Ali Oliver has today been confirmed Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust by the charity's Board of Directors following a rigorous external recruitment process.
Oliver has acted as Interim Chief Executive for the six month period since John Steele left the charity in December 2014.
Having joined the Youth Sport Trust in 2004 as Implementation Director, Oliver holds over 20 years experience in education and sports development. She previously acted as Youth Sport Trust Managing Director, responsible for leading the Youth Sport Trust's Sporting Start, Sporting Chance and Sporting Best strategies, overseeing the work of the organisation's team of development staff.
She said: "It is a great honour to be confirmed as Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. I feel passionately about the impact of our vital work and am privileged to lead such a talented team, driving improvements in the quality of physical education and school sport.
"I look forward to continuing to build on the Trust's 20 years of experience to extend our strategic partnerships and pioneering development work in order to provide every young person with access to high quality PE and school sport. This is an exciting challenge and I thank the Board and staff for their continued support."
Youth Sport Trust Chair Baroness Sue Campbell said: "I am delighted to confirm Ali as Chief Executive. She was the outstanding candidate and unanimous choice of the interview panel. She has done a fantastic job leading the organisation over the last six months and her wealth of experience has been invaluable throughout.
"Her vision and commitment to improving the lives of young people will ensure the Youth Sport Trust continues to evolve to create more opportunities, strengthening the impact we have today and for years to come."
Prior to joining the Youth Sport Trust, Ali was the Deputy Director of Sport at the University of Bath, where she was also the Director of netball. Ali was in charge of academic programmes including the PGCE Physical Education programme and worked on the English Institute of Sport project. Before moving to the University of Bath, Ali was Head of PE at Millfield School, having started her career as a PE teacher in Essex.