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British Cycling appoints Julie Harrington as new CEO

Harrington joins British Cycling after leaving her role of group operations director at the Football Association

Josh Cunningham
6 Mar 2017

British Cycling has appointed Julie Harrington, former group operations director at the FA, as the governing body's new chief executive officer. 

Harrington brings 15 years of experience leading sports organisations to the role, being responsible for the running of both Wembley Stadium and St George's Park (the FA's national football centre), where she was charged with overseeing the construction and launch of a £100 million training centre that is home to Englad's 24 national football teams. In the past she has also worked for British Airways, Whitbread, Carlsberg-Tetley and Allied Domecq.

Harrington, who is due to start her role from May 2017, will no doubt be aware of the circumstances in which she joins British Cycling, with the governing body having experienced one of the most turbulent years in its history. 

'I am thrilled to be asked to lead British Cycling as it embarks on a new chapter in its history,' she said. 'This is the right time to be joining one of this country’s leading governing bodies. British Cycling already has a fantastic track record of using elite success to inspire millions of people to get active by getting on their bikes and is now setting its sights on new ambitions and a new way of working.'

The governing body remains at the centre of ongoing investigations being made by UKAD and a government Select Committee, which have continued to unearth possible wrongdoings and a lack of dilligence at both British Cycling and Team Sky. 

Harrington's predecessor, Ian Drake, announced that he would be stepping down late last year, at a time when the governing body was being subjected to investigations - sparked by accusations of sexism and bullying - into the culture surrounding it. 

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