The Youth Sport Trust is delighted to announce that leading businessman Neil Davidson CBE has been appointed its new chair.
Neil will bring a wealth of business, education and professional sporting experience to the charity, and an absolute passion for its mission to create a brighter future for young people through sport. He has sat on the boards of two FTSE 100 companies, chaired three commercial organisations, serves as a trustee at an academy chain and governor at a special needs school and was previously Chair of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
He is set to take up the post on 1 January 2018 when current Chair Baroness Sue Campbell’s term of office comes to an end. Baroness Campbell leaves the role after 23 years of incredible service, having established, nurtured and led the charity from day one. Sue’s belief in the power of sport to change lives has inspired the mission and followership of the Youth Sport Trust; she will continue her involvement in the Trust in an honorary role.
Chair-elect Neil Davidson said:
The Youth Sport Trust is an organisation full of passion, commitment and expertise which make a positive difference to the lives of children on a huge scale. I am very proud to have been chosen to lead it into an exciting new era and follow in the footsteps of Baroness Campbell who has done so much for young people and for sport.
I passionately believe that sport has a massive role to play in tackling some of the big challenges of today when we see increasing levels of obesity and mental health issues affecting young people. I would not be the person I am today without the significant role that sport has played in my life from an early age. It is incredibly important that we ensure this and future generations of children get those same opportunities.
I’m excited to get started and help the Trust continue to evolve so that in these challenging times it has the strength and resilience to continue its fantastic work building a brighter future for young people.
Outgoing Chair Baroness Campbell said:
“It has been a huge honour to build, grow and lead the work of the Trust and see the amazing impact it has had on the lives of millions of children.
“I’m delighted that I will be handing over to someone who really shares our passion for the life-changing potential of sport to improve young people’s lives. I looking forward to cheering Neil on and seeing the Trust continue to flourish and grow under his leadership.”
YST Chief Executive Ali Oliver said:
“Neil joins us at an exciting and pivotal time. His expertise and leadership will be a huge asset as we enter a new era and write the next chapter in this amazing story.
“It is fantastic for us that we have been able to appoint a candidate of Neil’s calibre, with his considerable breadth of experience across the worlds of business, education and sport.
“Since its formation, the Trust has evolved and developed in line with the times, to ensure we stay relevant to the challenges of today. In 2018 we’ll be evolving again as we launch a new strategy and vision. Under Neil’s leadership we will be well positioned to continue making a huge impact on the lives of this and future generations of children.”