The Board of British Canoeing has announced the appointments of Professor John Coyne as the new Chair for the organisation and Bronagh Kennedy as an Independent Director.
Interim Chair of British Canoeing David Belbin said:
“Following an open and transparent recruitment process in which we attracted a number of high calibre candidates I am extremely pleased that the Board has appointed Professor John Coyne and Bronagh Kennedy as Chair and Independent Directors.
“I am confident that both John and Bronagh will bring a high level of expertise and knowledge to our Board, alongside a passion for canoeing and an ambition to see the sport flourish.”
With a 40 year career in higher education Professor John Coyne was Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby for 11 years, before retiring in July 2015. His contribution to the sector was recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List when he was awarded a CBE for services to higher education.
John is also well known in the business sector and was a founder director on the Board of D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and a commissioner of the UK Commission on Employment and Skills.
He is also currently a non-executive director of CFE Research and Consultancy Ltd and until the end of November 2016 the Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust.
Speaking of his appointment Professor John Coyne said
“Naturally I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of British Canoeing at an exciting time for the sport, as we embark on a new strategy that will be launched next year.
“I look forward to working with my fellow Board directors providing governance, leadership and guidance, alongside being proactive in supporting all members of the paddling community to grow and develop the sport on the back of a successful Rio 2016 Games.”
Bronagh Kennedy is a highly experienced Company Secretary and General Counsel who has worked for Severn Trent since June 2011. Previously Bronagh held a similar role at Mitchells & Butlers, where she worked for 15 years. Prior to that she was a Senior Associate at Allen & Overy.
With a demonstrable track record of success at a senior level with significant HR experience Bronagh will also be the Chair of British Canoeing’s new HR and Remunerations Committee.
Speaking of her appointment Bronagh Kennedy said:
“I am relishing the opportunity to join the Board at British Canoeing as a non-executive Independent Director and looking forward to applying my skills and knowledge gained in the world of business to support the development of the sport.”
Following the appointment process the British Canoeing Board will have 12 members – six elected directors from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, five independent directors, and the Chief Executive Officer David Joy.
Current Board members collectively have a broad range of professional experience including legal, IT, financial and HR knowledge as well as active involvement in canoeing within the federal representatives and independent board members.
Professor John Coyne and Bronagh Kennedy will join the Board from 1 November 2016.