Triathlon Scotland Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Chief Correspondent

The Board of Triathlon Scotland today announced the appointment of Louise Wright to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to this appointment, in April 2020, Louise stepped into the role of Interim CEO to lead Triathlon Scotland through the complexity of COVID-19 resilience, stabilising the organisation against the impacts of the pandemic, and on to recovery ensuring that our sport is financially and environmentally sustainable and is fully inclusive. These will remain ongoing priorities alongside growing participation in the sport as part of an active healthy lifestyle and increasing value for our members. In addition, she has driven forward change including redefining our High Performance strategy and the role of our High Performance Centre in Stirling, and further improved collaboration with our key strategic partners at British Triathlon and sportscotland.

Louise has extensive experience in sport having worked for Scottish Rugby, British Swimming and British Diving, in addition to the Scottish and English Institutes of Sport. She also attended the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games with Team Scotland on the medical team and the 2016 Olympics as Team GB Lead Physiotherapist for the British Swimming Open Water Team.  She is an experienced non-executive director and business leader as the Chair of Snowsport England and Director of GB Snowsport.

Louise brings a unique and diverse set of skills to Triathlon Scotland that are vital at this stage in its evolution. She has impeccable corporate governance and non-executive Board experience, and a depth of practical sports experience from grassroots including the impact on health and wellbeing of the nation, right through to international podium.  

Dougie Cameron, Chair of Triathlon Scotland said; “As we emerge from the pandemic and triathlon starts the journey back towards normality, the need for exceptional leadership has never been clearer. Following an extensive search, supported by executive recruiters MM Search, Louise emerged as an exceptional candidate and we are delighted to appoint her as our new Chief Executive Officer. She brings an incredible depth of experience across sport from high performance through to the role of grassroots activity, which will be crucial in developing our sport for the future. Combined with her Board level experience as a Chair and non-executive director in other governing bodies, she is the ideal choice to drive forward the future success of Triathlon Scotland and our sport.

Andy Salmon, Chief Executive Officer at the British Triathlon Federation commentated “Louise’s appointment is welcome news to all of us at British Triathlon and Triathlon England. We very much look forward to continuing to work with her and the team at Triathlon Scotland.”

Louise Wright commented; “I am delighted to accept the role of Chief Executive Officer of Triathlon Scotland. This role presents a fantastic opportunity to lead triathlon forwards at a critical time for sport and its contribution to the health of the nation. I am passionate about making triathlon an inclusive sport for all and having a positive impact on our local communities.

Louise will begin her role as Chief Executive with immediate effect.

John Levison
Written by
John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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