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Professor Simon Chadwick appointed as Trustee

We are pleased to announce that Professor Simon Chadwick has been appointed as a trustee to the board of Women in Sport.

Simon is Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford University in Manchester, where he is also a Director of the Centre for Sports Business. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He said of his appointment:

“Women’s sport has made dramatic strides in recent years, at the grassroots level, the elite professional level and the space in between. Mass participation events are booming, professional athletes are succeeding at the highest level, and commercial revenues are beginning to grow. In this context it is a very exciting time to be taking-on this new role, one which I am greatly looking forward to. I hope to be able to make a strong and positive contribution through research to the success of women’s sport. Clearly there remain some challenges ahead, yet through high-quality research I think that together Women and Sport and me can effectively begin to address them.”

Simon joins the Board as the Trustee with responsibility for developing the charity’s research and policy aims. His current research focuses on the commercial, managerial and geo-political aspects of sport. In particular, he is actively engaged in research on sponsorship, social media and digital technology, sports brands, fans as customers, soft power and the geo-politics of sport in Asia. He has a strong interest in the sport industry across the world, with an interest in Asian countries including China, India and Qatar.

Sally Hancock, Chair of Women in Sport, said:
“We are really pleased to welcome Simon to the Women in Sport board. We were looking for a trustee with a blend of strong research expertise and relevant knowledge of the sport sector to complement our current trustees. Simon brings with him a wealth of experience from his rigorous academic background that will benefit the charity considerably; we look forward to working with him as we continue our mission to transform sport for the benefit of every girl and women in the UK.”