Following a comprehensive recruitment process, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) is delighted to announce that Ed Warner OBE has been appointed to the Board of Trustees with immediate effect and will take over from the current Chair, Kevin Aitchison, when he stands down in September 2020.
Warner was Chairman of UK Athletics from 2007 to 2017, and has been Chair of World Para Athletics for the International Paralympic Committee since 2011. He also ran the successful bid to stage the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London’s Olympic Stadium, and was subsequently Chair of the London 2017 organising committee.
Current Chair, Kevin Aitchison, said: “I am delighted that Ed has agreed to join the Board of Trustees. Having decided that 2020 is the right time for me to step down from the Board, the experience that Ed has gained from his time at both UK Athletics and World Para Athletics, as well as his proven leadership skills, will provide GBWR with the best possible opportunity to continue the growth that the sport has experienced since London 2012. For the next 9 months, Ed will effectively have the role of Chair designate, ensuring that the sport benefits from continuity of leadership throughout.
Ed Warner said “I’ve been hugely impressed with the progress wheelchair rugby has made in recent years, most visibly in the growing success of the elite GB team, and have great respect for the work GBWR has done in often challenging circumstances. I now look forward to working with all the volunteers, athletes and staff across the sport in Britain to help ensure that it thrives at all levels, from grassroots to the world stage, in the years ahead.”