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Jonathan Browning replaces Bob Howden as British Cycling chair

Josh Cunningham
9 Feb 2017

Howden steps down from chair but remains in his position as President

British Cycling has announced that Bob Howden has officially stepped down as chair of the governing body, being replaced by Jonathan Browning, but will continue to serve as President. 

His replacement Browning was initially hired in 2015 as a non-executive board member, and brings to the job his experience of being a former chairman of Vauxhall and managing director of Jaguar Cars.

'I am honoured to have been elected as the new chair of British Cycling at such an important moment in its history,' he said. 'British Cycling has delivered tremendous success for the sport at every level over the past two decades, but there is clearly work to do to take the organisation to the next level.

'I look forward to working with the executive leadership team, including our new performance director Stephen Park, to do just that. Recruitment for a new chief executive is going well and we expect to make a further announcement in the next few weeks.'

Howden meanwhile said: 'The appointment of an independent chair brings British Cycling more closely in line with the new Code for Sports Governance and is also an important step in work that has been going on for some time in updating the structures of the organisation to ensure we have the capacity to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.'

The election of Browning came on the same day that news broke of a further delay to the publication of results relating to an independent review of the culture at British Cycling, and amid a separate investigation relating to potential wrondoing at Team Sky. Ian Drake, the former CEO of British Cycling, stepped down from his position last month and - as Browning says - is yet to be officially replaced. 

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