I believe that by working closely with our partners and community Triathlon Scotland can successfully rebuild and recover from this pandemic.”
British Triathlon Chief Executive, Andy Salmon, said: “It has been great working with Louise over the last five months and I am really pleased that she is continuing in the role for the next year. I am proud of the way in which British Triathlon and all three Home Nations have collaborated in our response to Covid-19 to ensure our sport is back up and running in a safe manner after lockdown. Louise was a key part of this and I am excited to see what we can achieve together in the next year.”
Louise has 14 years of experience working in High Performance Sport across a range of organisations and governing bodies, including the Scottish Institute of Sport, English Institute of Sport, British Swimming, British Diving and Scottish Rugby. She has experience at the highest level of performance sport having attended World Championships, the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games with Team Scotland and the 2016 Olympic Games with Team GB in support service roles.
The recruitment process for a permanent CEO will re-commence next summer.